Have you ever found out that you had consistently mispronounced someone’s name and were shocked and embarrassed when you finally found out? This happened to me recently with a friend, and it reminded me of an exchange with my mother when I was about 18. Saying someone’s name and saying it correctly is important to building inclusive environments. In this post, I’ll share a story and leave you with some strategies.
We acknowledge that we gather as Engineer Inclusion in Dallas, Texas, on the stolen land of the Kiikaapoi and Witchita Peoples. Colonizers excised these indigenous groups from their traditional land through forced removal. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. We invite you to learn more about land acknowledgements here, and search for the traditional stewards of the land where you live and work here.