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Brightspace Tip #412: Pronouns

four pronoun badges

Wednesday, October 18th, is International Pronouns Day. International Pronouns Day is celebrated on the third Wednesday of October and seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. For more information about International Pronouns Day visit

ICYMI, read Bart’s “Yes, you should totally tell your students your pronouns” blog post.

Did you know, users now have the option to indicate their pronouns in their Brightspace user profiles? Brightspace user profiles are visible to anyone who shares a course with a particular user, including students, instructors, administrators, etc.

The area under Account Settings, where you can set your pronouns
The area in your Account Settings, where you can set your pronouns
A user profile card with the pronouns displayed
A user profile card with the pronouns displayed
Classlist showing pronouns highlighted to the right of the name of a learner
Pronouns display in the 'Last Name, First Name' column of Classlist, to the right of the user's name, in parentheses. User name text is blue, pronoun text is grey.

Celebrate International Pronouns Day by entering your pronouns into Brightspace and invite your students to do the same.

If you are looking for a good pronoun primer on inclusive teaching, check out this Gender Diversity and Pronouns resource from the University of Michigan.

Also, check out if you or your students are looking for an easy way to share how you would like people to use your name. You can create a URL that links to information to help users get your preferred pronouns, title, and the pronunciation of your name correct.

Follow these steps to do it.

To enter your pronouns:

  1. From your Personal Menu click on Account Settings.
  2. Check the Allow others to see my pronouns box.
  3. Click on the Use different pronouns radio button and enter your pronouns.
  4. Click on Save and Close.

Want more information?

How to set your Pronouns
Navigate Brightspace Learning Environment - Account Settings – Learner (video)

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Image Credit: "pronoun badges at State of the Map 2019" by Edward is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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