The Language of Inclusion: Pronouns and Other Gendered Words

Thursday, July 28, 2022
6:00 pm7:15 pm
Via Zoom (details provided upon registration)

Zoom rooms, business cards, email signatures, even registration forms - pronouns are turning up in our communication tools more visibly. Why? Pronouns are tools for effective and efficient communication, but their intentional or unintentional misuse can cause confusion and even harm. Using gender-affirming language such as pronouns, and avoiding unnecessary use of highly-gendered words helps us to create spaces that are safe, inviting, and inclusive of people of all genders. If you are curious about how pronouns figure into the larger conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion, join us for one of two sessions on "The Language of Inclusion." We'll learn why pronouns matter, explore the history of pronouns and how they are evolving, consider alternatives to other gendered language (e.g., sir, ma’am), and talk about ways allies can use language to advocate for and support transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. This program is free and open to all.

We are offering two opportunities to participate in this program:
Thursday, July 28: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Tuesday, August 23: Noon to 1:15 pm

About Our Presenter, Leo Taylor:
A native of Muncie, Indiana, Dr. Leo Taylor joined The Ohio State University’s office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in September 2018 with a 50/50 appointment as Program Manager and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology. In November of 2019 he left research and transitioned to full-time in his DEI role.

After arriving at The Ohio State University, Leo spearheaded the creation of a Cultivating Change student organization and now serves as its staff advisor. He provides professional development workshops to students, staff, and faculty of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses, through the Ohio State Extension, and to the entire OSU community. In addition to his work at Ohio State, he delivers local, national, and international workshops on salient diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. Leo has delivered hundreds of workshops, webinars, conference presentations, guest lectures, and keynote addresses on a variety of DEI topics with a specialty in queer and transgender cultural competencies. He is frequently sought after for consultations on issues such as inclusive and equitable hiring practices, gender identity, pronouns, and implicit bias.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrants will both see an on-screen notification and receive a system-generated confirmation email once they have successfully completed the registration process. All registrants and ticket holders will receive a reminder with details and any updates one week prior to the event. Online registration will close 48 business hours before the event.