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Students can opt to identify preferred name, pronouns, gender on JagWire

Students can opt to identify preferred name, pronouns, gender on JagWire - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

File Photo: The front view of the Central Academic Building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio Oct. 17, 2019. Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-San Antonio Flickr

Students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be able to choose their preferred name, pronouns and gender identification on JagWire as of May 11. 

“The purpose of this policy is to use names other than their legal names to identify themselves regardless of whether they’ve legally changed their names, and to identify their personal pronouns and identity,”  Ester Woodbury, assistant register, told the Faculty Senate on May 7.

To update their personal information, students should log in to JagWire, click on Student Services and go to the Student Resources block. 

According to the office of the registrar’s website, student’s pronouns will be available to advisers, faculty and other university employees.

Students’ preferred names will be included in class rosters, grade rosters and graduation announcements. The registrar’s office is working with Information Technology Services to have the preferences reflected on Blackboard, Woodbury said.

Students who indicated their preferred name upon applying to the university do not have to take these steps in JagWire. 

Students can contact the registrar’s office for help updating their JagWire profile at

“This has been a long time coming,” said Joseph Simpson, Faculty Senate president and associate professor of sociology. “I’m glad to see that this is moving forward.”

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Veronica Valdes is a senior communication major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is Editor-in-Chief at The Mesquite. She graduated from Northwest Vista College in 2018. The West Texas native traded in her hometown’s sand dunes for San Antonio’s city lights. Veronica now dedicates her spare time to explore every nook and cranny the city has to offer; she enjoys trying unique restaurants and loves live music. Veronica plans on pursuing a career in journalism upon graduating.

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