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Statement on Gender-Inclusive and Non-Sexist Language

The women and gender studies program recognizes the importance of having policies and practices that support students who identify as transgender, gender variant, and/or gender nonconforming (GNC). Part of that practice is utilizing language that is gender-inclusive and non-sexist. This happens when we use words that affirm and respect how people describe, express, and experience their gender.

Gender-inclusive/non-sexist language acknowledges people of any gender (for example, first year student versus freshman, chair versus chairman, humankind versus mankind, etc.). It also affirms non-binary gender identifications and recognizes the difference between biological sex and gender expression.

Students may share their pronouns and names, and these gender identities and gender expressions will be honored.*

*Language adopted with permission from The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh