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Identifying your sexual orientation, gender identity, and pronouns

Resources for students, faculty, and staff


INTRODUCTION TO TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING IDENTITIES Training


The Women and Gender Center at CU Denver / Gender & Sexuality Center at CU Anschutz, the Office of Equity, and the Office of the Registrar are pleased to offer an “Introduction to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identities” training. This training provides an introduction to the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming students and provides strategies for creating a more inclusive campus community. To schedule a training or to learn more, email Jacob McWilliams at jacob.mcwilliams@ucdenver.edu.



The University of Colorado recently added new identity options to the student portal. Starting in Fall 2018, students will be able to identify their sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to the pronouns they use. This page includes information about these new options.

If you’re a student, here’s what you need to know:

  • Identifying your pronouns, gender identity, and sexual orientation is optional. You may choose not to answer these questions without fear of penalty.
  • Your selected pronouns will be visible to faculty and staff, who will be expected to honor and use your pronouns in their interactions with you.
  • You can identify your pronouns, gender identity, and sexual orientation through the student portal. You can update your choices in each of these categories at any time.
  • For now, the pronouns menu is limited to only five options (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, he/him/his, ze/zir/zirs, and xe/xer/xers). We recognize that these five options are insufficient for capturing the range of possible gender identities, and we hope to be able to expand these options in the future.

 

Here’s what else you need to know:

The University of Colorado is committed to supporting students who identify as LGBTQIA+, and we recognize that there are lots of different experiences through which students can feel supported and included or, alternately, unsupported and excluded. Please contact the Women & Gender Center if you need guidance in any of the following areas:

  • Changing your name or gender marker in the CU system
  • Updating your email address and directory information
  • Figuring out how to talk to professors, staff, or students about your pronouns and/or chosen name
  • Locating or accessing all-gender restrooms


If you have experienced harassment or discrimination because of your gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, please contact the Office of Equity​. They will be able to help you make decisions about how to proceed with formal and informal strategies to address your concerns.


Training opportunity for the CU Denver | Anschutz community!

The Women and Gender Center, the Office of Equity, and the Registrar’s Office are pleased to offer an “Introduction to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identities” training. This training provides an introduction to the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming students and provides strategies for creating a more inclusive campus community. If you are interested in scheduling a training, please contact Jacob McWilliams, Women & Gender Center Director, at (303) 315-7262 or jacob.mcwilliams@ucdenver.edu. ​​​​

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Did you know? 

Students can now update their record to include their pronouns. Learn more about this here: https://www.colorado.edu/registrar/faculty-staff/ferpa/gender-identity​.​

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