LGBTQIA+: An Introduction to Inclusive Language

This course aims to shift our culture to be more LGBTQIA+ friendly. When it comes to attractionality and gender identity, language is so important. It helps us to acknowledge, respect and affirm the diversity of bodies, genders and relationships that exist at U-M. We’ll discuss roadblocks and challenges some people face when using inclusive language. After identifying those challenges, we will share strategies to make practicing easier. We’ll also learn how to use them in interactions with patients, students, staff and colleagues.

You will learn to:

  • Identify gender inclusive language and how to use it appropriately

  • Use inclusive terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity

  • Determine strategies to use when faced with challenges to using inclusive language

You will benefit by:

  • Understanding why it is important to use gender inclusive language

  • Gaining skills to apply inclusive terms and concepts to daily interactions

  • Having resources you can use to encourage using more inclusive language  


Any U-M staff or faculty member who would like to learn inclusive language in order to build respectful and safe communities

Topic Area

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Domain and Expectation

  • Mission
    • Create value for the diverse communities we serve
  • People
    • Foster and promote diverse teams
    • Collaborate and build inclusive relationships
  • Self
    • Act with courage and confidence
    • Communicate
  • Execution
    • Build positive culture


  • Member of a Team
  • Leading a Team
  • Leading Multiple Teams
  • Leading the Organization


  • Level 1: Awareness


Code: DEIOL2408

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Wed 7/19/23 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: DEIOL2409

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Tue 8/29/23 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: DEIOL2410

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Thu 9/28/23 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: DEIOL2411

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Wed 10/25/23 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Online Webinar

Code: DEIOL2412

Presenter: Varied

Cost: $0

  • Thu 11/16/23 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Online Webinar