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Conscious Style Guide Welcomes Steve Bien-Aimé to Its Advisory Council

PASADENA, CA — April 21, 2016 — The latest advocate of inclusive language to join Conscious Style Guide’s advisory council is Steve Bien-Aimé, PhD candidate at Penn State whose research interests include race and gender portrayals in news and sports media.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve Bien-Aimé to our team,” said Karen Yin, founder of Conscious Style Guide. “His critical research and outspoken views on improving gender representation in sports journalism and The Associated Press Stylebook has made him an indispensable presence in the conscious-language movement. Steve shares our passion for critical examination of the way groups of people are treated through language, and this is just the kind of support that Conscious Style Guide needs in its mission to be the place to go for people words.”

Before entering graduate school, Bien-Aimé worked as a copy editor at both The News Journal in Delaware and The Baltimore Sun and served in a variety of functions at in Los Angeles, departing as deputy NFL editor. Starting in August, Bien-Aimé will be teaching at Louisiana State University.

“I am excited to assist in furthering Conscious Style Guide’s goal of making communications more inclusive for all members of our society,” Bien-Aimé said. “I already learn a lot from the efforts of Karen Yin and her team, and I look forward to sharing my expertise wherever I can.”

Other Advisory Council Members

Alice Y. Hom, PhD, is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities to raise resources, nurture leaders and build the capacity of organizations for social change. Until recently, she served as the director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Currently, Hom is consulting with individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, philanthropic, humanities and film/media sectors. She serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy. Hom is the co-editor of an award-winning anthology, Q & A: Queer in Asian America.

Rick Kenney, PhD, is a former journalist and now a journalism educator and media ethicist. He is chair of the department of communications at Augusta (Ga.) University. He writes about media discourse in news coverage of minorities and other marginalized people. He has published in academic journals and scholarly books about media representations of the Roma of Europe, Negro League baseball players, transnational communities and LBGQTI persons. Kenney also is a scholar of Japanese communication, culture and philosophy.

Ingin Kim is an owner of Ninety Plus, an internationally renowned producer of rare and exclusive specialty coffee with a mission to promote sustainable practices and preserve wildlife on its estates. She is a veteran of the animation industry as artist, director and manager. After twenty years, she parlayed her experience into her own design studio, EyePop Studio, where she continues to provide services as a consultant.

Terry Wolverton is author of ten books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman’s Building. Wolverton has taught creative writing in community settings for over three decades; in 1997, she founded Writers at Work, a creative writing studio in Los Angeles, where she teaches fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. She is also an associate faculty mentor for the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

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About Conscious Style Guide

Conscious Style Guide is a simple and accessible community resource for anyone curious or serious about conscious language. In one place, you can access style guides covering terminology for various communities and find links to key articles debating usage. For more information, please visit

About Karen Yin

Karen Yin founded Conscious Style Guide in 2015 to raise awareness of compassionate, empowering and inclusive language. An independent writer and copy editor, she was the final eye on campaigns for Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks for most of her decades-long career and now serves clients in education, publishing and marketing. The creator of AP vs. Chicago and the style columnist for Copyediting since 2014, Karen has been invited to speak on androgyny, sexist language and racist language at universities, conferences and community events. She is also an award-winning fiction writer and Lambda Literary Foundation fellow (2015 and 2016). For more information, please visit

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