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Stanford’s Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI)

While the context of this effort was to address IT community related terminology, it drew wide criticism and was taken down. The document not only lists potentially offensive terms, but offers alternatives as well as context as to how it may be seen as offensive.

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The Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative (EHLI) is a multi-phase, multi-year project to address harmful language in IT at Stanford. EHLI is one of the actions prioritized in the Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action, which was published by the Stanford CIO Council (CIOC) and People of Color in Technology (POC-IT) ainity group in December 2020.

The goal of the Elimination of Harmful Language Initiative is to eliminate* many forms of harmful language, including racist, violent, and biased (e.g., disability bias, ethnic bias, ethnic slurs, gender bias, implicit bias, sexual bias) language in Stanford websites and code.

The purpose of this website is to educate people about the possible impact of the words we use. Language aects dierent people in dierent ways. We are not attempting to assign levels of harm to the terms on this site. We also are not attempting to address all informal uses of language.

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