Pronouns are used in every day speech and writing to take the place of people's names.
- Example: Naomi transferred to UCSB this year. They are excited to get involved on campus!
We frequently use them without thinking about it. Often, when speaking of someone in the third person, these pronouns have a gender implication. These associations are not always accurate or helpful because you cannot tell what pronouns someone uses by the way they look or vice versa.
Asking and using someone's correct pronouns are two of the most basic ways to show your respect for their identity. Join the RCSGD as we aim to advance the knowledge of using everyone's correct pronouns and strive for a more inclusive environment at UCSB.
It is important to note that some people do not use pronouns at all. In that case, you would repeat the name of the person instead of using a pronoun.
- Example: Mateo transferred to UCSB this year. Mateo is excited to get involved on campus!