Each month, SACI will release a “Word of the Month.” Each word has been thoughtfully considered and encouraged to further explore as it relates to individuals’ professional and personal capacity.


May 2018 – Pink Tax: Refers to the phenomenon whereby goods and services cost more for female identified than male identified for no good reason. Because of the Pink Tax, the average woman pays an extra $1,351 year year, just for being a woman.


April 2018 – Toxic Masculinity: A narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. It’s the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is everything while emotions are a weakness. This problematic ideal affects and is damaging to all people.


Spectrum: Spectrum reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions, characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.


Intimate Partner Violence: A person with whom one has a close personal relationship that can be characterized by the following: emotional connectedness, regular contact, ongoing physical contact and/or sexual behavior, identity as a couple, or familiarity and knowledge about each other’s lives.


March 2018 – Self Care: The everyday actions and thoughts that support and validate what you need to feel grounded, competent, and loved.


Deaf/deaf: Deaf, capital “D”, refers to Deaf culture and cultural Deaf persons; while deaf, lowercase “d”, refers to hearing loss or being hard of hearing, the actual pathology of being deaf, often defined and diagnosed by audiologist.


Food Security: Consistent access to enough safe, nutritious food for an active, healthy life, without resorting to emergency food programs, scavenging, or stealing.


Prejudice: A preconceived judgment or bias commonly conflated with the larger systems of oppression, such as racism, of which it is only a part. Prejudice is not merely a phenomenon of individual bias but can also be understood as the bias that is built into institutional policies and procedures, as well as seemingly harmless cultural values in ways that reproduce inequity.


February 2018 – Privilege: A group of unearned cultural, legal, social, and institutional rights extended to a group based on their social group membership. Individuals with privilege are considered to be the normative group, leaving those without access to this privilege invisible, unnatural, deviant, or just plain wrong. Most of the time, these privileges are automatic and most individuals in the privileged group are unaware of them.


Segregation: Segregation commonly refers to the system of racial exclusion created for the purpose of upholding a system of racial privilege for the white race. Though separation enforced by law (de jure segregation) is illegal, widespread individual preferences (de facto segregation), particularly in housing and education, contributes to the perpetuation of racial disparities across many spheres.


January 2018 – Inclusion: when members of diverse social and cultural groups are actively included and the dignity of all people is respected so everyone can thrive and reach their fullest potential. Inclusive organizations engage in intentional policies and practices that fully value different perspectives and reflect the interest of diverse members throughout all levels and aspects of the organization. Full inclusion implies dialogue and sharing of power between members.


November 2017 – Internalized Superiority: when members of a privileged group internalize the dominant social messages of superiority about their group and accept their group’s socially superior status as normal and deserved.


September 2017 – Lesbian: an identity term for a female-identified person who is attracked to other female-identified people.