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Best Practices in the Classroom

Currently, the class lists you receive may have incomplete information concerning the names and pronouns students use to identify themselves. Reading names aloud or ascribing gender based on those lists risks an egregious form of disrespect.

Here are a few easy classroom best practices to help welcome all students to programs and courses:

  1. Send a quick email to all students in advance of the first day of class with more or less this message: "The list of names I receive from the Registrar may or may not indicate the name you prefer to be called, or the pronouns you use to identify yourself. I'm grateful to hear from you in advance if there is any clarification you can offer regarding your name and your pronoun use."
  2. On the first day of class, don't call names aloud from registration sheets. One alternative: pass around a sign-in sheet that lists only LIN numbers copied from the course roster. Tip: list LIN numbers in ascending order and remind students to double-check that the LIN is correct. You might also ask students to complete an informational notecard where, in addition to other information, they write the name and pronouns they'd like to use in class.
  3. Introduce yourself and indicate which pronouns you use to identify yourself. Mention that it is important to say this aloud because it is easy for people to make assumptions about gender that prove to be false, especially given the social context today in which we have in the same room people who have only ever thought of gender as binary, and other people who understand gender to be complex and non-binary. Many people identify with the gender-neutral pronoun "they" and use it in the first person, where others use the gendered pronouns "he" and "she." All are accepted uses at the University.
  4. Invite students to share their pronouns as well. Doing so on the first day of class can avoid confusion or disrespect later on. Doing so also sends a strong signal of welcome and support. Inviting is probably better than insisting, because it is possible that some students might not want to draw attention to their gender or pronoun use.

Adapted from Evergreen College

Additional Classroom Resources

University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: Creating Inclusive College Classrooms

College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty Guide to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Classroom

College of Business and Economics Faculty Guide to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Classroom 

College of Education's Faculty Guide to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Classroom 

College of Engineering's Faculty Guide to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in the Classroom

Lehigh University 2019-2020 TA Guide to Gender, Sex & Sexuality in the Classroom

Faculty & Staff Pride Network

Logo for the Lehigh Faculty & Staff Pride Network


The Faculty/Staff Pride Network (FSPN) is a place of support for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff as well as allies and advocates who are interested in fostering and sustaining a welcoming and affirming climate on campus for LGBTQ+ people. Learn more about our upcoming events by signing up for our listserv (first log into your Lehigh email). For assistance with this process, email pridecenter@lehigh.edu

All are welcome!

The Pride Network also manages the Out List, a public-facing listing of LGBTQ+ faculty and staff at Lehigh. 

The Pride Network is committed to:
  • Sponsoring, hosting and supporting LGBTQ+ events on and off campus
  • Supporting the Pride Center for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and the various LGBTQ+ student groups
  • Connecting LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff to students through mentorship opportunities
  • Meeting with LGBTQ+ candidates during faculty and staff hiring
  • Coordinating with the Lehigh Alumni Pride Association (LAPA)

If you are a faculty or staff member who would like to join, sign up for the listserv by visiting https://groups.google.com/a/lehigh.edu/forum/#!forum/fspn-list/join. Additionally, if you have any questions about the group or suggestions for activities, please don't hesitate to contact one of the co-chairs:

Andrew Dorriere

Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs




University Center, B008c


Olivia Landry

Assistant Professor of German

She researches and teaches all things related to contemporary German culture, including queer and trans film and theater.




Williams Hall Room 485


Pride Faculty Council

Pride Faculty Council

We recognize the importance of Lehigh's mission to create a culture of inclusive excellence, creative expression & innovation.  In order to do this, we aim to promote a culture at Lehigh that celebrates the complexity of the LGBTQ+ identities and gender- & sexuality-related inquiry by supporting the Pride Center's work through advocacy, research,  on-campus & off-campus community partnerships and curricular connections.

Council Members:

Ann Fink, Sirry Alang, Mary Foltz, Jeffrey Heflin, Nic Johnson, Olivia Landry, Monica Najar, Steven Sametz, Steven Savino, Emily Weissbourd

Resources for Community Engagement