Pronoun Buttons

First Year Programs is invested in making the UW a welcoming environment for all community members. In addition to sharing our pronouns when we introduce ourselves, we also identify the pronouns we use by including pronouns on our name tags or by wearing pronoun buttons.

People naturally ask us about the way we introduced ourselves or why we wear our pronoun buttons. Starting a dialogue about the importance of pronouns can be informative and powerful. Below are some brief explanations we use to explain why it's important to share pronouns:

  • I share mine because I don’t want anyone to feel unsafe or unwelcome and I think this helps.
  • I think that sharing my pronouns helps everyone feel included and respected.
  • Sharing my pronouns helps make the UW a more welcoming place for people of all genders.
  • I want to make sure that everyone gets my name and pronouns right every time; I also want to make sure I get everyone else’s right, too!
  • I believe it’s more respectful not to assume someone’s gender based on how I think they look. I’m sharing mine so that you won’t have to assume either!
  • I really appreciate that you asked! I share mine because I am an active ally.
  • I share mine because I am proud to be trans, and having the chance to share my pronouns at work is phenomenal!
  • I share them because I think this helps to create a more positive environment for all people who live, work, visit and learn here at the University of Washington.
  • Thanks for asking! I share my pronouns because Campus Pride (2015) rated the UW as one of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly universities in the nation!