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Personal Pronouns

descriptive words to describe personal pronouns

What’s Your Pronoun?

Can you correctly determine the gender of persons by their names (below)?

  • Ashley, Aubry, Beverly, Casey, Cheyenne, Terry, Kelly, Mel, Jean, Awatef, Gal, Roshan, Kai, Airut, Jun, Nadir, Cemre, Anh, Xiuwei, Dae, Maduenu, Taban, Mikenzie, Cheng

If you struggled, you are not alone. The first eight names are unisex or dual-gender names from American and British English. The remaining names are from other nations, including France, Pakistan, Israel, India, Nigeria, China, South Korea, Scotland, and more. 

Dr. McKyer shared how she on several occasions received correspondence from individuals who were probably unable to determine her gender based on her name.

I have a non-English name because of my Japanese heritage. So I frequently receive correspondences in which the salutation starts with “Dear Sir/Madam” or something along those lines” said Dr. McKyer.  She also recalls during her student days when her professors wrestle with pronunciation as well as struggle with identifying prospective owners of the name.  Her Japanese name does not match her outward appearance as a Black woman. 

This experience reinforces the need for respect of a person's identity as well as their cultural background.  Recognizing a person's individual identity and preferences around that identity is a sign of respect and safety for all students. This is especially true for students who have marginalized identities , as they tend to bear the brunt of misunderstanding and mis-gendering.

It is important for SPH to engage in a conversation around personal pronouns, as it is part of our stated vision, mission and values. To do this effectively we must continue to learn and grow together. 

We invite you to join us in this learning project by pledging to consider your personal pronouns and share them with your colleagues. There are three ways you are invited to participate.

  1. Join – Sign up on the list of people who intend to share their personal pronouns.  
  2. Add your pronouns to your email signature
  3. Learn & ShareFurther educate yourself and others

Examples:

Sam Scholar | Coordinator

Pronouns: he, him, his
Office of Awesomeness, School of Public Health | Texas A&M University
1266 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-1266
ph: 979.436.9383  | sscholar@emailaddress.com  


Sam Scholar | Coordinator

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Office of Awesomeness, School of Public Health | Texas A&M University
1266 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-1266
ph: 979.436.9383  | sscholar@emailaddress.com

 

Sam Scholar | Coordinator

Pronouns: they, them, theirs
Office of Awesomeness, School of Public Health | Texas A&M University
1266 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-1266
ph: 979.436.9383  | sscholar@emailaddress.com

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