Inclusive Language

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As a Christian institution, Providence has a commitment to high standards in all communications. We have adopted the following statement recommending the use of unprejudiced language in all areas of community life:

"Language has the power to shape ideas, values, attitudes, and actions. Regrettably, language fosters social injustice when it explicitly or implicitly excludes, demeans or stereotypes certain categories of people, or when it draws attention to irrelevant attributes. Harm can be inflicted unconsciously and unintentionally. Every human is created in the image of God; therefore, all oral and written communication should be inclusive, respectful and free of prejudice regarding gender, ability, age, ethnicity, race or religion. We commit ourselves as faculty, and encourage students, staff, and administrators, to use language which reflects the dignity of all humans in all our teaching, writing, witness, and worship."