'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, Department of Computer Science

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