Pronouns on Microsoft Teams

Tuesday 23-02-2021 - 15:10

Proposed by: University of Huddersfield Students' Union 

Please be advised this is not an NUS position, but a policy submitted to Liberation Conference 2021 and National Conference 2021. 
 
 
Trans and non-binary students are being misgendered in digital teaching and learning spaces in front of their peers by both academics and their peers. Although this is mainly an accidental mistake, many don’t feel comfortable interrupting to correct people. This is also happening to students that have androgynous names or use pronouns that others might not assume. This can have a negative impact on trans, non-binary and intersex students' mental health and wellbeing, and could be impacting any gender dysphoria that students are experiencing.  
 
Although staff and students can define as a ‘known as’ name at their University, it is not currently possible to display pronoun information in Microsoft Teams as the information is based on the directory. The directory has no structure to accommodate pronoun preferences at this time. This important to us as a movement as we strive for equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environments for all students.  
 
 

Ideas for Implementation 

 

NUS should lobby Microsoft to add functionality to Teams that allows all users to add and change their pronouns and are shown visibly next to student’s names. The student should be able to define their pronouns rather than selecting from a standardised list of pronouns (e.g. She/Her, He/Him, They/Them). 
 
If you are a Students’ Union and would like to put your name to this proposal, please complete this form

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