Canvas - How to Configure Your Account's Personal Pronouns

This document explains how users within the University of Wisconsin System (except for UW-Madison) can configure personal pronouns for their Canvas user accounts. This document also answers frequently asked questions about pronoun use in Canvas.

Pronouns in Canvas

Canvas offers users a gender pronouns selection option. This option can be used to indicate how you would like to be referred to in class, in online discussions, and anywhere else Canvas displays your name. 

If you opt in to this system, your name will now show up as Name (pronouns) wherever your name displays - e.g. Vic Herbert (They/Them).

What pronouns can I choose from?

The Canvas system is currently limited to pre-configured options and does not offer a write-in option. You can choose from the following:

  • None
  • Any pronouns
  • Use my name
  • Ask me privately
  • Ae/aer
  • Ey/em
  • He/him
  • He or they
  • Per/pers
  • She/her
  • She or they
  • They/Them
  • Ve/ver
  • Xe/xem
  • Ze/hir
  • Zie/zir

The following table provides some examples of how to pronounce and utilize various pronouns in different parts of speech.

Pronouns Pronunciation Subjective Objective Possessive Adjective Possessive Pronoun
Ae/aer/aers/aerself Ay/air/airs Ae wrote I like aer Aer assignment is submitted That seat is aers Ae loves aerself
Ey/em/eir/emself Ey/em/air Ey wrote I like em Eir assignment is submitted That seat is eirs Ey loves emself
Per/pers/perself Pur, purs Per wrote I like pers Pers assignment is submitted That seat is pers Per loves perself
They/Them/Their/Themselves They/them/their They wrote I like them Their assignment is submitted That seat is theirs They love themselves
Ve/ver/vers/verself Vee/vair/vairs Ve wrote I like ver Ver assignment is submitted That seat is vers Ve loves verself
Xe/xem/xyrs/xyrself Zee/zem/zeers Xe wrote I like xem Xyrs assignment is submitted That seat is xyrs Xe loves xyrself
Ze/hir/hirs/hirself Zee/heer/heers Ze wrote I like hir Hir assignment is submitted That seat is hirs Ze loves hirself
Zie/zir/zirs/zirself Zee/zeer/zeers Zie wrote I like zir Zir assignment is submitted That seat is zirs Zie loves zirself

How do I change my pronouns in Canvas?

To choose, change, or remove your pronouns:

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Select Account (your profile icon).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Edit.
  5. Choose an option from the drop-down menu.
  6. Select Update Settings to save.

Screen Shot - Pronouns Selector Menu

For more detailed instructions, please see How do I select personal pronouns in my user account as a student? from the Canvas Student Guide, or How do I select personal pronouns in my user account as an instructor? from the Canvas Instructor Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where else will my pronouns display?

The Canvas pronouns function will display anywhere your name displays in Canvas. This includes previous semesters’ online discussion posts, and screenshots of Canvas content, which may still be visible to your previous instructors and classmates. Your pronouns will auto-update in every Canvas location whenever you change your pronouns in the system.

Where won't my pronouns display?

The pronouns you select to display in Canvas will only display in Canvas. Your pronouns configured in Canvas will not necessarily display in your other campus systems and changes in those systems will not impact your account’s configured pronouns in Canvas.

Why are some pronouns on the list and not others?

Digital Learning Environment administrators consulted with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion staff at each UW System campus to establish the list of options available to DLE users. This list also includes options available to UW-Madison users and those drawn from similar lists at other institutions. Given the restraints of Canvas and the usability of screen readers with drop-down lists, we have restricted the list to its current form, but plan to regularly audit this configuration to better serve DLE users.

Where can I find my campus policy for name and pronoun use?

Policies for name and pronoun use vary by institution. If you have any questions about your institution’s policies, please reach out to your local staff, listed by campus in the directory linked below.

UW System LGBTQ+ Contacts & Resources Directory

Where can I get technical support for the Canvas pronouns tool?

If you would like technical assistance with Canvas, please contact Canvas Support, available 24/7, via the Help menu in Canvas. Support options include chat, an email form, and phone.

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Keywordscanvas, account, pronouns, profile, gender, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, EDIBDoc ID109399
OwnerMichael M.GroupUWSA DLE
Created2021-02-25 17:20:43Updated2024-02-26 11:37:00
SitesUW Green Bay, UW Parkside, UW Stout, UW Superior, UW System Administration DLE, UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
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