DIVERSITY TIP OF THE WEEK: Respect Names and Pronouns

Event Type(s): Other,Diversity

If your coworkers refused to call you by your name and instead called you a name that you dislike, how would you feel? Men: If people called you "she" and said that you aren't a man, how would you feel? Women: If people called you "he" and said that you aren't a woman, how would that feel? For many of us, the answer is that we would feel unwelcome or harassed. Many transgender people are made to feel unwelcome because others refuse to call them by the name and pronouns they prefer-- the name and pronouns that allow them to be their authentic selves. We can create an inclusive environment by honoring the ways people want to be named.

-- Contributed by Nicholas S. Sakurai, M.A, M.B.A.

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Jenny Denton
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
+1 301 405 1328




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