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Thank you for being here. Inclusive and antiracist practice -- including writing practice -- is about showing up, about an ongoing willingness to learn, and about doing the work. These guides are intended to be informative, educational, and supportive. They are not entirely comprehensive, because such a thing is impossible. As a result, they are living documents and always a work in progress.
You can use these guides in whatever way serves the work of advancing inclusive and antiracist practice: Go ahead and read every page all the way through, if you like! More realistically, though, jump around in the content. Take a bit from here and a bite from there. Take a leisurely stroll through this content, and then nip in and read the explanation of an unfamiliar term over here. Always ask questions as you read. Try out some exercises. Send me your feedback (Julia Lane - email@example.com).
About inclusive & antiracist writing
Inclusive and antiracist writing is about so much more than words. As Felicia Rose Chavez writes in The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, we've got to "be about" this work.
Inclusive writing means paying attention to the ways that language can be, and has been, used to exclude people or groups of people. Exclusive language is often used unintentionally, out of both habit and assumption. So, if you want to write in an inclusive way, you have to intentionally think about the perspectives, peoples, and groups that might be excluded and even harmed through careless word choice.
These guides exist to support you with that intentionality as you approach your thinking, research, writing, revision, and even publication. I hope they will support you to "be about" this work in everything you do.
(some) Principles of inclusive and antiracist writing
Communication is adaption
Choose words thoughtfully and carefully
Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes
Attend to form and content
Inclusive and antiracist writing resources
The following specific resources are available and you can navigate to them using the menu on this page. 
- Glossary of Inclusive and Antiracist Writing Terms
- Inclusive and Antiracist Writing: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
- Inclusive and Antiracist Writing: Black Peoples, Indigenous Peoples, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC)
- Inclusive and Antiracist Writing: Ableism, Disability, Mental Health, and Neurodiversity
- Inclusive and Antiracist Writing Exercises
- You can download the complete Inclusive and Antiracist Writing Guide, with expanded explanations, here
*While these resources have been broken apart to provide focus, the concept of intersectionality (a term coined by law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, see glossary for description) helps us to understand that these aspects of identity do not necessarily occur independently from one another and are often embodied by people in intersecting and interconnected ways. The divisions in these resources are in no way meant to suggest that these identities or experiences are exclusive of one another.
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resource guide
- The Diversity Style Guide
- Indigenous initiatives
- How to Stop Harming Students: An Ecological Guide to Antiracist Writing Assessments (Infographic) by Asao B. Inoue with Mya Poe
- Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 Years and Counting by Nick Claxton, Denise Fong, Fran Morrison, Christine O'Bonsawin, Maryka Omatsu, John Price, and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra
- Anti-racist scholarly reviewing practices: A heuristic for editors, reviewers, and authors. (2021). Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/reviewheuristic.
- APA Inclusive Language Guidelines and Bias-Free Language Guides - Note: In most cases, these writing guides and those provided by APA agree. However, in some cases the APA guidelines offer writing advice that is specific to its context, i.e. to Psychology and Psychologists researching and writing in the USA. The APA guidelines provide sections on Age/Ageism and Socioeconomic Status, which are important focus areas currently missing from this suite of writing guides.
Notes & acknowledgements
These writing resources were developed on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically those of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Səlílwətaɬ (TsleilWaututh) peoples. I hope that these resources will be valuable to all those engaged in decolonizing and empowering work in the academy and beyond.
 Note: This step can be pretty challenging, both practically and emotionally. On a practical level: read widely, listen to those whose perspectives differ from your own, and share your work, paying close attention to the feedback you receive. On an emotional level: be gentle with yourself and get support from others, especially if you find yourself questioning previously important beliefs.
 The word careful is often used to mean cautious. Here the word carefully literally means with care and in a caring way. This is an important distinction because sometimes inclusivity is thought of as a way of not upsetting anyone. That idea is often referred to as being politically correct. The focus in these resources is on extending care and consideration for the impact of our work and our words.
 Thank you to Ally Flynn, Media Librarian & Liaison Librarian for Communications, English & Technology from Camosun Library for the suggestion to add this principle.
 This insight comes from Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices: A Heuristic for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors and is paraphrased here with gratitude. This is also a useful and recommended resource for researchers, authors, peer reviewers, writing coaches, and editors.