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Key terms that make understanding different cultures and people easier and more rewarding

The value of understanding words correctly, with context and cultural nuance, cannot be overstated. It is crucial in fostering effective communication across cultures and mutual respect for that matter.


Welcome to our new glossary page so that you have somewhere to go as a reliable resource for words that may have several meanings depending on their context, many of which will help you resolve your cultural conundrums.


Ensuring you don't come off as ignorant or insensitive is our priority.


11 steps approach to creating a more inclusive culture. (2023, July 03). In Hive Learning. Retrieved from 


Anani, N. I. (2023, March 29). Between Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism. Medium. Retrieved from


BC Black History Awareness Society. (n.d.). Definitions. Retrieved from 


Bond. (2022). Racism, power and truth: Experiences of people of colour in development. Retrieved from 


Build Together. (2018). INDIGENOUS ALLYSHIP - Build Together. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). AWARENESS | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). CROSS-CULTURAL definition. Retrieved from


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). EXPOSURE | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). FREEDOM | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). INTEGRITY | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). MONOLITH | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). OPPORTUNITY | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


Cambridge English Dictionary. (n.d.). RIGHT | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. Retrieved from 


CCL. (n.d.). How to Be a Successful Change Leader. Retrieved from


Center on Extremism. (n.d.). White supremacy. Anti-Defamation League. 


Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. (2020, January 13). What is leadership, and who is a leader?. Retrieved from


Cleverism. (2016, August 12). Managing A Difficult Conversation. Retrieved from 


Collins English Dictionary. (n.d.). Beingness definition and meaning. Retrieved from 


Collins English Dictionary. (n.d.). DIVERSE definition and meaning. Retrieved from 


Connecting the dots: Structural racism in 2019. (n.d.). In The Runnymede Trust. Retrieved from


Conversational Leadership. (n.d.). Belief Systems. Retrieved from


Corporate Finance Institute. (n.d.). Groupthink. Retrieved from


Course Sidekick. (n.d.). Socialization: Introduction to Sociology. Retrieved from 


Decolonization and Indigenization. (2018, September 05). In Pulling 

MCC. (n.d.). Diversity Information. Retrieved from 


DEISLT Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Second Language Teaching. (n.d.). Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Second Language Teaching. Retrieved from (n.d.). DISCOMFORT Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from (n.d.). SLAVE TRADE Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from 


Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks). (n.d.). Racism Defined. Retrieved from


Diversity for Social Impact. (2020, November 14). Overt Racism vs Covert Racism – Understand Meanings and implications. Retrieved from 


Diversity Matters: Dismantling Monolithic Thinking to Create an Inclusive Work Environment. (2023, March 14). In LinkedIn. Retrieved from


Division of Access Opportunity & Diversity - The University of Iowa. (n.d.). DEI Definitions. Retrieved from


Eagle's Flight - Experiential Training Company. (2022, February 25). The Difference Between Change Management and Change Leadership. Retrieved from


Embley. (2020, June 19). Black Lives Matter: Covert Racism. Retrieved from


Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). African Americans. Retrieved from 


Ethics Unwrapped. (2022, November 05). Values. Retrieved from


Gallup. (n.d.). The Black American experience: Here is what we have learned. Retrieved from


Harappa. (2021, March 22). The Key To Inclusive Leadership. Retrieved from


History. (n.d.). Black history: Facts, people & month. Retrieved from 


IGI Global. (n.d.). What is Curriculum Reform. Retrieved from (n.d.). 8 Positive Ways To Lead by Example in the Workplace. Retrieved from


Investopedia. (n.d.). Cross Culture: Definition, Examples, and Differences Across Countries. Retrieved from


J.E.D.I Collaborative – Justice – Equity – Diversity – Inclusion. (n.d.). Retrieved from


Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. (n.d.). Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Glossary. Retrieved from


Kendall, F. (2014). Understanding white privilege: Creating pathways to authentic relationships across race (Teaching/Learning Social Justice).


