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Queen's University


Language and how we express ourselves

Language and how we express ourselves plays a vital role in culture and society as it not only identifies who we are and how we interpret the world, but it can also allow the listener to make assessments of your views.

In many cases papers written in academic courses should be non-gender specific unless they are being written about a specific person. This may be accomplished by viewing this as an opportunity for the student and faculty member to challenge gendered and racialized positions. Some terms that are more inclusive and preferred are "people who are racialized" and "person first" language when speaking about persons with disabilities (e.g. person who is blind).

There is an evolution of language so it is important to stay informed about current, preferred and appropriate use of identity terms. If in doubt about appropriate, inclusive terminology, faculty, staff and students may contact the Equity Office for further assistance.

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