The University of Michigan is hoping to “foster inclusiveness” with its latest decision to allow students to choose the personal pronouns they would like faculty and staff to use when talking to them.
The campus directory is giving students the option to be referred to as “he,” “she” or “ze,” a recently developed pronoun intended to be completely gender neutral.
“A designated personal pronoun is a pronoun an individual chooses to identify with and expects others to use when referencing them (he, she, him, his, ze, etc.),” the university wrote in an email obtained first by the Detroit Free Press.
The final decision was made by the university’s Pronoun Committee, which determined that “asking about and correctly using someone’s designated pronoun is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their identity and to cultivate an environment that respects all gender identities.”