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Inclusive - Leadership, Education, and Advocacy for Diversity (I - LEAD)

I-LEAD is a learning community and community-of-practice established to offer faculty, staff, and students, a resource for learning and discovery about what inclusive leadership, education and advocacy for diversity means in our professional and personal roles. I-LEAD is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development.

What is inclusive language? The American Psychological Association describes it this way, "As we strive to further infuse principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into the fabric of society, those committed to effecting change must acknowledge language as a powerful tool that can draw us closer together or drive us further apart. Simply put, words matter. The words we use are key to creating psychologically safe, inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environments."

Learn about inclusive language from the American Psychological Association Inclusive Language Guidelines (Click here)

How Data Drives Cultural Fluency, DEI at OU

Dr. Belinda Higgs Hyppolite, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Oklahoma, shares why diversity is not our problem but our promise for a better future.

"...it is not one person's job to lead the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. We all have an individual responsibility to really ensure that we are creating inclusive spaces..." (Dr. Belinda Higgs Hyppolite)

The episode transcript is available here: transcript page

How Can I Lead? (Click here to learn how to get involved)

References:

United States Courts Annual Observances
Diversity Central Calendar Heritage Month Guide
ALA Gateway Diversity Heritage Months
Insight into Diversity Heritage Months

*North American Heritage Month is not a federal or congressionally designated month. It is an I-LEAD acknowledgement of the many communities and cultures of the North American continent. July is a great time to learn more in your own exploration of the many cultures living as neighbors in communities large and small across North America. Watch this space for suggested reading or explore on your own!