Source: Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University
Great resource for creating a more inclusive classroom. “In recent years, students on campuses across the country have become increasingly vocal in resisting binary thinking with respect to gender identity and expression. In an editorial that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Schmalz (2015) interviewed a dozen students who self-identified as gender non-conforming and found a great amount of anxiety and frustration. Several students expressed their fear of instructors and staff misgendering them or committing other indiscretions. They described their anxiety about being “outed” by professors in their classes and being forced to “come out” every semester when they must talk with faculty about their preferred names or pronouns. One student shared, “Every day it’s scary to just be in class, not knowing what people are going to say” (Schmalz 2015).”
Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching is a great resource! Their teaching guides (like the one linked above) are openly licensed: “This teaching guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.