Pacific Lutheran University and its Office of Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability have recently launched the “My Language. My Choice. Words Mean Things” digital campaign.
This digital education series encourages reflective conversations around how the language we use can affect others, and will be putting a focus on terms like anti-racist, anti-Blackness, decolonize, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color).
PLU hopes to emphasize that words people choose can have a negative impact on others and can be experienced differently depending on the context, and that it is up to the individual to have the courage to learn from mistakes.
Using definitions as well as dialogue through social media, the PLU staff, faculty, and alumni will explore the history and meanings of these words and invite everyone to join in on the conversation.
Start a conversation early by checking out discussion questions on the PLU website.