There is increasing conversation at the NIH and more broadly in our society around practicing cultural awareness and competence in communications related to sex, gender, gender identity, and related topics. Culturally competent gender-related communication is a central way through which individuals can help to cultivate civil and affirming personal and professional environments where gender diversity is valued and respected. To further encourage such an environment at the NIH and beyond, the C3 resource was developed to summarize key information and recommendations for demonstrating cultural competence and sensitivity toward sex, gender, and gender identity.



This training resource contains an overview of gender-related language, including descriptions of related constructs (such as sex, gender, and gender identity), relevant linguistic issues, and practical examples and recommended practices for engaging in gender-sensitive and -competent communication in interactions with and discussions about professional colleagues, research investigators, administrative staff, coworkers, and people in general.

Audiences of interest at NIH include program officers (POs), scientific review officers (SROs), grants management specialists (GMSs), reviewers, study section members, human resources staff, reviewers, research investigators, trainees, and the broader community. The resource may also serve useful for those at other Federal agencies, through the scientific enterprise, and in the general public.

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