LGBTQIA+

We're Here to Support You

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) staff work to prepare and empower culturally-responsive leaders who will be what tomorrow needs. The staff actively encourages the intellectual, social, and professional growth of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA+) students by providing a wide range of support services.

Our services include:

  • academic support (outreach, referrals for on-campus resources);
  • community building and peer support;
  • career/professional assistance (networking opportunities with corporate recruiters, cover letter and résumé review);
  • leadership development opportunities (CDI Student Leaders Retreats, LeaderShape, and HuskyLEAD);
  • personal development;
  • workshops and events; and
  • cultural competency.

LGBTQIA+ programming at Michigan Tech is coordinated by student members of Keweenaw Pride (KP) andBabes in Music, all LGBTQIA+ student organizations on campus. Some LGBTQIA+ programming events:

  • National Coming Out Day,
  • LGBTQIA+ History Month,
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance,
  • World AIDS Day,
  • Pride Week, and
  • Percy Julian Graduation Reception

LGBTQIA+ Resources

 

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Pronouns

Gender neutral/gender inclusive pronouns are pronouns that have no indication of gender. The gender binary is a model of gender that classifies all people into one of two opposing genders. Under this artificial division, gender is seen as a rigid binary option (female or male). Although binary genders are valid identities, gender neutral/gender inclusive pronouns allow for flexibility in identity beyond that of just female or male. Some people find that traditional gender pronouns (she/her/hers, he/him/his) are not accurate to their gender identity. Transgender, genderqueer, and other gender non-binary individuals may use gender neutral/gender inclusive pronouns to identify themselves.

Gender Pronoun Forms

Male He Him His His Himself
Female She Her Her Hers Herself
Gender neutral They Them Their Theirs Theirself
Gender neutral Ze Hir Hir Hirs Hirself
  Subject Object Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun Reflexive

Pronunciation of Gender Neutral/Gender Inclusive Pronoun

Pronoun Ze Hir Hirs Hirself
Pronunciation zee here heres hereself

Examples in Use

Singular They Gender Neutral/Inclusive
They attend Michigan Tech. Ze attends Michigan Tech.
I saw them near the husky statue. I saw hir near the husky statue.
Their major is Exercise Science. Hir major is Exercise Science.
That book is theirs. That book is hirs.
They like themselves. Ze likes hirself.

Learn More About Gender and Pronouns