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Three final candidates for CDEIO visit campus

The search committee describes process of narrowing down candidates for Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO)

Laura Haley

Maggie Dougherty

News Editors

In August, President Bolton sent a campus wide email explaining that the search process would begin to fill a new position: the College’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). On the expectations of the position, Bolton clarified that the CDEIO will aim to create a vision for a diversified and fair campus and will be involved in making all decisions of the College. Furthermore, this individual will build and lead the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout the campus community. The CDEIO will also be tasked with the role of recruiting diverse staff and providing cultural competency training for employees.

On track with the projected timeline, the three final candidates have visited campus and taken part in open interviews with members of the campus community, including the general student body, student leaders, faculty and staff. In regard to the purpose of the meetings, Bolton stated, “We hope that the campus visits allow each candidate to meet many members of the Wooster community, which they will find inspiring.” During these events the campus community had the opportunity to meet the finalists, learn about their professional experience and share their feedback on how the candidates would contribute to making Wooster a more diverse, inclusive and equitable community. At the conclusion of each open interview, an anonymous survey was sent to the campus community in order to obtain feedback from faculty, staff and students.

The search attracted a pool of over forty candidates. The three finalists include: Dr. Alison Williams, Dr. Ivonne Garcia and Dr. Tayo Clyburn. 

Currently working as the associate provost for diversity and intercultural education at Denison University, Dr. Williams was the first of the three candidates to come to campus. Dr. Williams’ work includes enhancing the experience and recruitment of faculty from underrepresented groups, maintaining relationships with LGBT groups and the development of opportunities for diversity education and inclusive work environments. 

Dr. Garcia, the second candidate to visit the College campus, is currently a William P. Rice associate professor of English and literature at Kenyon College and previously served as Kenyon’s inaugural associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion. Moreover, Garcia has experience with implementing programs to foster diversity, and provide support to underrepresented students and has established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kenyon. 

Dr. Clyburn, the final candidate to visit campus, is currently the executive director for mission and strategic partnerships in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. Dr. Clyburn’s work focuses on overseeing The Ohio State University’s diversity action planning process, researched resources and programs LGBTQ students need to succeed. Dr. Clyburn was also an associate editor of race/ethnicity: multidisciplinary global contexts which aimed to instill a space where individuals could discuss topics of global significance. 

 “The search process started with developing a search committee of students, staff and faculty who would lead the search,” stated Bolton. We also chose a search consultant to partner with us in helping to find candidates across the country who have the broad leadership experience needed for this role, and to talk with them about Wooster.” 

The search committee, chaired by President Bolton, includes representatives of various groups and departments on campus that would be particularly impacted by the CDEIO decision, as well as Board of Trustees member Jilliene Johnson. For example, Associate Vice President for Human Resources Marcia Beasley and Title IX Coordinator/Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Lori Makin-Byrd were both included on the search committee. Likewise, Dean for Faculty Development Peter Mowrey, Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity, Inclusion, Compliance and Internal Management Ashley Reid and Associate Dean for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion Shadra Smith represented other areas of the campus community. 

Four professors were also included to give input on the decision: Associate Professor of Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies/Sociology & Anthropology Christa Craven, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History Joan Friedman, Associate Professor of Spanish Rikki Palmer and Associate Professor of History Shannon King. 

 Additionally, three students, Gargi Mishra ’20, Maryoti Sosa ’20 and D’Khorvillyn Tyus ’19, were included on the search committee. These students participated in all aspects of the search, including providing input for the initial candidate selection, visiting Cleveland to interview candidates and narrowing down the pool to the final three candidates. Along with the rest of the student body, these students were invited to participate through anonymous feedback regarding the creation of the position, as well as attending open meetings and open interviews with the finalists during their visit sto campus. 

