April 13, 2022
At Room to Read, we believe in the power of words to create a more equitable and just world. For this reason, we are making an intentional and thoughtful shift toward increasing dignity and precision in our language, especially when referencing the people and communities we serve. As a valued supporter of our movement to create a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality, we invite you on this journey with us as we communicate in a way that is authentic to our mission and upholds Room to Read’s values.
Room to Read is committed to dignified language across our worldwide organization and in all our communications. We look forward to a future in which all people – no matter the challenges they face or the circumstance they may currently be in – are recognized for their individuality and personal agency, as well as represented with the inherent respect and dignity they deserve.
Since our founding in 2000, Room to Read has had the privilege of working with more than 32 million children and in a rich diversity of 21 countries and 49,000 communities around the world – from Nepal and Tanzania to Pakistan and the United States. We advocate on behalf of children who face deep educational inequities. As a learning organization, we will strengthen and enhance the language we use to better reference the communities we serve by: