The Research Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) is a community of professionals coming together to achieve a common goal: strengthen the information security structure of higher education. The language we use as a community is important to who we are and how we are perceived. Unfortunately, some IT technical jargon and professional shorthand have highly negative connotations.
For that reason, the REN-ISAC is encouraging our member institutions and member representatives to create a more inclusive professional community by using inclusive language. The following guidelines provide alternatives for problematic words and phrases, especially those frequently used in a professional technology environment.
- Avoiding Ableist Language
- Avoiding Ageist Language
- Avoiding Loaded Terminology
- Pronoun Usage and Gendered Language
- Additional Resources
While the REN-ISAC has worked to create a full listing of language alternatives, we readily admit that creating a new, more inclusive professional vocabulary takes time and collaboration. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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