Name of proposer:
Skye Golding and Lily Aarons
What the idea is about:
During staff training events there should be a short, compulsory tutorial on the difference between biological sex, gender identity and gender presentation. This should include examples of when and where the uses of certain terms are appropriate, in order to be more sensitive and inclusive of students who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Why have you proposed it?:
There have been several instances in which trans* identifying students have felt marginalised and sidelined in lectures and seminars and have felt unable to speak up. Issues surrounding gender identity can be complex, but a small thing such as the correct use of terminology can make people feel much more comfortable and included.