One of the ways faculty, staff, and students at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (CUSPS) can demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is through the language we use when communicating. Being respectful and thoughtful in our exchanges with each other, external partners and stakeholders, and the general public is integral to fostering an inclusive community.
The Columbia SPS DEIA Equity Language Guide is offered to our community at SPS and throughout Columbia University as a resource. We are mindful of the evolving nature of this guide, and we encourage you to share your suggestions as to how it can improve over time.
This guide would not have been possible without the support of the SPS DEIA Committee, and I would like to thank the following colleagues who volunteered their time to its development since 2020:
- Domitilla Enders
- Yanni Gacapoulos
- Bodi McKenna Regan
- Edna Chun
- Zelon Crawford
- Phoebe Ballard
- Annette Bhatia
- Erwin de Leon
And a special thanks to Brooke Song Zhang, '23SPS, Sustainability Management.
Please do not hesitate to share this guide and your thoughts about the Equity Guide spsdiversity [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.
Jennifer Goez, Ed.D.
Co-chair, SPS DEIA Committee