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Power of Language

As educators, we are all aware of the power of words to convey complex and subtle concepts and attitudes. In class, we use language to communicate ideas, but we also need to be aware of the potential for communicating negative or stereotypical attitudes, intentionally and unintentionally. This is as true of subtle race and gender distinctions as it is of explicit prejudice. Please be careful that in the speech that occurs in your classes and in your written material that you (as well as your students) use language which is free of gender, racial, sexual or other bias.