Workshop: Leading with Language 5/6

A panel discussion sharing tips and experiences associated with gender, gender identity, and the use of inclusive language in planning.

The words we use about identities can be rooted in harmful attitudes, stereotypes, and unconscious bias. These biases are the judgments we innately make that inform our understanding, actions, and decisions. In short, the words we use matter. Equitable planning starts with inclusive language. By embracing gender-inclusive language, planners, officials, and the public agencies they represent are actively demonstrating their commitment to dismantling their biases, engaging everyone in the planning process, and building an equitable experience for all.

This panel will feature four panelists from a cross-section of the planning field and community who will share tips and experiences associated with gender, gender identity, and the use of inclusive language in planning and in everyday life. The panelists collaborated on two pieces for APA publications: 9 Tips for Promoting Gender-Inclusive Planning (Nov. 2020 Planning Magazine) and PAS QuickNote No. 88 on, “Gender-Inclusive Language.”

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