IT Connect
Your connection to information technology at the UW

Set your pronouns in Identity.UW

Current status (June 30, 2021) — Pronouns aren’t yet available in Identity.UW. This page is being made available prior to release, so that implementers and other contributors can refer to it, and the community is aware of the general approach to governance and integration of pronoun data. Notes (in italics) are added where coordination with data stewards and other stakeholders continues. Feedback is welcome.

Identity.UW supports sharing of pronouns that individuals go by on an everyday basis at the UW.

What pronouns can I use?

You can indicate any pronouns that help others to learn and respectfully use the pronouns you go by on an everyday basis. This self-identification feature ensures all members of the UW community can indicate pronouns aligned with their gender identity and expression.

Can I use short pronoun indicators?

Yes, you can use pronoun indicators such as “she/her”, “he/him”, “they/them”, “she/they”, “he/they”, “any/all”, etc. Learn more about pronoun indicators

Can I indicate more than one pronoun?

Yes, the input field allows you to indicate more than one pronoun, using the format of your choice, including pronoun indicators like “she/they” and “he/they”.

Any technical constraints on length or characters?

Your pronouns can be up to 140 characters in length and include any printable 7-bit ASCII characters, except for pipe (|) and backslash (\) characters.

Can non-English pronouns be included?

While pronouns indicated in Identity.UW are intended to help others to learn and respectfully use pronouns in everyday English language contexts of use, heritage language and other bilingual speakers can include non-English pronouns too. For example, “she/her/ella” or “they/el” (both with Spanish third person pronouns) or “she/they/siya” (with Tagalog third-person singular gender-fluid pronoun) might be used to invite others of a heritage language or shared cultural background to refer to these speakers in culturally sustaining ways.

Can I choose the formatting?

Yes, the format of your pronouns is up to you. However, elaborate formatting may hinder the ability of others to learn and respectfully use your pronouns. Learn more about pronoun indicators

How do I update my pronouns?

Use Identity.UW to set, edit, and clear (remove) your pronouns.

Set your pronouns

Follow these instructions to set your initial pronouns:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Sign in to identity.uw.edu.
  3. Under Profile information, select “Set pronouns”.
  4. Use the buttons and text box to enter your pronouns.
  5. Select “Clear all” to start over.
  6. Review the terms and conditions.
  7. Select “Agree & Save Pronouns” to save your pronouns.
  8. Your saved pronouns will be displayed under “Your Pronouns”.

Edit your pronouns

Follow these instructions to edit your pronouns:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Sign in to identity.uw.edu.
  3. Under Profile information, under Your Pronouns, select “Edit”.
  4. Use text box to update your pronouns.
  5. Select “Clear all” to start over.
  6. Select “Agree & Save Pronouns” to save your updates.
  7. Your updated pronouns will be displayed under “Your Pronouns”.

Clear your pronouns

Follow these instructions to clear (remove) your pronouns:

  1. StepsActions
  2. Sign in to identity.uw.edu.
  3. Under Profile information, under Your Pronouns, select “Edit”.
  4. Select “Clear all” to clear the text box.
  5. Select “Agree & Save Pronouns” to save your update.
  6. Your pronouns will be cleared (removed) from Identity.UW.

Do updates take effect immediately?

No, updates need time to propagate to the systems and people that use them. Identity.UW stores updates immediately, but downstream system integrations differ in their data latencies, and people also need time to become aware of updates to your pronouns.

Where are my pronouns displayed?

Your pronouns are integrated into UW systems authorized to display everyday pronouns, similar to everyday names and identifiers (like UW NetID). These integrations enable faculty, advisors, staff, students, and others in the UW community to learn your everyday pronouns.

Note: This section is under development for review and feedback. The list of systems below includes services likely to integrate pronouns, but due to the intended everyday nature and widespread use of pronouns from Identity.UW, it isn’t a complete list of all integrations.

Zoom

Audiences
TBD. Zoom users can view pronouns as part of your Zoom profile information. You can choose if you want this information shared as part of your Zoom display name in meetings and webinars.
Data latency
TBD. Updates propagate to UW Zoom when you sign in with SSO.
Notes
TBD (e.g. field label, layout, number of characters)
Learn more
TBD

Canvas

Audiences
TBD. Instructors and students can view pronouns everywhere a username is displayed.
Data latency
TBD. Updates propagate to Canvas…
Notes
TBD (e.g. field label, layout, number of characters)
Learn more
TBD

MyUW Class Lists

Audiences
TBD. Instructors can view pronouns on both the text roster and the photo classlist.
Data latency
TBD Updates propagate to MyUW…
Notes
TBD (e.g. field label, layout, number of characters)
Learn more
TBD

Display notes:
Audiences:
Data latency:
Learn more: TBD

UW Directory

Audiences
TBD. Employee information including pronouns is available to anyone. Students information is only available to members of the UW community.
Data latency
TBD
Notes
TBD
Learn more
TBD. UW Directory

What other systems plan to integrate pronouns?

Some other systems likely to integrate pronouns:

  • System: EARS (Electronic Academic Records System)
    Audiences: advisors
    Department: UW-IT
    Timeline: TBD
  • System: Compass
    Audiences: advisors
    Department: OMA&D
    Timeline: TBD

Note: If you are a system owner, learn more about integrating pronouns.

How can I suggest where to integrate my pronouns?

Please provide feedback through UW-IT or other departments.

How is privacy handled?

Identity.UW uses an opt-in methodology to pronouns, so that you are aware of the intended, everyday uses of your pronouns in the UW community. This methodology promotes transparency and awareness, and allows you to decide if you want to share pronouns through Identity.UW.

Last reviewed June 30, 2021