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Personal pronouns in profile could be more inclusive

Hello! My name is Jamie Shegogue and I am a current sophomore in college. After speaking with a bunch of my peers, I saw an issue that I felt needed to be brought up.

It has come to my attention that in one user’s Canvas profile, they are only allowed to choose one set of pronouns to display. I am writing on behalf of a couple of my peers who identify as genderqueer or genderfluid and use multiple different sets of pronouns, to say that Canvas should allow for a user to select as many pronouns as they would like to be displayed with their name. I think it is incredible that Canvas has created a way for everyone to share their pronouns, but there is always room for more inclusion. Here is what I propose:

  1. User should be able to choose as many pronouns as they would like to be displayed with their name (ie. Jamie Shegogue (she/her, they/them))
  2. The addition of the following pronouns (In addition to he/him, she/hers, and they/them):
    1. ze/hir/hirs
    2. ze/zir/zirs
    3. xe/xem/xyrs
  3. The addition of a write-in option for those who do not identify with any of the pronouns Canvas has supplied. Users should be able to add their personal pronoun. I understand that this may be tricky as some may take advantage of this write-in, but this step is necessary in promoting a safe environment for all people.

Pronouns are a massive part of one’s identity; they are an extension of our own names. Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s name can be a way to respect them. It can be so invalidating to a persons identity when their pronouns are often forgotten or left out, and so I thank you for reading this note in its entirety.

I hope you will consider my suggestions.


Jamie Shegogue

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Good evening, @Jam_Shego ...

If you would like to submit this as a new Feature Idea, you'll need to do that in a different area here in the Community website.  From any page here in the Community, click on the PRODUCT menu at the top of the screen, and then click on IDEA CONVERSATIONS.  On the screen that appears, click on the red "Suggest an idea" button to get started.

Here are a few documents to help you along the way:

I hope this will be of help to you.