New website at ECU to promote more inclusive environment

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) ECU is rolling out a new website that would allow students and staff to change their preferred gender pronouns along with updating their preferred first name.

After two and a half years, the website went live on Monday.

“If I choose to go in and make those changes then they are going to show up on different platforms, which hopefully will make beginning experiences in the classroom and working in a study group more welcoming and inclusive of me,” said Mark Rasdorf, Senior Associate Director for the LGBTQ Center at ECU.

This website comes as a continued effort to promote a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment on campus.

Around 100 different members of the ECU community have already changed their information.

As soon as someone makes the change, the new information is automatically updated in the system.

Their preferred first name would be displayed in locations like the ECU Directory, ECU Email, or on Degree Works.

“There are still going to be places where the legal name is required to appear in a lot of financial documentation, or official record-keeping,” said Rasdorf.

Faculty members working on the project say they hope it helps students confidence and ensures them ECU’s campus is a safe environment.

“We want everyone to feel like they can come and be in their classroom. They’re here to study. They’re here to learn,” said Angela Anderson, Acting Vice Provost for Academic Success. “So we want them to feel comfortable and confident and not have to overcome something else as a stumbling block along the way.”

The university does not mandate a preferred first name.

To visit the website, click here.

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