Resources for Sex and Gender Inclusivity in Biology

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Resources for building diverse examples into biology courses:

Resources for addressing sex and gender in biology courses:

Resources for making biology courses more welcoming and inclusive for sex and gender diverse students:

Non biology-specific resources for making the classroom more welcoming and inclusive for sex and gender diverse students:

Some practical tips:

Apologizing after misgendering someone/using the wrong pronouns:
  • Correct yourself, apologize, move on.
  • Don’t make it about yourself, center the harm/person who was harmed.
  • Don’t put the person who was harmed in a position where they have to comfort you, or where
    they feel they are inconveniencing you.
  • Don’t comment on “how hard it is to get it right” or anything of the sort.
  • Avoid repeating the mistake.
Respectfully asking for someone’s pronouns:
  • Introduce yourself and share your pronouns first.
  • Most likely, the other person will also share their pronouns.
  • If this is not the case, you can ask “What pronouns should I use to refer to you?”
  • Make it clear you just want to be respectful.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender based on how someone looks.
  • Don’t only ask people whose gender you’re confused about for their pronouns, ask everyone. This way, we avoid:
    • Accidentally misgendering someone;
    • Singling out people whose gender expression is non-conforming.

Resource list curated by Nafeesa Alibhai, Kenzie Arnott, Pam Kalas, and Lucía A. Quesada-Ramirez,

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