Leadership Freak. (2011, May 07). How to define an opportunity?. Retrieved from


LinkedIn. (2019, July 19). White, N. What Does It Really Mean to Be an Ally?. Retrieved from 


LinkedIn. (2023, January 19). Adopting a Growth Mindset. Retrieved from 


Livermore, D. (n.d.). Cultural intelligence: The proven way to measure cultural competency. David Livermore. Retrieved from 


McKinsey & Company. (n.d.). The Black experience at work in charts. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Influence Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Integrity Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Just Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Liberty Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Racialization Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Viewpoint Definition & Meaning. Retrieved from


Microaggressions at work: Recognizing & overcoming our biases. (2023, August 25). In Culture Amp. Retrieved from 


MSU Extension. (2018, October 02). Cultural privileges and volunteers: What's important?. MSU Extension. Retrieved from


MultiBrief. (n.d.). What makes a difficult conversation difficult? Retrieved from


National Human Genome Research Institute. (n.d.). Eugenics and Scientific Racism. Retrieved from


Office of Diversity and Outreach UCSF. (n.d.). Unconscious Bias Training. Retrieved from


Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Inclusive Excellence. (2021, February 10). Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In. Retrieved from


OHCHR. (n.d.). What are human rights? | OHCHR. Retrieved from


Oxfam GB. (n.d.). What is Global Citizenship?. Retrieved from


Project Abroad. (2018, August 26). Intercultural mind - Oz moments: Project Abroad: Expat coaching. Retrieved from 


Race Forward. (n.d.). Race Reporting Guide: Race Forward. Retrieved from


Racism. No Way!. (2023, November 10). What is white privilege? An overview: Racism No Way. Retrieved from 


Resolving Conflicts at Work - OU Human Resources. (n.d.). Employees. Retrieved from 


ScienceDirect Topics. (n.d.). Intersectionality - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. Retrieved from 


Scientific American. (n.d.). Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue. Retrieved from 


SDP. (n.d.). What is behavior? And so what? Retrieved from 


SHRM. (2023, December 21). Today's Affinity Groups: Risks and Rewards. Welcome to SHRM. Retrieved from


Sources of Insight. (n.d.). What is a Mindset?. Retrieved from


SparkNotes. (n.d.). Identity and Reality: Sociology. Retrieved from 


SpringerLink. (1970, January 01). Eurocentrism. Retrieved from


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (2021, May 20). Science and Pseudo-Science. Retrieved from


Systemic racism: individuals and interactions, institutions and society. (2021, December 20). In Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. Retrieved from 


The Balance. (2020, September 17). What Is Company Culture? Retrieved from


The Balance. (2023, January 27). What Is Leadership?. Retrieved from


The Canadian Encyclopedia. (2022, February 23). Racialized minorities. Retrieved from 


The Conversation. (2023, November 14). Explainer: What is systemic racism and institutional racism? Retrieved from


The eLearning Blog. (2023, September 5). How cultural intelligence is shaping the future of business. Retrieved from 


The Free Dictionary. (n.d.). Equal Rights. Retrieved from


The Process of Racialization. (n.d.). In THE PROCESS OF "RACIALIZATION. Retrieved from


Together A Guide for FrontLine Staff Student Services and Advisors. Retrieved from


Toppr. (2019, November 27). What is Responsibility: Definition, Concept and Meaning. Retrieved from 


United Nations. (n.d.). International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Retrieved from


U.S. Census Bureau. (2022, March 1). About the topic of race. Retrieved from


Verywell Mind. (2022, September 20). Why Cultivating a Growth Mindset Can Boost Your Success. Retrieved from


Verywell Mind. (2022, November 08). What Is Prejudice? Retrieved from 


Verywell Mind. (2023, February 22). Why Empathy Is Important. Retrieved from 


Virginia Wesleyan University. (n.d.). Unconscious Bias. Retrieved from


What are Values? - Ethics Sage. (2018, August). In Ethics Sage. Retrieved from


What is Collaboration? (n.d.). Retrieved from


What Does Racism Look Like? Overt vs Covert - Anti-racism Resources - Research Help at Fitchburg State University. (n.d.). Research Help: Anti-racism Resources: What Does Racism Look Like? Overt vs Covert. Retrieved from 


What Racism Looks Like. (n.d.). Retrieved from




Wikipedia. (n.d.). Equality before the law. Retrieved from 


Wikipedia. (n.d.). Eurocentrism. Retrieved from 


Wikipedia. (n.d.). Person of color. Retrieved from 


Wikipedia. (n.d.). Truth. Retrieved from


YourDictionary. (n.d.). Multicultural Definition. Retrieved from


YSC Consulting, part of Accenture. (2022, September 12). Meritocracy: The hidden risks to inclusion and the benefits of equity. Retrieved from 

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