ComNetworkBOSTON: The Language We Use: Who It Includes And Who We Leave Out
As communications professionals, we are all lovers of language. Sometimes, that language can unintentionally exclude people if we’re not aware of our own biases. Common words and phrases are now outdated. Traditional storytelling can marginalize those we serve. When the social sector seeks to “solve problems,” does our own language diminish the inherent value of a group or community?
This unique “Communicating Today” event will feature social sector professionals from various issue areas who can offer advice to help you navigate. They will discuss how our sector can more fully acknowledge diverse abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives. And they will offer guidance on where to turn for landmines to avoid, alternatives to promote, and best practices to advance. Embrace your vulnerabilities. Support your fellow communicators. Bring the questions you have been afraid to ask (and some answers, if you’ve got them).
- Rebecca Jackson, MSW, Senior Director, Organizational Equity Practice, Trinity Boston Connects
- Alejandra St Guillen, Candidate for Boston City Council at Large, City of Boston’s Office of Immigrant Advancement
- Alex Goldstein, CEO, 90 West
- Jessicah Pierre, PR/Marketing Professional, Political Writer, Social Entrepreneur, and Public Speaker