Policy Education: Gender Equity & Access

“Equity and Access: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns” Policy

This new administrative policy aligns with those commitments to non-discriminatory programs, activities, and facilities, and promotes a respectful University community free from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The policy addresses the following.

  • Name, gender identity, and pronouns: Addresses the use of a specified name, gender identity, pronoun and other gendered personal references used to refer to an individual.
  • Privacy: specifies who should have access to pronouns, gender identify, and legal sex of a student maintained in University records and the need to maintain the privacy of this information.
  • Data collection: covers the need to specify at time of collection the reason for the information collection and how it will be used. Disclosures are only required when it’s legally mandated or when there is a legitimate University-related reason for the request.
  • Programs, activities, and facilities: provides specifics around accessing University housing, restrooms, locker rooms, camp programs and recreation services and activities. This includes accessing gender-specific facilities that correspond with an individual’s gender identity.

The full policy statement can be found here on the University policy website.

For frequently asked questions, visit here.

Introduction to Pronouns

Introduction to Pronouns

Educational Resources About Gender Identity, Gender Expression, & Pronouns

Faculty Resources for Gender Pronouns in Curriculum and Instruction

Folder containing resources and documents for pronoun education.

Nonbinary Pronouns Quick Tips by the Center for Writing

Information about the usage of nonbinary pronouns in writing.

MyPronouns

Website providing resources and information on personal pronouns

They/Them Project by Brent Dundore

They/Them Project is a collection of photographs, podcasts, and video interviews, produced to inform and educate all about gender identity.

Practice Using Pronouns

Minus18 provides an online tool allowing users to practice using different pronouns.

A Special Thank You

This policy resulted from a robust, systemwide consultative process, and we are grateful to all who provided feedback and input. We are also grateful to the Trans Advisory & Action Team and the many transgender and gender non-conforming community members whose advocacy and education efforts laid the groundwork for this policy.

Panel Discussion for Staff and Faculty

“LGBTQ Promising Practices: Names and Pronouns” panel discussion & keynote address

  • January 21, 2020, 2:30pm-4pm

Education Sessions for Faculty & Instructors

*Before registering for a training, please refer to the directory to inquire if there is an existing facilitator within your college, unit, or department. If so, please contact your respective department representative to schedule a training session. 

Spring 2020 Sessions, "Inclusive Practices for Names and Pronouns in the Classroom":

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10am-12pm  (Online/Webinar)
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1-3pm Humphrey, room 50B, UM-TC Campus, West Bank
  • Friday, April 24, 10am-12pm (Online/Webinar)

Education Sessions for Academic Professions

*Before registering for a training, please refer to the directory to inquire if there is an existing facilitator within your college, unit, or department. If so, please contact your If so, please contact your respective department representative to schedule a training session. 

Spring 2020 Sessions, "Inclusive Practices for Names and Pronouns in Academic Contexts":

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 1-3pm *Zoom-only
  • Friday, February 21, 2020, 10am-12pm Humphrey, room 50B, UM-TC Campus, West Bank
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020, 10am-12pm Humphrey, room 50B, UM-TC Campus, West Bank

Education for Students Coming Soon

This page will be updated to include education sessions for University of Minnesota undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.