UW News

October 15, 2019

New pronoun option coming for students; celebrate International Pronouns Day Oct. 16

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Starting this academic year, the University of Washington is implementing an option allowing students and other members of the UW community to express what pronouns they go by in their everyday lives.

The UW Office of the Registrar plans to integrate pronoun use into class rosters as early as winter quarter if resources and schedule allow.

“Providing instructors with their students’ self-identified pronouns is our highest priority so that faculty don’t have to assume them based on name or appearance,” said Helen Garrett, UW Registrar.

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On International Pronouns Day (Oct. 16) the University of Washington community is invited to celebrate the ways in which using someone’s pronouns have a positive impact on the community as a whole.

“Respectful pronoun use cultivates a safer, more inclusive and welcoming community for everyone,” said Jen Self, director of the UW Q Center.

International Pronouns Day is a day of celebration that “seeks to make respecting, sharing and educating about personal pronouns commonplace,” according to its website.

For ideas on how to participate, and information on plans to add a pronoun option at the UW, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s page on pronouns.