Pronouns in Use

Pronouns in Use: Pilot 2020

University Life is piloting a program for students to register their Pronouns in Use in CourseWorks. This is optional for students. Registered pronouns will appear in the NameCoach section of CourseWorks informing instructors and course participants of the pronouns students use.

Why is this important? Referring to students by the pronouns they use shows respect and is one facet of an inclusive classroom.

The Columbia Business School, Mailman School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) are the first schools to introduce this program for their students, who may start registering their Pronouns in Use in CourseWorks starting on January 6, 2020. For more information about Pronouns in Use, please review these FAQ.

You may also check out the additional information below to learn more about pronouns in our community, gender identity and other resources at Columbia. Questions? Contact the Office of University Life at

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