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    Policy Lapse - Speak to Everyone: Use Gender-Inclusive Language

      When chairing discussions, sending out communications, posting on social media (etc, etc) use gender-inclusive language. For instance; - Instead of greeting people or opening an email with "Hey guys" start using "Hey everyone". - Instead of identifying a student by "the lady there" or "the gentleman there" etc., it is just as simple to refer to "the student there".

      Why you think it is important

      The university's student body is diverse and wonderful, and by using gendered language there is a great risk of alienating a portion of students. This is particularly the case for transgender students, especially those who identify out-with the binary. By using gender-inclusive language it ensures that everyone feels welcome and thought of during events, discussions and communications. Similarly, it negates any risk of harm through assumption of a student's gender and identity based on interpretation of their presentation.

      Is there anything else you think we should know?

      If the students' association starts to lead the way through use of inclusive language, it emphasises the importance of the entirety of the diverse student body and can then also be taken to the institution itself to have UWS follow throughout lectures, communications, events etc. which would push recognition of UWS as an leader in inclusivity.

      I have read the guidance on what makes a good policy on the student council page

      Passed Dec 2018
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