Set your pronouns in Identity.UW

Last updated: January 23, 2023
Audience: StudentsInstructorsStaff

Pronouns are now available in Identity.UW. 

Pronouns are now available in your MyUW profile.

Upcoming pronoun integrations:
* UW Zoom:  February 2023
* UW Canvas:  Spring 2023

Identity.UW allows you to indicate your pronoun(s) for use in the UW community.

Your pronouns will be displayed in a limited number of systems that help faculty, other academic personnel, advisors, staff, students, and others in the UW community facilitate everyday social interactions. Examples may eventually include Zoom, MyUW class lists displayed to instructors, Canvas, and some departmental directories.

How are pronouns used and displayed in UW systems?

Identity.UW gives you the choice to indicate your pronouns to help others learn and use your pronouns respectfully. By setting pronouns in Identity.UW, you give permission for your pronouns to be used in any UW system for the purpose of facilitating respectful social interactions, in alignment with APS 2.2. The UW may disclose them to others when required by law. Sharing your pronouns in this way makes them available to systems as one of the attributes of your UW identity, but only some UW systems can or will display pronouns set in Identity.UW.

 

What pronouns can I use?

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

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”.

Your pronouns can be up to 140 characters in length and are restricted to “US keyboard” characters. Specifically, any printable 7-bit ASCII characters except for pipe (|) and backslash (\) characters are allowed.

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.

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.

Follow these instructions to set your initial pronouns:

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

Follow these instructions to edit your pronouns:

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

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.

Note: Identity integration will be available in Zoom in February 2023.

When you add your pronouns to Identity.UW, they will be visible on your Zoom profile page the next time you log in to Zoom with your personal UW NetID (using the SSO method). Note that pronouns in Zoom are limited to 48 characters.

When pronouns are visible on your Zoom profile page, they are always visible to your Zoom contacts as part of your Zoom profile card in the Zoom desktop client and mobile app.

You can share or remove your pronouns during meetings and webinars.

Updates propagate to UW Zoom when you sign in with SSO.

Learn more about updating your pronouns in UW Zoom.

Note: Pronoun integration will be available in Canvas for spring quarter 2023

When you add your pronouns to Identity.UW, they will be visible in Canvas every place your name appears to instructors and other students in your courses. For example, pronouns will appear after your name in discussion posts, comments, inbox messages, people pages for courses and groups, and assignments (peer review, submissions).

When you add or update your pronouns in Identity.UW, they will be updated in Canvas within two days.

Note: Pronoun integration with your MyUW profile will be available December 2022. Pronouns will be available to instructors of record on the MyUW class list for spring quarter 2023.

When you add your pronouns to Identity.UW, they will be visible to you in the Profile page. Pronouns will also be added as a column (later, in spring quarter) to the MyUW class list, along with other information such as name, email, section, etc. The MyUW class list is only viewable by the official instructor of record.

MyUW remembers profile information for an hour after you sign in; any changes to pronouns will appear on MyUW when this cache expires.

Please provide feedback through UW-IT or other departments. Note: If you are a system owner, learn more about integrating pronouns.