'Underrepresented Minority' Considered Harmful, Racist Language

The foundation of any collective action, of any community, is language. It influences how we feel, react, and understand. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM begins with the language we use. In this Blog@CACM essay, I argue for the abolishment of the racist label “underrepresented minority” from our language in order to respect the inherent worth and dignity of everyone.

[6/19/20] Posted here on Blog@CACM.

Tiffani L. Williams
Tiffani L. Williams

Teaching Professor and Director of Onramp Programs, Department of Computer Science

Dean's Fellow in Inclusion, Belonging, and Engagement, Grainger College of Engineering

My research interests include bioinformatics and computational biology; computational phylogenetics; high-performance computation; and computers and education.