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Webinar: Edit, Undo, Delete: A Crash Course in De-sanitizing Language In Nonprofits

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)


Words matter, making the balance between upholding brand language and avoiding making watered down promises a challenge. Though all workplaces have them, mission statements, communication guidelines, and company policies can clash with words that mean the most to many employees. Additionally, concepts like coded language and loaded position descriptions continue to uphold social constructs such as racism, ableism, sexism, and beyond. How do we stay true to our brand without perpetuating stereotypes and creating harm in the workplace?

This session will lead participants through an exploration of how we unintentionally reinforce social constructs with language, and how to end the practice at work. Together we will examine the impact of sanitized language in nonprofits, the ways in which it is most commonly used, and where the most meaningful adjustments should be made.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore the most common ways dominant cultures use language and control narratives.
  • Examine the impact of sanitized language in the workplace, and where it shows up.
  • Extend the vocabulary commonly used at work, and replace unnecessary or outdated language. 

Offered by our partner, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled. 

About the Presenter

Ashley Oolman was born and raised in Minnesota, and is a wife and mom of three. As a Black neurodivergent woman, leveraging differences to strengthen human connection was a means to both survival and healing. To her work with Allied Folk, she brings lived experience, multiple degrees, and an unwavering belief that we all have the power to change the future. Together with organizations and community partners, she co-creates spaces for exploration and re-learning, designed to advance equity, reconciliation, and ultimately, change. Ashley is operations director of equity and inclusion with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)
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