In our previous Equity and Inclusion series post we covered the terms: equity, diversity, and inclusion. The work of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is exhaustive and encompasses many facets of our every day lives - from how we live our lives, how we are perceived by others, and access and opportunity. There are many terms that fall under the umbrella of EDI. In our series, we will take a deeper look into some of these terms but wanted to start with sharing multiple resources that will allow readers to learn key words and phrases in EDI work.

How we communicate and the words we use also have an impact on not only ourselves but also others. Words matter and they can cause tremendous harm. It’s on us to do our part and ensure that the ways we are communicating are not creating barriers for or excluding certain groups of people. We have also provided some resources on how to ensure that the language we use is inclusive.


  1. Equity and Inclusion Glossary  - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Office of Equity and Inclusion
  2. Diversity and Inclusion Dictionary – Virginia Commonwealth University
  3. Diversity and Social Justice - A glossary of working definitions* - University of Massachusetts Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs
  4. Glossary of Bias Terms – Washington University

Guides for Inclusive Communication

  1. A Guide to Inclusive Language  - Courtney Seiter
  2. LGBTQ Inclusive Language Do’s and Don’ts – The Safe Zone Project
  3. 40 Alternatives to Ableist and Oppressive Words – s.e. smith
  4. Inclusive Language Guide – University of Calgary

The resources above cover language and best practices used in conversations regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. The following materials are meant to build common language in understanding EDI and promote open and honest conversation. Such language may change and evolve depending on context, and we recognize that this list may not be fully comprehensive.

Do you know of a great EDI resource? Does your school or senate have a guide that you developed? If so, let us know so we can add it our list. Stay tuned for the next post in our EDI series.