Language Matters: Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in Prevention Practice

Join us for a week-long exploration of the vital role that language plays in promoting inclusion and cultural humility in the field of prevention. Each day, we'll delve into specific topics and engage in interactive discussions led by experts in the field. Together, we'll deepen our understanding of the diverse communities we serve and how to create more inclusive prevention strategies.

This lunch-n-learn begins the week of January 15th with a different topic each day. Register for individual sessions, or the entire series. All presentations will held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. (CST). See topic descriptions below and registration link above.


Monday, January 15th, 2024 - Becoming a JEDI Prevention Professional: Why Language Matters

Description: Explore the foundations of being a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Prevention Professional and discover how language can empower positive change. We'll dive into the fundamentals and set the tone for the week.

Presenter: Nicole M. Augustine


Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 - Advancing Equity for LGBTQ+ People through Language

Description: This session will explore equitable LGBTQ+ terminology that promotes social justice for the population. Language describing this population has often been used to shame LGBTQ+ individuals, enforce prejudice, or limit visibility. During the session, the presenter will review updated terms and talk about how and why language evolves over time.

Presenter: Angela Weeks


Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 - Understanding Neurodiversity in Prevention Practice

Description: Our presenter will share from lived experience the challenges faced in the world of neurodiversity and the implications for substance use prevention. Explore how language choices can impact neurodiverse individuals and communities, and gain insights into adapting prevention strategies accordingly.

Presenter: Priscila Gomora


Thursday, January 18th, 2024 - Bridging Generations: Engaging Youth in Prevention Practice

Description: Explore the importance of involving youth as active participants in prevention efforts, not just as recipients of services. Learn how to bridge the generation gap through effective communication and engagement strategies.

Presenter: Erin Washburn


Friday, January 19th, 2024 - The Language of Service: Effective Communication with the SMVF Community

Description: This session is centered on the pivotal role of language in our interactions with the Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) community. It's designed to encourage participants to reflect on the nuances of language and its practical implications. The goal is to foster a greater understanding of how language shapes our engagement with the SMVF community and to explore what respectful, empathetic communication looks like in action.

Presenter: Dave Closson

Overall Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of inclusive language & cultural humility in prevention work
  • Explore various aspects of diversity and inclusion within prevention practice
  • Develop practical strategies to enhance prevention efforts for diverse populations
  • Foster a sense of community and collaboration among prevention professionals
Starts: Jan. 15, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jan. 19, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
January 12, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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