Words at Work: Language as a tool for inclusion (EDHR09)

Provider business unit: Equity and Diversity »

Course overview

A workplace that values diversity and is free of discrimination is more productive and benefits from greater employee satisfaction, improved productivity, reduced employee turnover and increased creativity and innovation through harnessing diverse employee skills and perspectives. Language is a powerful tool for building inclusion at work – it allows people to feel valued, respected and one of the team.

This two hour workshop will be facilitated by experienced diversity experts from the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) . For more information about the Diversity Council of Australia please refer to the DCA website at https://www.dca.org.au/ .

The program uses a combination of information dissemination, facilitated interaction and experiential activities to introduce participants to key concepts as well as encourage them to reflect on these as they apply to themselves and their own inclusive leadership practice.

Who should attend

For academic and professional staff with management or supervisory responsibility as well as senior human resources staff, this two hour program will provide participants with practical guidance on using inclusive language at work to ensure everyone feels valued and respected.

Key takeaways

At the end of the program participants can expect the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of language as a powerful tool for building inclusion at work
  • Identify how to use inclusive language to ensure people feel valued and respected
  • Awareness of, and skills to address non-inclusive language

What the course will cover

Topics addressed will include:

  • Why do words at work matter in your workplace?
  • How you can identify inclusive language
  • Recognising and addressing non-inclusive language
  • DCA #WordsAtWork resources to help you build a positive workplace culture

When can I attend

This course is only available on request for groups of up to 20 people.

Please email staffdiversity@anu.edu.au for further information.


Please email staffdiversity@anu.edu.au for further information.

Cancellation Fee

Please email staffdiversity@anu.edu.au for further information.

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