Pronouns are how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include, but are not limited to:

  • he/him/his,
  • she/her/hers,
  • they/them/their,
  • they/them/their and she/her/hers (used interchangeably)
  • they/them/their and he/him/his (used interchangeably)
  • ze/hir/hirs, and other gender neutral pronouns.

We share our pronouns with others and ask them to do the same so that we do not assume how people want to be referred to in the third person, thus avoiding instances of misgendering. Misgendering is incorrectly referring to a person’s gender by assuming their gender identity; often this is done by using the wrong pronouns for a person. Misgendering someone can be done intentionally or unintentionally, and it can have long-lasting harmful impact.

By respecting others’ pronouns, you recognize their sense of self and affirm the humanity of all members of our community, specifically transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender questioning, and other gender diverse members of our community. Using an individual’s pronouns correctly is a way to continue to practice inclusion and foster belonging at NYU.

If you have questions or feedback about pronouns, contact pronouns@nyu.edu.

Pronouns are now an optional field available in Albert!

In order to intentionally integrate pronouns in our everyday practices here at NYU, the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, and the Office of Enrollment Management have worked in partnership with students, faculty, and administrators to develop and implement pronoun options in Albert.

By selecting pronouns, students can have their pronouns displayed to faculty, advisors, and administrators in Albert, as well as other NYU systems (e.g., NYU Classes and NYU Connect). Students can also opt out of having their pronouns viewed by their instructors, in case they feel more comfortable sharing their pronouns outside of the classroom.

The availability of students’ pronouns in other departments and information systems across the University will be on a system-by-system basis.

If you have questions or feedback, contact pronouns@nyu.edu.

Resources:

Trans@NYU

A page dedicated to providing up-to-date policies, services, and resources for transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender questioning, and other gender diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni at NYU.

Trans Inclusive Practices in the Classroom

A page with best practices and resources for faculty wanting to foster more inclusive classroom environments, specifically for transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender questioning, and other gender diverse students.

Pronoun Buttons

The LGBTQ+ Center provides pronoun buttons so that you can display your pronouns at events or in your everyday work! To request some, simply email lgbtq@nyu.edu or stop by the LGBTQ+ Center (Kimmel Center, Suite 602) to pick up a few.

Learning and Development

The Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation provides NYU community members with a number of in-person development and training opportunities focused on fostering a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ communities at NYU. For more information, visit our In-Person Sessions page.

Additional Resources