Students and faculty increasingly request an explicit designation of the pronouns a faculty member uses to self-describe.  Such a practice is consistent with Bates ideals and the college’s Non-Discrimination Policy.  Collected below are a table of pronouns that are increasingly used by faculty and staff at Bates.  Following the table, I’ve provided some examples of “pronoun statements” that faculty and staff have added to their email signatures.  Finally, I’ve included a script of gender inclusive classroom introductions for you to consider.   The goal of this practice is not to policy the use of pronouns used by any Bates student or employee.  Rather, by indicating the pronouns an individual prefers to use, that individual explicitly refuses to normalize the gender binary and creates space for students who do not identify with it to assert the identity the student feels most comfortable with.

Table of PronounsGender Pronoun Chart


Sample Pronoun Statements:


1. They/Them

Lexie Mucci 
Pronouns: They/Them
Program Coordinator
Office of Intercultural Education
Bates College

2. She/Her/Hers

Jessica Perez

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Transition & Support
Office of Intercultural Education (OIE)
Chase Hall 142
(207) 755-5980
Pronouns: she/her/hers

3. He/Him/His

Carl Steidel

Pronouns: he/him/his
Associate Dean of Students
Office of Student Support and Community Standards

Gender Pronouns Script

Much more information is available in the SPARQ! Guide for Faculty