We've already started working on job ad language. I have a feeling that there's stuff in the ads that no one applying really worries much about, but it's there.
One of the things NWU likes to have in our ads is language about how the community is "safe" and "friendly."
What do "safe" and "friendly" mean to you? To other folks you know?
For me, "safe" codes as "white," and I worry that I'm not the only one who feels that way. Are we making people of color feel less welcome as applicants? Or does everyone pretty much apply to every job anyway out of desperation?
And "friendly," for me codes as "only if you were born here," in a small town sort of way.