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Introduction to Coded Language

  • Wellbeing
  • Webinar
  • 1 CE Hour


Language and communication are components of culture that are coded with meanings, attitudes, beliefs, and power dynamics. These codes are pervasive and have impacts on relational and structural outcomes. Over time, language and its meanings become layered and can function differently as a result. In other words, meanings of words and their implications change over time. 

In this hour-long introduction to the concept of coded language, participants will:

  • examine the definition, history, and implications of coded language (also called dog-whistles)
  • increase their awareness around the coded language that many of us use in our daily lives
  • gain practical skills around how to critically assess one’s own language and respond when others use coded language

Please note: To ensure a safe, open learning environment for this complex topic, our session will not be recorded and will not be available in our Training Archive.


About the instructor –

SHIFT Consulting is the professional services division of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. SHIFT Consulting works with your organization to SHIFT individual behaviors, interpersonal interactions, management practices, procedures, and policies toward inclusion. These practices enable organizations to attract, recruit, engage, and retain the world’s best talent.

Who Should Attend

Any library staff member interested in gaining a better understanding of how language choices impact our interactions with the communities we serve.


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SHIFT Consulting

Training for this session will be provided by team members from SHIFT Consulting—the professional services division of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. SHIFT Consulting focuses on leadership and organizational development initiatives with a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) lens that supports the development of inclusive environments where all feel connected, respected, and valued.