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.
- 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
If you have any further questions about the gender identity and sexual orientation style, please contact University Communications by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help connect you with teams in the right campus offices.
- Guiding principles
- Tools and strategies for community engagement
- Language and written style
- Visual elements and design guidelines
- Web and social media
- Digital Accessibility Guide