Pronoun Customization in Online Learning

Anyone can share their pronouns on online learning platforms such as Canvas and Zoom. Even if people regularly assume your pronouns correctly, sharing your pronouns can be a meaningful act of solidarity with transgender students, faculty, and staff who share their pronouns to avoid being misgendered. This page includes:

  • Adding Pronouns to your WWU Canvas Account
  • Customizing Your Profile in Zoom (for account holders)
  • Customizing Your Display Name During a Meeting 

Adding Pronouns to your WWU Canvas Account

WWU Canvas users can now designate personal pronouns. This will show your personal pronouns in parentheses after your name wherever your name would normally appear, including areas only the instructor sees, such as the Gradebook, and areas other students in the class can see, such as discussion boards, groups, etc. 

Customizing Your Profile in Zoom (for account holders)

Whether you are using a free (Basic) Zoom account or a licensed Zoom for Western account, you can customize your Profile, which can include your display name as well as the image that displays in place of your video if you have video hidden.

Customizing Your Display Name During a Meeting

Any participant (whether they have a Zoom account or not) can change their display name during a Zoom meeting to change the way it displays in the Participants panel and over your video if you talk. This may be useful if you don’t want your full name, if you prefer a nickname, or if you additionally want to add personal pronouns after your name to be displayed during the session.

  • Rename: Hover over your name and click Rename to change your screen name displayed to other participants. If this does not appear as an option, the host can change their settings to allow participants to rename themselves (which is the default setting).
     

See also: Understanding and Respecting Personal Pronouns - LGBTQ + We