We are committed to cultivating an environment where all members of the Shipley community are engaged, feel respected and valued, grow as individuals, strive for excellence, and have the opportunity to do their best work. We honor and value all differences and are committed to being a safe and inclusive environment for all people.
At Shipley, we believe in social justice and equity for all people. We value the basic rights of people and are committed to loving, respecting and honoring life. Over the past few years, Gender Sexuality Diversity (GSD) has been an important topic of conversation in our society and Shipley has taken a stance to ensure the safety and rights of our students. We created a policy regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students during the 2015-16 school year and include it in our Handbooks (included below). Shipley has also established unisex bathrooms in the lower, middle and upper school campuses for colleagues, students, their families and visitors to use at their discretion.
Pronoun Usage at Shipley
What Are Personal Gender Pronouns?
A personal gender pronoun (PGP) is a word that an individual uses in order to describe themselves. Normalizing the practice of sharing one’s pronouns (for example: she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/hir) and titles (for example: Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Mx.) helps to foster an inclusive environment for intersex, transgender, and non-binary people.
Why are Pronouns important at Shipley?
At Shipley, we believe in celebrating and respecting everyone’s identity. You may have noticed that people are sharing their pronouns in introductions, on name tags, and at the beginning of meetings. This gives everyone in the room the opportunity to self-identify (if they wish to do so) instead of having others assume a person’s personal gender pronouns. This is a first step toward respecting people’s identity and creating a more welcoming space for people of all genders.
Why is it Important to Not Assume Someone’s Pronouns?
We do not want to assume people’s personal pronouns based on expression (typically shown through clothing, hairstyle, mannerisms, name, etc.) By providing an opportunity for people to share their pronouns, you’re showing that you’re not assuming that their pronouns are based on their appearance.