Students, employees, faculty and the Sacramento State administration are now allowed to choose their pronouns which are displayed on their student center and profile pages for others, according to a BagSend an email of Sac State’s Division of Inclusive Excellence on May 3.
The State Hornet compiled this FAQ on LGBTQ + Pronouns and Inclusiveness at Sac State.
Q: What is gender identity?
A: According to Project Trevor, gender identity is the internal meaning that a person of his or her gender has. A person’s gender identity can be different from their assigned sex at birth, and it can also be outside of the male-female binary.
Because a person’s gender identity may differ from their assigned sex at birth, and because how a person expresses themselves with their appearance does not determine their gender, using the correct pronouns for a person allows for a more inclusive environment.
Q: What are pronouns and why are they important?
A: Pronouns refer to the words people use to refer to others. Common pronouns used to refer to people are she and she, him and him, them and them.
“Assuming or confusing someone’s pronouns can send a potentially dangerous message: Inclusive Excellence Division noted.
Melissa Muganzo, coordinator of the PRIDE Center at Sac State, has worked with Sac State for about 10 years and said the decision to include people’s pronouns on Student Center and Canvas is long overdue.
“Pronouns just help open this conversation and get people to say, ‘Before I give you a gender identity, even though I don’t intentionally try, but before I even get there, let me ask you, don’t. is this not ? Muganzo said. “I love it. I think it’s important, and I think what people of color have done since the pronouns were introduced is they’ve added their own cultural touch to it.
Muganzo’s pronouns are she / they / sis, meaning she goes through she / her / hers and they / their / theirs pronouns, and she goes through sis with other black women as a form of community solidarity. She said she has also seen people use Spanish pronouns to indicate that they are multilingual.
They said the decision to allow the Sac State community to select their pronouns on Student Center and Canvas shows solidarity with non-binary and transgender people, and makes people think about how people have been conditioned to look. people and assume their kind. .
Q: How can a Sac State student select their pronouns to display?
A: Students interested in selecting their gender pronouns can connect to their Student center page. In the “Personal Information” category, students can scroll down the drop-down menu and select “Pronouns”. Students have the option of selecting a set of gender pronouns from a drop-down list or entering their own. Once the pronouns are saved, the pronouns will appear next to the student’s name on Canvas and on class lists.
Q: What pronouns are available for selection?
A: The pronouns available for selection from the drop-down list are:
- she she
- he / him / his
- they / them
- Ze / Zir / Zirs
- Use of last name only, when a person is referred to only by their first name instead of using pronouns
Students can also type their own pronouns instead of choosing from the list above.
Q: Is adding pronouns mandatory?
A: No, students, faculty, staff and administrators now have the option to add their gender pronouns. Not everyone may be comfortable or feel safe enough to share their gender pronouns, so selecting gender pronouns is optional.
Q: How can teachers select their pronouns?
A: Teachers can select their gender pronouns on the Canvas website. In the settings of the individual’s personal account, teachers can access “Change settings”. Pronouns can only be selected via a drop-down menu and are not customizable. After clicking on “Update settings”, the pronouns will appear next to the faculty name on Canvas.
Q: How can staff and administrators select their pronouns?
A: Staff and administrators are permitted to add their pronouns to their Meet Us web pages for their individual Colleges, Divisions, and Departments.
Q: What resources does Sac State provide for students and faculty who want to learn more about gender identity?
A: State bag PRIDE Center is available for one-on-one appointments which can be set up through social media, according to Muganzo. Students can reach the Pride Center by direct message on their Instagram account, @sacstatepridecenter, as well as on their Twitter account, @sacstatepride.
Muganzo also said the center holds weekly Queer Connect events every Wednesday from virtually noon to 1 p.m., which people can attend without their cameras or audio to spend time with others. People can also attend the centre’s three-hour Safe Zone training, which is free and available to any student or employee who wants to learn more about gender identity.
Muganzo also said that she recently launched a newsletter for the PRIDE Center and they are looking forward to the Allies’ training this summer.
The Inclusive Excellence Division also has resources available on its website, according to Diana Tate Vermeire, division vice president.
Q: Will professors and staff be able to see student pronouns?
A: Yes, student pronouns will be visible on Common management system pages such as class lists and counseling center summary pages. The Inclusive Excellence Division has created a visual guide to show where the students’ pronouns are located.
Q: What are the restrictions for putting pronouns?
A: The list of gender pronouns entered by students will be regularly checked and offensive and inappropriate pronouns will be removed by the university, according to the division. Faq on pronouns. A person can change their pronouns as much as they want.
Q: How can Sac State continue to create an inclusive campus for all gender identities?
A: Vermeire told the State Hornet via email that Sac State must continue to invest in its commitment to inclusive excellence and anti-racism by:
- devote resources to the “capacity building” of the centers of the State of the Sac
- improve administration policies and practices
- recruit and retain faculty and staff from marginalized identities
- increase lifelong learning and literacy in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism across campus.
Vermeire said the Division of Inclusive Excellence has advocated for a position of bias response coordinator at Sac State to help students who have faced discrimination and prejudice. Ed Mills, vice president of student affairs at Sac State, said Sac State is currently recruiting for the role.
“The Director of Bias Response will engage directly with those who have experienced incidents of bias on campus and will endeavor to implement proactive programming to prevent such incidents and respond when they occur,” Vermeire said. According to her, this includes the implementation of restorative justice programs, healing circles and educational programs.
Muganzo said they think the next thing Sac State needs to keep doing is introduce students to more career paths and paths for people interested in working on diversity, equity and inclusion. Muganzo said people should be able to see that they can continue their work through master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, professional roles, managerial roles and other jobs so that people do not question their career path. in diversity and inclusion.
“I think this is the next level of conversation and luckily our on-campus Women and Gender Studies department is on this path,” Muganzo said.
Muganzo said visibility is an important step in helping all centers on campus. They said it shouldn’t be difficult to find information from the centers for marginalized communities on campus.
She said the Division of Inclusive Excellence’s webpage should contain links to all cultural centers available on campus and that all course schedules should also indicate where the cultural and inclusion centers are located on the campus. campus. They also said the administration should focus on expanding the centers currently available on campus.