University of California Davis Davis, CA, United States
We present our grassroots initiative, CITEE, to facilitate dialogue around harmful terms used in our discipline and their potential replacements. Continued use of terminology rooted in systems of power and oppression maintains these systems—including by perpetuating stereotypes and microaggressions about marginalized communities. While the challenges of advancing equity and justice in ecology are great, we as individuals can take immediate action to thoughtfully choose the words and the languages we write and speak. In this talk, we introduce our group’s objectives and survey to obtain the EEB community’s input on how our discipline can champion the use of inclusive terminology.