Language impacts people and workplaces every day. Language can make people feel like they belong, or be used to discriminate and advance divisiveness and inequity. Simply put, language matters.

Our playbook outlines how anti-Black racism manifests in language and lays out  good practices for individuals and organizations to use language in ways that advance racial equity and inclusion.

The toolkit provides various resources for advancing inclusive language more broadly. Our framework outlines an approach for individuals to advance inclusive language more broadly. The toolkit provides various resources supplementing the playbook and framework.


Interested in going deeper? The “Deeper Dive” addendum (HERE) is for those interested in learning more about the intersections of language, power, race, and anti-Black racism; and for those seeking more nuanced understandings of challenges and opportunities to advance language for racial equity and inclusion.

Interested in more tactical guidance around using inclusive language in your day-to-day life? Our research-based, interactive Inclusive Language Guide* (HERE) can walk you through a series of questions to help you think more deeply about language choices and whether or not they’re inclusive. It can be used individually, or with a group. For a static version of this guide and additional details about the underlying research, see HERE.

Interested in learning more about hateful speech, where it comes from, and its impacts on individuals on society? Our research-based briefing on hateful speech (HERE) dives into the proliferation of hateful speech — both on- and offline, with a focus on social media platforms. It also outlines research and strategies aimed at tackling hateful speech.

* The work on EGAL’s Inclusive Language Framework and Inclusive Terms Glossary was supported by Google. EGAL also formed and collaborated with a working group of academic and community leaders with representation across different identities and expertise.