Reframing Language for Equity and Empowerment
Language informs social interactions and evokes meaning symbolically across every aspect of our lives. For example, language use can reinforce hierarchies of power and biased assumptions towards groups. The language used in both practice and research can be detrimental to the wellbeing of groups when it reinforces subjugation, deficits and dehumanization versus agency, resistance and resilience.
This session will illuminate the challenges in current language use in research and practice (i.e., emphasis on health research and practice) and provide examples of how to reframe language in ways that promote empowerment and equity. The presenters will present the Detoxifying and Empowering Language Framework to facilitate a critical analysis of language used in research and practice and provide action steps to help participants reframe language in ways that honor collective and cultural resources, assets of diverse groups. Passcode: CAP2021
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