This style guide attempts to address common questions that may arise about inclusive language.

We know that words matter, so this document will attempt to offer thoughtful, practical guidance in speaking to and about:

Each of these is a huge topic unto itself and the language around many of these groups is changing, in some cases very rapidly. When in doubt, always ask people how they identify in terms of race, gender, economic background and ability, and use those terms to reference them.

This guide is just a first step in what we know will be an ever-evolving document. As such, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at or (773) 442-5404 if you have questions about the style guide.