Sticks & Stones… Microaggressions & Inclusive Language at Work


You've heard about diversity problems in tech, right? We know the problem exists at every point in the process: education, internship opportunities, hiring. We don't talk much about what happens to the people we do work with.

As documentarians, we spend a lot of time thinking about the best words to use for our products, tutorials, manuals. We know that words matter. "Microaggressions" are the small indignities that people of color, non-cis-gendered folks, women, and others experience on a daily basis. Microaggressions at work tell us, over and over, that we don't really belong in that workplace. So let's talk about the words we use with our coworkers. Let's talk about how we can all make diversity a daily practice at work, not just a hiring problem.

  • Conference: Write the Docs EU
  • Year: 2017

About the speaker

Cory Williamson-Cardneau