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Getting the terminology right

Monday 26 April 2021

Let’s drop the unhelpful ‘BAME’ term but is the umbrella term ‘ethnic minority’ any better?

There are a significant number of words that appear when talking about race which often change depending on the context of the conversation. This webinar will focus on the importance of keeping up with evolving language with regards to race and ethnicity. It is important to remember that people will have their own preferences as to how they would describe themselves and how they would like to be described.

The importance of getting the terminology right

If in doubt, managers should listen, educate themselves, learn and ask about preferences. In response to the recent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report published in the UK, CMI Race’s chair, Pavita Cooper, said “Brave conversations followed up with robust actions are how we collectively better serve and benefit from the diverse society we live in”.

Government has recently been advised to stop using the term ‘BAME’ and in reference to this, Ann Francke, CEO, CMI believes that “The best leaders are specific in their use of language, and engage their colleagues in open discussions around identity”. It is important to be as specific as possible so managers must make sure they ask their employees directly how they would like to be referred to.

In this session...

We will be joined by CMI Race advisory committee member Daljit Kaur, Scarlett Luo, Associate Director at Ipsos MORI and Deputy Chair of the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage network and Kully Kaur-Ballagan, Senior Director within the Social Research division of Ipsos MORI, who will be sharing their expertise.

Learn the importance of this evolving language and terminology as well as discussing what this means for ethnicity pay gap reporting in practice.


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