Personal Pronouns in Canvas

Personal Pronouns in Canvas

All users can add personal pronouns to their Canvas user account. Someone's personal pronouns may be different from what others initially presume. Sharing your pronouns and asking people's pronouns is a valuable practice that shows respect for the people with whom you interact.


Setting Your Personal Pronouns

Open User Settings by selecting the Account link [1] on the Global Navigation Menu and then selecting the Settings link [2].

Once set, personal pronouns will be displayed after your name in various areas in Canvas including:

  • Assignment Peer Review
  • Comment Fields
  • Discussions
  • Inbox
  • People Page
  • SpeedGrader
  • Student Context Card
  • User Navigation Menu
  • User Profile
  • User Settings
Canvas Profile Settings


Select the Edit Settings button to edit your settings. Depending on your screen size, this may be at the right of your profile screen or at the bottom of the screen.

Canvas Profile Edit Settings


Select your preferred personal pronouns in the Pronouns drop-down menu.



Canvas Pronouns Selection Menu



Select the Update Settings button to save your updated settings.

Canvas Update Settings Button


You can view your personal pronouns in your User Settings. Your personal pronouns will now appear next to your name in areas throughout canvas.

Canvas Profile Settings with Pronouns


For further assistance, UO Online & Canvas Support is available.

  • In-person: Room 68 PLC
  • By phone: (541) 346-1942
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  • Submit a Service Portal Ticket by clicking the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation Menu in Canvas.