Welcome to the landing page for the Health Sciences Library's IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) resources. It contains links to LibGuides on various aspects of IDEA- related subjects, links to books and articles, as well as links to bot

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IDEA Resources


Health Sciences Library's IDEA Statement

We are committed to the deconstruction of systemic racism within our organization and work to address and eliminate all forms of discrimination including that of race, religion, nationality, culture, age, sexual orientation, identity, ability, and veteran status.  We challenge our biases and work to eliminate inequities in our collections, services, spaces, and among our employees.


LibGuides is both an online creation platform and what the products made with it are called. While the Health Sciences Library creates guides on a wide range of healthcare-related topics, the guides listed on this page are relevant to groups and issues affected by inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility. 

Do you have suggestions for other IDEA-related guides that we should create? If so, please reach out to Kimberley R. Barker (Kimberley@virginia.edu).

Inclusive Language Guidelines


According to the Linguistic Society of America, language is inclusive when it, "... acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities."



MGH IHP's Guide to Inclusive Language Guidelines (APA Style 7th Edition)- a quick guide.

APA Inclusive Language Guidelines- the entire guide.

AAMC Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts


Why Inclusive Language is Important

The Power of Inclusive Language:
Building Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

The Importance of Developing and Implementing an Inclusive Language and Image Policy in Medical Schools
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