Personal pronouns are the words we use to refer to someone in third person, like “he,” “she,” or “they.” Pronouns are usually attached to gender. Gender is a central part of how we see ourselves and experience the world.
At Columbia we are working towards integrating opportunities for people to ask and give personal pronouns that we do not assume how someone wants to be addressed. If you don’t know someone’s pronouns or what gendered words are comfortable use someone’s name until you know.
"When Arley started at Columbia they were nervous. But now their new friends and teachers make them feel comfortable. Arley is happy they chose Columbia!"
Places where personal pronouns can be shared:
When meeting new people ask what pronouns someone uses and give your own. Student activities, meetings, classes and outings are all places pronouns can be asked and given. Once you know someone’s pronouns use those even when that person is not around.
Part of the mission of Columbia is to support students in defining creative self and communicating that to world towards a professional career. Having a professional email signature that communicates your contact information, major, graduation year as well as personal pronouns is an important part of professional communication.
[Major] [Graduation Year]
Name Tags and Buttons
Columbia has created pronoun inclusive name tags for use at programs and events and buttons for regular use. If you would like to include them with student organization or department’s materials use can download and print them here or pick up at button at the Multicultural Affairs event you attend!
Download the Name Tag Templates
Download the Button Templates
To share more information about personal pronouns across campus flyers and handouts are available for download and print.
A Guide to Pronoun Usage