We are pleased to post another letter in support of our diversity office, this one from the American Sociological Association.
See the letter sent to State Senator Gresham by the Society for the Study of Social Problems in support of our diversity office.
Our chapter sent an open letter to Dr. Dipietro urging him to resist legislative pressure to outsource university services on February 12th.
On Wednesday, November 18th, our chapter held a roundtable discussion on legislative pressure on faculty expression. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended and productive. Much of it centered on name and pronoun accomodation in our classes and the chilling effect of comments by Tennessee legislators on our campus discussion of this issue. This included the censorship (removal from UT website without the author's permission) of thoughtful suggestions for faculty on inclusive practice. To see these censored comments go here.
Based on these discussions and the desire to make UT an inclusive, welcoming institution for all, the chapter encourages faculty to include something like the following in your syllabi:
"Name and Pronoun Accommodations
If you use a name and/or pronouns other than what is in BlackBoard/Banner, please email me with the name and/or pronouns that you would like me to use and I will be glad to accommodate this request."