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Five different buttons stating ask about my pronouns, they, my pronouns are, she, and he

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) seeks to cultivate a community at the University of Virginia in which the asking, sharing, and respecting of a person's chosen personal pronouns is common practice. This is not simply a matter of semantics or political correctness. Referring to people who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, in particular, by the wrong pronouns, especially intentionally, can have a negative, devaluing impact. In contrast, referring to people by the pronouns they choose for themselves to identify with is a relatively easy but fundamental way to give meaning to a core University value--respect for others. The English language has a number of pronouns that are used to describe an individual when you are talking about them and many, like she and he, are gendered terms. As such, use of these pronouns can lead to assumptions that have a powerful impact on interpersonal relationships and community building. As we seek to sustain the practice of sharing, asking for, and respecting chosen personal pronouns, EOCR has made pronoun buttons and stickers available at locations throughout the University community.

October 16, 2019 is International Pronouns Day!

  • Tabling Event - RAIN SITE: NEWCOMB HALL 3RD FLOOR EOCR Main Office, Washington Hall (Hotel B), East Range

October 16, 2019 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Stop by the EOCR Main Office THE TABLE IN NEWCOMB HALL to pick up your pronoun button and/or sticker and get more information about the importance of pronouns for supporting inclusion at UVA!

  • Tabling Event - UVA Claude Moore Health Science Library (hallway outside of library)

October 16, 2019 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Stop by the table outside of the Health Science Library to pick up your pronoun button and/or sticker and get more information about the importance of pronouns for supporting inclusion at UVA!

  • School of Nursing - Pizza and Pronouns (McLeod Hall Lobby)

October 16, 2019 | 1 PM - 2 PM

Join with School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students as they discuss why pronouns matter in working toward a community where people feel valued and respected! The event is co-sponsored by IDEA and qRN.

  • Running with President Ryan

October 17, 2019 | 7 AM (Madison Hall, 1705 University Ave., 22903)

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, President Ryan's Run on this date has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled for November.

  • Otherwise Tour and Discussion - The Fralin Museum of Art

October 18, 2019 | 2 PM - 3 PM

In celebration of International Pronouns Day, join EOCR and the Fralin museum for a guided tour of Otherwise. Otherwise was inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a movement that was deeply impacted by transgender and gender non-conforming activists. The exhibition brings together work by over twenty-five modern and contemporary artists from the Fralin's permanent collection. RSVP online today!


Considering Hosting an Event for International Pronouns Day (IPD)?

Review ideas and resources from the IPD organizers and their curated list of programs being hosted by the more than 300 IPD Endorsers.

*The inaugural International Pronouns Day, a global effort to which our efforts at EOCR are connected, was first observed in October 2018. Pronouns day is designed to raise awareness of and promote the use of chosen third person personal pronouns.


Breaking the Binary - Understanding Gender

Pronoun FAQs

UVA LGBTQ Student Services - Safe Space Training

Gender Inclusive Classrooms

Sustained Dialogue Resource Guide

Meriam-Webster: Singular 'They'


Pronoun Button Availability

The following offices and locations have pronoun buttons available every day:

  • Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) (Washington Hall - Hotel B)
  • EOCR Title IX Office (O'Neil Hall, Suite 023)
  • Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Multicultural Student Center/LGBTQ Center
  • UVA Medical Center (Patient Experience Office, Primary Care Center, Suite 1501)
  • Student Health (All Offices)
  • UVA Library (multiple locations)
  • UVA Curry School of Education (Dean's Office)
  • UVA-Wise Office for Compliance, Conduct, and Inclusion
  • UVA Law School
  • Darden School of Business
  • UVA School of Nursing (McLeod Hall, 5th Floor)
  • UVA Women's Center
  • McIntire School of Commerce (Rouss & Robertson Hall, Rm 104)
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Center for Diversity in Engineering, Thornton Hall D-111)