UC San Diego has announced that they will ban the word “Latino” in favor of the word “Latinx,” which is “gender inclusive.”
A new report from the Los Angeles Times explains details a new language policy at UC San Diego that involves a ban on the word “Latino,” which some argue is not inclusive enough.
The change is being promoted by students, social justice activists and the LGBTQ community, which are trying to get people to look beyond conventional notions of gender, sex and appearance.
As broadly used, Latino refers to people of Latin American origin or descent.
Latinx includes men and women of Latin American descent, people who are not exclusively male or female, people who don’t think of themselves as a man or a woman, and people who don’t act or dress in ways that are common to people of their gender.
“This is about making the university more inclusive,” UC San Diego’s vice chancellor of equity, diversity and inclusion Becky Pettit said in a comment. “We’re meeting students where they are.”
The new policy, which will also apply to the word Chicano, which will now be Chicanx, has been generally well received by members of the UC San Diego community. Dayo F. Gore, an ethnic studies professor at the university, said that terms change over time. Gore argued that this is an appropriate and necessary change.'
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