The goal of the More than Words Campaign is not to box people into false binaries where use of oppressive language = you’re a bad person. Instead, MTW was formed to educate and create conversations around language and inclusion on campus that can be difficult to broach. If you would like to know some common FAQs about the MTW campaign such as the origins and structure of the campaign, you can find them here

Website Links

University of Maryland Inclusive Language Campaign

Make it Okay:  Challenging Ableist Language

GLSEN: Thinkb4youspeak Campaign

Special Olympics no more r-word

Jay Smooth: How to Tell People They Sound Racist

National Institute of Mental Health Anti-Label Campaign

Inclusivity Zone: Words Hurt Us All



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