Enabling Chosen Name and Pronoun across Campus and all Digital Environments

Spring
2021
Resolution Number: 
20.01
Category: 
Students
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has advocated for inclusive college campuses through resolutions, rostrum articles,1 and presentations;

Whereas, A 2019 report by the Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a nationally recognized resource for collecting data on school climate for LGBTQ+ students, revealed that 6 out of 10 LGBTQ+ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 4 out of 10 because of their gender expression2;

Whereas, The GLSEN survey further stated that students were less likely to experience anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in their schools if they were allowed to use the name and pronoun of their choice3; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges approved Resolution 3.07 F19, urging local academic senates to request their colleges enable the Canvas name preferred option for students, but the resolution does not cover classroom rosters or other digital environments;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local academic senates to work with their colleges and districts to enable chosen first and last names and pronouns in all campus and digital environments; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support local academic senates with resources and professional development opportunities on creating inclusive and supportive campuses for all students.

MSA


1. https://www.asccc.org/content/lgbt-campus-climate-survey-%E2%80%93-eye-opening-experience
2. https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/NSCS19-111820.pdf
3. https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/NSCS19-111820.pdf