The University of Maryland has created a website to welcome illegal immigrant students and teach the campus community to use “inclusive language” so as not to offend them.
The site, which is funded by the school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with several other administrative offices and departments, offers resources for both faculty and staff to create “a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students.”
The page goes beyond providing resources and information for undocumented students, and includes a list of things that faculty and staff can do to “create a welcoming environment for undocumented students.”
Notably, the list (which is also available as a flyer) promotes “inclusive language” because “the term ‘illegal alien’ can make students feel unwelcome.” In place of “illegal alien,” UMD suggests alternative terms such as “undocumented student,” “undocumented immigrant,” “people without documents,” or “people without legal status.”
Furthermore, it is not acceptable to “inq…
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