The Diversity Center

My Language My Choice

The My Language My Choice Campaign is a campaign to address the use of hurtful and harmful language.  Student leaders from various areas on campus have been photographed tearing up a word. Students provided two to three sentences on why they choose not to use the particular word.  The campaign is about why an individual chooses not to use a word, so the campaign is about personal responsibility and choice.

The campaign first aimed to focus on phrases That’s So Gay and No Homo.  But because The Diversity Center and Women’s Center appreciate that students have multiple identities and those identities often intersect, new words and phrases were introduced.  The following words and phrases are a part of the campaign:  That’s so Gay, No Homo, Lame, Retarded, Ghetto, Fat, Nigga, Bitch, and Illegal.