Diversity and Inclusion Language
I'd love to start a discussion about how we as grant professionals can impact diversity and inclusion by using better language in our grant proposals.
One example would be using individuals experiencing homelessness instead of the homeless, so we don't label people by their condition.
Another would be replacing underprivileged and minority with something more specific. Underprivileged is used to vaguely describe people across race, class, religion, ability, etc. without naming the specific forms of oppression. Be specific. For example, if you’re using this word but actually mean black people, say that.” And “Minority replaces a group’s actual identity with their total population numbers, and minor can convey the sense of being lesser. Instead be specific or say “historically oppressed” or “marginalized groups.
Julie Assel, GPC