LGBTQ Foundations, Level 1: Terminology and Language

Thursday, September 28, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty, Staff

GVSU Inclusion & Equity Institute Color Burst

The "Inclusive Terminology and Concepts'' session serves as a foundational exploration of language and identities within the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions, as well as the significance of using respectful and affirming terminology. Through interactive discussions and engaging activities, attendees will develop the knowledge and sensitivity needed to communicate effectively and respectfully with LGBTQIA+ individuals, fostering a more inclusive environment for all.

Learning Outcomes - Participants will be able to:

  1. Master Inclusive Language: Participants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of respectful and affirming terminology related to LGBTQIA+ identities, equipping them to communicate effectively and sensitively with individuals from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
  2. Distinguish Between Terms: Attendees will be able to differentiate between various terms related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, ensuring accurate and respectful use of language that acknowledges the nuances of each individual's experience.
  3. Recognize the Power of Language: Through interactive activities and discussions, participants will recognize the influence of language in shaping perceptions and attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ individuals. They will develop the ability to identify language that may perpetuate stereotypes or biases, and understand how to replace it with inclusive alternatives.
  4. Apply Inclusive Language Skills: Participants will practice incorporating inclusive language into their everyday conversations, written communication, and professional settings, fostering a more welcoming and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  5. Promote Awareness and Education: By the end of the session, attendees will possess the tools to educate others about inclusive language, spreading awareness and helping to create a cultural shift towards respectful terminology within their communities and organizations.


DL McKinney, (they/them), MPA; Director of the LGBT Resource Center

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Contact Information

Inclusion & Equity Institute

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 616-331-4111



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This event was added to the calendar by Sydney Hohlbein ( on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 12:23 p.m.