We now live in a world where even the slightest differences in language used can be interpreted as biased, whether conscious or not. This program aims to inform our OLLI community on the sensitivities and risks of not choosing words wisely in our society. We will focus on two elements of words: the labels that unintentionally cause disrespect for groups of people and, more broadly, words that have potential to become charged with problematic meanings.
This program will demystify some of the problems with words by addressing examples of words that have potential for bias, non-inclusion, triggering, and weaponizing. By understanding what
different groups of people say and the unintended consequences of what
they say, we hope to bring people together through a thoughtful discussion and dialogue.
The program will include an initial presentation of ideas followed by an open discussion (bring your thoughts and questions).
Dr. Michele Kerulis is an associate professor of counseling with the Family Institute at Northwestern University, one of the nation's leading relationship-based behavioral health programs in the country. For the Family Institute, she helped to develop the Counseling@Northwestern’s Inclusive Language Guide because she believes that it is important for people to understand language and how our language impacts others. Dr. Kerulis enjoys helping people navigate their questions about language in a non-intimidating space where they can engage in ongoing and constructive conversations.
Dr. Kerulis developed a passion for counseling during her years of clinical practice serving a variety of populations including children and adolescents in residential treatment, young adults experiencing life transitions, and athletes experiencing sport-relatedand mental-health related challenges.
Dr. Kerulis’ clinical areas of expertise include general mental health, sport and exercise, and lifestyle and wellness. Her years of experience as an athlete, fitness professional, and therapist have created the foundation for her belief that the skills necessary to achieve success in sport and performance are the same skills necessary to achieve excellence in life.
Presented by the Chicago Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
This event is free and open to all current OLLI members. Registration is required.