DEIB Expectations for Speakers

We encourage AHP presenters to create educational opportunities and experiences that embrace diversity in its many forms

AHP Briefing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Expectations for Presenters

As an AHP presenter, we hope our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging resonates with you. We encourage you to create educational opportunities and experiences that embrace diversity in its many forms, expand the knowledge of healthcare philanthropy practitioners and move our profession forward.

It is in this vein that we offer the following suggestions for consideration for our presenters and content providers.  

 1. Gather Diverse Resources 

As you create content for AHP, think about how your research sources, promotional materials, and additional panelists/presenters reflect the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Are a variety of voices present in your offering? Will your audience see their experiences reflected in your session? How might you effectively promote your content among a diverse set of participants? How might your recruit others to join you?

 2. Set the Tone 

In order to frame your presentation within a DEIB context, it might be helpful for workshop leaders to take the first steps and/or lead by example. Perhaps articulate your individual perspective, identity, values, and culture. Consider how experiences of power and privilege may affect your approach and effectiveness, and evaluate how these dynamics might impact your presentation.  

 3. Be an Intentional Inclusive Presenter 

Inclusion requires active, intentional, and ongoing efforts to promote the full participation and sense of belonging of every participant. Speakers should attempt to create an equitable and inclusive environment. While there will always be those in any educational setting who don’t wish to engage by speaking up in a session, take special care to include all those who want to participate this way.

Other tips might include: 

  • Alternate using your voice and making space for other voices
  • Practice respectful communication and encourage that among participants, including criticizing respectfully and constructively
  • Make sure your placement in the room (if onsite) is free of physical barriers for everyone
  • Use pronouns proactively
  • Give credit appropriately for ideas you bring, as well as those expressed in the session. 

Thank you for your participation as an AHP presenter. It is our hope that the considerations above will add additional depth to our educational offerings that help enhance the skills of healthcare philanthropy practitioners throughout the field.  

Inclusive Language in
AHP Communications


Personal Pronouns

  • Use a person’s self-identified pronoun, including when a person uses the singular “they” 
  • Use “they” as a generic third-person singular pronoun to refer to a person whose gender or pronoun preference is unknown or irrelevant to the context of the usage
  • Do not use “he” or “she” alone as generic third-person singular pronouns. Instead, use combination forms such as “he or she” and “she or he” if you know that these pronouns match the people being described 

Ability and Disability

  • Avoid describing people as disabled, handicapped, or confined to a wheelchair 
  • Avoid terms that contribute to stigmas around disability or mental illness. Crazy, dumb, lame, insane, psycho 
  • If it is relevant and important to distinguish those elements of a person’s identity, focus on the person, not the identity. A baby with Down syndrome not a Down’s baby