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ERIC Number: EJ1121321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Gender Pronouns: Recommendations from an Institution with Solutions
Parks, Parks,; O'Connor, Margaret; Parrish, Jesse
College and University, v91 n4 p83-84, 86 Nov 2016
As the population of transgender and gender-nonconforming students at colleges and universities increases, it is important to examine how institutions have adjusted policies and student systems to create a universally welcoming environment. Transitioning is often a challenging and sensitive process, making each interaction in a new setting vital to student development. Even the use of the wrong pronoun or a renounced legal name in a classroom setting can lead to embarrassment for the student and awkwardness for the faculty member. In an effort to address the needs of this burgeoning subpopulation, universities are seeking ways to modify systems to help transgender and gender-nonconforming students navigate these challenges. There are many ways in which universities can normalize transgender and gender non-conforming students' experiences. An important precursor to action, of course, is the recognition that pronoun, preferred name, and preferred gender are all important aspects of identity. Updating and redesigning systems that allow these pieces to be a normal part of registration and student interaction on campus can have a tremendous positive effect on this population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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