Gender Pronouns & Creating Cultures of Respect - This event has already occurred

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Virtual Program

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(designed for adults)

We’ve all done it. Said the wrong pronoun, used the wrong name, and/or otherwise referred to someone in some sexed/gendered way and immediately wished we could take it back. (And, guess what? We are all going to do it – we’re all human; we all make mistakes.) So, how can we get ahead of these mistakes in our daily communication practices and activate in ourselves inclusive ways of thinking and speaking for gender and sexed identities? In this talk, we’ll start with some grammar and linguistic history to identify where these words come from in our language and how they work (and don’t work), and then we’ll discuss impacts and impasses of privilege and inclusivity to get us into some strategies for positive engagement with gender pronouns. We’ll wrap up with highlighting pronoun awareness and cultures of respect to ultimately reflect on whiteness, marginalization, trauma, and continued struggle.   

Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) is the Executive Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta and is someone who will always call the Waterloo Region of Ontario (specifically, Elmira and Waterloo) "home." Tommy was the valedictorian of the 2006 graduating class at Elmira District Secondary School and went on to complete a Joint Honours BA and PhD (just about done!) at the University of Waterloo. As an academic drag queen, Tommy is a sought-after speaker on the topics of “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” as well as visual pedagogies and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. 

Participants will receive a private Zoom link from library staff to join the day of the event:

- Please do not share your received zoom meeting invitation with others, as this is a closed meeting. Please encourage anyone interested in joining our program to register to receive their own meeting invitation and link.
- Please make sure your email address is accurate and that on the day of the event, you log onto Zoom with the username that you provide in your registration.

In registering, you understand that:
- This program will be recorded to be shared via a link with registered participants for additional viewing after the live feature, and to be uploaded to a closed platform for other library members to view at their leisure.
- Participant names and faces will not be present in the recording.

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  • Registration for this program will open on Friday, March 11 at 12 p.m. and will close 24 hours in advance.

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