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UC's New Gender Pronoun and Lived Name Policy

November 18, 2020

The University of California has new, systemwide gender identity and name options for UC-issued documents and information systems, it said Tuesday. The university system “continues to fully embrace diversity in our country,” said President Michael V. Drake, announcing the new policy. John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents, said as the state’s third-largest employer, “UC’s recognition of nonbinary gender identities and lived names supports broader transgender rights, which has been a long time coming for California and the nation.”

University students, employees, alumni, retirees, vendors, medical center patients and others may now choose from man, woman or nonbinary gender identification options on official documents. They may also choose a lived name, or preferred name, that differs from their legal name, as a default for all documents. The legal name will be kept confidential and not published.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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