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NISTIR 8366 Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards

  • 1.  NISTIR 8366 Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards

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    Hi All,

    NIST just published NISTIR 8366 Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards.

    Introduction
    Inclusive, or bias-free, language uses expressions and terms that are likely to be perceived as neutral or welcoming by everyone, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, etc. Using inclusive language can help people from diverse backgrounds feel more welcome and encourages precise, high quality work. As noted in a recent McKinsey survey, employees who feel more included are nearly three times more likely to feel excited by, and committed to, their organizations.
    This guidance is based upon three sources: NIST Technical Series Publications Author Instructions; the American Psychological Association Style Guide; and the Chicago Manual of Style. These sources provide suggestions on inclusive language, including examples of words or expressions to avoid. As guidance, this provides standards participants with a tool to assist in how to apply these suggestions to their work.

    Also, information on inclusive language policies and guidance by various Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) is included.

    This guidance, including examples, reflects current understanding and may be updated as the field evolves.

    Purpose of Document
    This document provides guidance to NIST staff for the consistent use of inclusive language in:
    1. developing documentary standards;
    2. using inclusive language during verbal exchanges, such as during negotiations to reach consensus at standards development meetings; and
    3. developing documents supporting realization and dissemination of physical standards.
    This guidance is limited to the English language, but the concepts can be applied more broadly such as in translations.

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    Michael Roza CPA, CISA, CIA, MBA, Exec MBA
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