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CMC Fall Dialogue Initiative Resources: Vocabulary

Vocabulary, Language and Terminology

**The vocabulary list provided is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every word and term used relating to diversity and inclusion. Words and terminology continually evolves. This list is meant to serve primarily as a reference point to provides basic working definitions to further enhance dialoges.


Ableism: Prejudiced thoughts and discriminatory actions based on differences in physical, mental, and/or emotional ability; usually that of ableā€bodied / minded persons against people with illness, disabilities, or less developed skills / talents.


Bias Incident: Conduct, speech or expression motivated, in whole or in part, by bias or prejudice. It differs from a hate crime in that no criminal activity is involved. (The Southern Poverty Law Center)


Cisgender: Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; not transgender.

Hate Crime: Criminal offense committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender’s bias against the actual—or perceived—age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, religious practices or sexual orientation of the targeted person or group. Examples include graffiti, destruction of property, the threat of violence or intent to harm (Federal Bureau of Investigation)


Microaggression: Brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.