Honoring Names: A Simple Way to Promote Belonging



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Learn how to properly pronounce and honor the assigned or preferred names of your students and colleagues.


When you pronounce names incorrectly, you have an impact. People with non-Anglo or non-European names, which are perceived as being more difficult to pronounce, may feel anxious and excluded. When power dynamics are at play, students and perhaps even those you supervise, advise, or teach often avoid the conflict and resist making corrections or discussing the issue, which may leave them feeling as if they matter less.   

Join us for a training to learn simple strategies for honoring the names of all those you encounter. We will discuss a brief history and negative impact that mispronouncing names has on people–international students and individuals who are given names that are not common in North America. You will be provided with easy-to-use tools and strategies that will help you learn and retain the correct pronunciation of names. If you’re interested in creating a more inclusive environment by preventing and/or repairing harm to your students and colleagues, this training is for you. 


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for any/all higher education professionals, including faculty, academic advisors, student success/student affairs personnel, etc., who want to learn a simple strategy for retaining the proper name pronunciation will benefit from this training. 


September 14, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern


Impact of Dishonoring Names

We’ll begin the training with a brief history of the impact dishonoring names has had on students and colleagues with non-Anglo or non-European names. Specifically, we’ll address the implications that dishonoring names can have in current practices such as job applications, classroom settings, misgendering, and ceremonial events. 



Best Practices for Honoring Names

You’ll be introduced to simple and easy-to-use techniques that allow you to learn and retain the proper pronunciation of names. We’ll also address ways to repair harm if names are mispronounced.   


Professional portrait of Zaragosa “Mito” Diaz-Espinoza

Zaragosa “Mito” Diaz-Espinoza, Ph.D.

Case Coordinator, Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office, Baylor University

In his current role, Mito assists individuals through the reporting and resolution processes while serving as a support resource. He has worked in various areas of higher education including admissions, academic advising, diversity programs, leadership, and civic engagement. Mito is a dynamic presenter with experience on topics specific to first-generation college students; experiences of Latina/o/x students; diversity, equity, and inclusion topics; and masculinity issues.  

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