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The Linguistics of Humanity: The Healing Power of Language

Published: 03/25/2021

Gannon University

Gannon University

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee announced the next workshop in our Culturally Relevant-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) series. This session, titled The Linguistics of Humanity: The Healing Power of Language will take place Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8:45 am to 11:30 am via Zoom.

This professional development opportunity is available to all Gannon employees in Erie and Ruskin. In addition, although the JEDI Steering Committee is providing a series of sessions around the CR-SE Framework, there is no obligation to attend every session.  You are welcome to attend this workshop even if you were unable to attend the first one. 

Registration is now available.  Please click here to register for the event.  The cost of the workshop is being paid by the university however space is limited to the first 75 people who register.  Additional session dates will be announced soon.


This is a special event presented by the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee designed to discuss the idea that "the wisdom of humanity is coded in language."

"Language is powerful. It has immense ability to hurt and to heal. As human beings, language lives at the heart of our personal and cultural identities and is the vessel through which we communicated and express our experiences, traditions, values - our very essence as a people. Understanding the nuances of language can help us uncover the core of our humanity. 

In this second virtual workshop, participants continue their journey centered on what it means to be culturally relevant and sustaining educators and educational professionals. Together, they trace historical and present events that contribute to a lack of linguistic equity; examine how communication with people from varying ethnic and cultural groups can be fraught with misunderstanding; and discuss how language can be a tool for healing that teaching us how to engage with the past, articulate in the present and imagine the future. 

By participating in this workshop, you will: 

  • Examine the intrinsic relationship of language in the development of our personal and cultural identities.
  • Investigate linguistic bias and language discrimination and its effects on learning, culture and identity.
  • Explore the linguistics of humanity, especially where there are differing ideologies, cultures, values and experiences.
  • Consider the power of "I" language and other effective strategies for communicating with students and colleagues.


Karen Parker Thompson, Independent Change Agent, Washington, DC

Donna-Maria Cole-Malott, Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education

Gannon community may learn more and register here