Inclusion Matters 2023 – Symmetry style guide: Writing about people with dignity

On Wednesday, April 19 at 11 a.m., the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility will be hosting a virtual presentation by Kathryn Jepsen, Editor-in-chief of Symmetry magazine at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, “Symmetry style guide: Writing about people with dignity.”

The style guide for Symmetry has traditionally answered questions such as, “Should there be a hyphen in high-energy physics?” and “What should you call Rubin Observatory on first reference?”

But writing about scientific research also involves writing about the people who make that research happen. That brings up different questions, such as “How do you quote a source who communicates using sign language?” and “When is it appropriate to mention a source’s race?”

To answer these more people-focused questions, Jepsen has put together a different style guide, based on more than 50 references from organizations such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Transgender Journalists Association.

In this talk, learn about what the process of putting the guide together taught Jepsen about how and why to use conscious language.

To register, please click here (Services log-in required). For accommodations contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran (