Brightspace provides students, faculty, and staff the ability to specify their pronouns in their user profiles. Brightspace user profiles are visible to anyone who shares a course with a particular user, including students, instructors, teaching assistants, staff, librarians, and Brightspace administrators.

For more information about pronoun use, visit the Guide to Pronoun Use from the Student Experience Office.

NOTE: Brightspace users who choose to indicate their pronouns on Brightspace should know that those pronouns may become widely known across Brightspace and used in the Carleton community.

To indicate pronouns in your Brightspace profile:

  1. Log in to  Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne  credentials. 
  2. Click your personal menu, where your name appears at the top right of the pageA drop-down menu will appear with various profile settings.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Account Settings 
  4. Under Pronouns, check the box for Allow others to see my pronouns
  5. Configure your pronouns settings as desired
  6. Click Save and Close at the bottom of the page. Your pronouns will now be available to all users in Brightspace.

As a user in Brightspace, you can view the pronouns of another Brightspace user by hovering the cursor on the user icon next to their name wherever that icon appears. For a visual of the user icon, see the screen image below.

When a user hovers their cursor over top of another user’s icon, a profile card appears. The profile card indicates the user’s indicated pronouns, if any have been entered. See the screen image below for a visual of the profile card and location of the pronouns.

Faculty and staff who want to learn more about pronoun usage and other gender identity and LGBTQ topics are encouraged to reach out to the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC): equity@carleton.ca.

Additionally, students who wish to change their displayed first name in Brightspace can do so by changing their preferred name through the Office of the University Registrar. Brightspace automatically uses preferred names, as recorded in Carleton Central for the Registrar. See also the Trans and Non-Binary Resources page for more information.

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