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QUALPOR Webinar: Navigating Gendered Language for Respectful & Inclusive Interactions

Navigating Gendered Language for Respectful and Inclusive Interactions in Qualitative and Survey Research
Panelists: Jessica Holzberg, MS, AlisĂș Schoua-Glusberg, PhD, and Florian Keusch, PhD
Moderator: Kathleen Kephart, MS U.S. Census Bureau
Platform: Zoom
Date: Dec. 8, 2022, 11:00–12:00 pm Eastern Time
Register at the following link:
In this panel discussion, researchers will share their experiences with using gender-neutral language in qualitative research, surveys, and routine professional practices. In addition, they will offer reflections on the challenges of using gender-neutral language in English, Spanish, and German.
Research and some best practices have emerged on the measurement of gender identity, but much of this research has focused on English-speaking populations. Many of the practices that are recommended for English-language interactions, such as using gender-neutral job titles or the pronoun “they” instead of he/she are not always possible in other languages. Further, some practices, such as the use of "Latinx" instead of Latino/a are not widely used by monolingual Spanish speakers.  
Even if gender identity is not being measured directly in research, respectful and inclusive interactions are important during activities such as recruitment, preparation for focus groups and other qualitative research events, correspondence, and data collection in order to enhance equity and inclusion.
By the end of this panel session, attendees should be able to:
  • Discuss ways to respectfully interact with potential research participants when their gender is not known in advance;
  • Discuss ideas for using more gender-inclusive language in the qualitative research process;
  • Discuss professional development needs related to the use of gender-inclusive language.
Suggested readings:  
QUALPOR’s Learning Bursts is a series of live, virtual professional development sessions focused on key topics and skills in qualitative research. These free offerings are open and to any AAPOR member who is interested in qualitative research.
Kathleen Kephart- [email protected]
Ken Croes – [email protected]
Colleen Colbert – [email protected]