using language that could be exclusionary or offensive to any particular
group based on race, gender, religion, disability, or any other
students using gender-neutral terms whenever possible.
use the pronouns that students prefer. If unsure, ask or use
gender-neutral language until their pronouns are known.
from using profanity, slang, or any language that could be considered disrespectful
or inappropriate for the educational setting.
Mindful of Cultural Sensitivities:
respect for students' diverse cultural backgrounds and avoid making
assumptions or stereotypical comments about any cultural group.
your language to the age group of the students you are addressing. Avoid
using complex jargon or inappropriate content.
positive and motivational language to encourage students' participation
from using humor that could be offensive, hurtful, or demeaning to any
individual or group.
discussing sensitive or personal topics unless directly related to the
Cautious with Sensitive Topics:
you need to address sensitive or potentially triggering subjects, provide
content warnings in advance, and be prepared to offer support if needed.
Questions and Discussions:
an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and
engaging in constructive discussions.
Open to Feedback:
- If a
student or educator raises concerns about your language, be receptive and
willing to adapt your approach.
Respectful of Individual Learning Styles:
and accommodate different learning styles and abilities when
communicating with students.
clear of language that discriminates against any individual or group
based on their background or characteristics.
Clear and Simple Language:
clearly and avoid using overly complicated or technical language that may
be difficult for students to understand.
a Positive Example:
- As a
speaker, model respectful and inclusive language in all interactions with
students, staff, and fellow speakers.
Remember volunteers/speakers have a significant impact on
students' experiences, so using appropriate language is essential for fostering
a positive and supportive learning environment. By following these guidelines, volunteers/speakers
can create a space where students feel valued, respected, and inspired to
I have read and understand the expectations above.