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CAS graduate student creates welcoming classroom by using preferred pronouns

GRADS@WORK The first day of class can be anxiety producing, perhaps especially in a class focused on public speaking. CAS graduate student Rachael Bishop works to make students feel valued and comfortable in her classroom by learning and respecting their preferred pronouns. For this work, Rachael was recently featured in an article in The Daily Collegian. In the article, Rachael states, “I ask students for their preferred pronouns and preferred name so that I can talk with them, and their classmates can talk with them, in a way that validates their identity.” We thank Rachael for making students feel welcome in her sections of public speaking. Read more of the article here. Outside of teaching CAS 100a, Rachael studies interpersonal communication, and her research focuses on communication surrounding stigma and how to support people who feel various stigmas.

GRADS@WORK

The first day of class can be anxiety producing, perhaps especially in a class focused on public speaking. CAS graduate student Rachael Bishop works to make students feel valued and comfortable in her classroom by learning and respecting their preferred pronouns. For this work, Rachael was recently featured in an article in The Daily Collegian. In the article, Rachael states, “I ask students for their preferred pronouns and preferred name so that I can talk with them, and their classmates can talk with them, in a way that validates their identity.” We thank Rachael for making students feel welcome in her sections of public speaking. Read more of the article here.

Outside of teaching CAS 100a, Rachael studies interpersonal communication, and her research focuses on communication surrounding stigma and how to support people who feel various stigmas.