Language Matters

In this virtual training, we will discuss various approaches to talking about disability, including nuanced considerations and how to adapt your language in real time. Best practices for how to talk about other intersectional identities (e.g., racial and LGBTQ+ identities) will also be discussed. This training should help you hone language skills to discuss your project with confidence and to ensure your communications convey the spirit of inclusion you are striving to create.

About the Presenter
Rebecca Martin, a candidate in the Rutgers School of Social Work PhD program and student affiliate of the Rutgers Hub on Aging Collaboration, is a coadjutant with the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, who is currently designing and implementing a second year of webinar training series for the New Jersey Inclusive Healthy Communities grant program.

Rebecca is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and previously worked with college students with disabilities. In addition to a Master of Social Work from Rutgers with a certificate in Aging and Health, she holds a Master of Design Practices from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where their processes focused on inclusive design practices for work with historically marginalized communities.

Prior to entering the social work field, Rebecca worked in service design, and earlier, as visual merchandising manager for a national retail chain.

Rebecca’s research interests include: othering, belonging, and bridging, particularly when centering disability as an intersectional identity; cross-discipline problem solving; the evolution of research methodologies to reflect changing conceptualizations of identities; and coalition-building between underrepresented groups.