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. The inaugural International Pronouns Day, a global effort to which our efforts at EOCR are connected, was observed on October 17, 2018. Pronouns day was designed to raise awareness of and promote the use of chosen third person personal pronouns. To support this effort pronoun buttons were distributed throughout the University community and the buttons and stickers will continue to be available as we seek to sustain the practice of sharing, asking for, and respecting chosen personal pronouns.
Pronoun Button Availability
The following offices and locations have pronoun buttons available:
- Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (Washington Hall - Hotel B)
- Multicultural Student Center/LGBTQ Center
- UVA Medical Center (Primary Care Center)
- Student Health (CAPS and Health Promotions)
- 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)
Free CeCe! - International Pronouns Day Event, hosted by EOCR
Thank you for joining us for the film screening, discussion, and reception on International Pronouns Day! Thanks to the support of the University of Virginia Libary, the film Free CeCe! is now available for lending from the Clemmons Library. Public performance rights for educational events are also accessible to University student, faculty and staff groups.
Free CeCe! is a documentary produced by (and featuring) Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox. The film confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color and the prison industrial complex. CeCe McDonald - a trans black woman - was attacked, in self-defense ended up killing her attacker, and subsequently was charged with murder. Although a woman, CeCe ended up spending part of her 19 months in a male prison and was initially denied her correct regimen of hormones.