Gender identity and sexual orientation

Waterloo recognizes the diverse voices and experiences of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (2SLGBTQIA+) students, faculty and staff. We celebrate and acknowledge their significant contributions and vital roles within the campus community and their advocacy for resources and practices that create a more inclusive campus.

Guiding principles

  • Our goal when following style and terminology guidelines is to be respectful and accurate.
  • Respect and use an individual's self-declared pronouns.
  • It is always best to ask how someone identifies themselves, and how they would like to be identified. In the same way, you might introduce yourself with your name and then ask for someone else’s name, you can do so with pronouns.
    • Example: “My name is Erika, and I use the pronouns they and them; I don’t want to misgender you, can you let me know what your names and pronouns are?”

Recognizing diversity contributes to a more inclusive campus

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the gender identity and sexual orientation style, please contact University Communications by email at We’ll help connect you with teams in the right campus offices.