Words to refer to a person after initially using their name. Gendered pronouns include she and he, her and him, hers and his, and herself and himself. People may also use gender-neutral pronouns such as they, them, their(s). Or, they may be ze (rather than she or he) or hir (rather than her(s) and him/his). 

Note: When including the use of pronouns, refrain from describing them as preferred pronouns, which implies that it is optional or less important. Instead, describe them as “pronouns used” e.g., “what pronouns do you use?” 

Pronouns can be integrated into intake forms, when introducing yourself, in your email signature, on name tags, professors asking students at the beginning of the semester, etc.

See misgender for more information about the impact of using incorrect pronouns.


Adapted from Harvard Human Resources Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Terms