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Introduction to Coded Language

Communication and Patron Awareness

Language and communication can be explicit and implicit; it is a component of culture that is coded with meanings, attitudes, beliefs and power dynamics. These codes are pervasive and have impacts on relational and structural outcomes. Over time, our language and its meanings become layered and can therefore function in different spaces in different ways and for different purposes. In other words, meanings of words and their implications change over time.
In this hour-long introduction to the concept of coded language, participants examine the definition, history, and implications of coded language (also called dog-whistles). Participants will increase their awareness around the coded language that many of us use in our daily lives, and gain practical skills around how to critically assess one’s own language, and respond when others use coded language.


Mannie Brown, Diversity, Equity and INclusion Consultant, SHIFT Consuting Team, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
In this role, they focus on the development, design, implementation, and delivery of Diversity Center programs for professionals throughout Northeast Ohio. They assist organizations in fostering inclusion in the workplace, so that all employees are connected, respected and valued for their individual and collective differences.
With an emphasis on empathy and mindfulness, Mannie is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and experiences. They focus on debunking myths around privilege and oppression in connection to all forms of socialized and internalized identity.

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Online via Zoom

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Who should attend:  All Staff -This is an Introductory Webinar

Competency:  Communication and Patron Awareness

Non-Member Cost:      $40
NEO-RLS Bronze Member/
NORWELD, SERLS, SWON Member Cost:  $24
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:   FREE
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE

This event will not be recorded.  This is the policy of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and also helps to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of those engaged in the discussion.  Please do not register if you are unable to attend at the time of the Zoom session.

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