Language is continuously evolving and adapts to societal norms. Changing language can bring awareness to underlying societal issues like biases and discrimination. It can be a big step in challenging stereotypes and biases contributing to social inequalities. However, is changing language to ensure sensitivity and inclusivity enough for lasting change? If the root cause is not addressed, does it overshadow the issues that fuel the language shift? How can we, as social workers, ensure that changes in language fuel broader change in society?
This is a time for conversation – to share feelings, raise concerns, and talk together as a school community. To aid the conversation, space will be limited. (We know it's coming up soon, so if you miss it, don't fear! If there is a lot of interest in this topic, we can hold another session soon.)
About the format. With these smaller Community Conversations, our hope is to explore restorative dialogue and build community, creating a space where we are all teachers and learners. We will draw heavily on practices from intergroup dialogue and restorative justice."
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106