EDI Resources

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources

At ASI, being committed to EDI means more than issuing a statement or forming a committee. It means working hard to be an inclusive, welcoming organization at every level, both internally with our membership and externally in our roles in the publishing industry and with readers at large.

In our work as indexers, we know language matters. As Devon Thomas wrote in Key Words, “The act of being seen and being named is empowering; it confirms the basic right to exist.” That’s why we’re sharing the following resources to help indexers understand the complex meanings behind the words used in a text and offer ways to approach inclusion in our work.

The best text is a living one; we would like to continually expand and modify this list as our understanding, our language, and our society grows. We’d love to have YOUR suggestions for additional resources—if you know of a good one, please drop us an email at edi@asindexing.org.


Disability Terminology

National Center on Disability and Journalism. “Disability Language Style Guide

National Center on Disability and Journalism. “Terms to Avoid When Writing About Disability


Gendered Language and Sexual Identity

APA Style Guide’s section on gender

GLAAD.  An Ally’s Guide to Terminology

GLAAD. Explore the Spectrum: Guide to Finding Your Ace Community

Grey, Sarah.  "The State of Gendered Language"  Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

Human Rights Campaign. Glossary of Terms

The Juniper Center.  “What’s in an Acronym...LGBTQIAP (and other inclusive language discussions)



Hispanic Network. “The Difference Between Hispanic and Latino

Mother Jones. “Digging Into the Messy History of ‘Latinx’ Helped Me Embrace My Complex Identity

Pew Research Center. “About One-in-Four U.S. Hispanics Have Heard of Latinx, but Just 3% Use It


Native American/American Indian/ First Nation

The Aspen Institute. “Native Language: Modern Terms for Understanding Native America

Britannica. “Tribal Nomenclature: American Indian, Native American, and First Nation

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). “Reporting and Indigenous Terminology”
[downloadable from NAJA’s website under Resources]

Younging, Gregory. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples


Further Reading

Description Guide for Skin Color from Writing with Color

Project Implicit created by Harvard University, offers a range of online tests that can help a person become aware of unconscious biases of all sorts.