Discussing her role in the selection process, Sosa stated, “I’ve been involved throughout the whole process, from selecting the first pool of candidates, to voting on the semi-finalists and finalists. I’ve had the opportunity to review the profiles and applications of candidates, participate in the selection and ask questions during the semi-finalists … [and] finalists interviews in Wooster.”  Regarding the role the CDEIO will have, Tyus stated, “I believe based on our conversations within the committee, a large focus for the CDEIO will be faculty and staff and making sure they are supported on campus.” Tyus further stated, “While I believe the CDEIO will more so be focused on faculty and staff, I believe the CDEIO will be a resource for students to utilize when a bias incident occurs and they may be unsure on the correct way to address it or simply want to know what the college is planning to do about it.”

One of the ways the CDEIO will aid students and faculty will be through their handling bias incidents. For example, according to the College’s leadership profile, Makin-Byrd, to “ensure that non-discrimination policies and processes for responding to bias incidents and reports of discrimination are accessible and effective and meet best practices as those evolve.”  

In regard to her expectations for the CDEIO, Makin-Byrd stated, “I think it’d be helpful to have someone who understands policy (including the crafting of policy), who is approachable by all constituents, who is ready to think about how we address complaints (and how we understand College culture and climate) and who is willing to be a partner in thinking critically about the intersections of identities and the various ways in which individuals may be marginalized.” Furthermore, even though the CDEIO will work with the Title IX office, Makin-Byrd clarified that she will “still be the primary person responsible for all gender-based equity policy, procedures, climate and complaints.” 

 “I’m hopeful that the CDEIO and myself can serve as partners and consultants to each other, working together to maximize equity in all areas of the College,” stated Makin-Byrd. “I’m also excited about the possibility of adding another individual to the already existing team of professionals that address bias incidents and increasing the knowledge base and diversity of experience in that team.”  

Furthermore, the CDEIO will work to guarantee that all students have a positive, equitable and inclusive campus experience. To ensure this, the CDEIO will work with the  Center for Diversity and Inclusion staff, the Division of Student Affairs and the Provost’s team. On his hopes for the CDEIO, Director of Civic and Social Responsibility Nate Addington stated, “My expectations are that we find a candidate that can champion our push for equity both on campus, and selfishly, in the community. I see those two as extremely interdependent. I also hope that we select a person who carries with them a broad understanding of diversity that takes into account factors such as ability and socioeconomic status.”

(Photos from left to right: from, from and courtesy Dr. Clyburn). 

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Be good for goodness’ sake this season

If you’re like me, the second after Thanksgiving ends a switch gets pulled. A switch that plays Christmas music even when you’re not actually listening to Christmas music. Sometimes you hear obscure songs like Gayla Peeve’s “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas,” or Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Good King Wenceslas,” but lately the songs in my head have been a bit more conventional. I say songs, plural, but I really mean song, singular, because I have had “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” stuck in my head for weeks. Normally that would be fine; everyone gets songs stuck in their head, but I only hear one line, “be good for goodness sake,” repeated over and over again ad nauseum. Despite my constant efforts to erase this song from my mind, I just keep thinking about it. The line has become my own little Christmas Koan. 

For now I’m not so concerned with being good for goodness’ sake, though proper motivation is a very serious concern, but what I would like to share is how to just be good. The short answer is doing good things. You might ask “what do those include?” Well, as a member of Effective Altruism (EA) I feel acutely qualified to answer the question. Our goal in EA is to help the most amount of people as best we can, so this holiday season I challenge you to not just be good but be exceedingly, effectively good. 

An excellent resource to help you do the most good as efficiently as possible is Give Well. Give Well is a nonprofit dedicated to making your donation dollars go further. Instead of throwing your money down the sketchy philanthropy well, Give Well’s recommended charities have been specially chosen.  All of them are the perfect combination of underfunded and effective to make your donations count. Some of the charities on their list include, the Malaria Consortium, Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative and Helen Keller International. Worthy organizations like those, as well as more, can be found on the Give Well website. By donating to your choice of Give Well approved charities, you can make a real difference.

If you want to understand the material impact of your donation, check out The Life You Can Save. Their website has a charity impact calculator that allows you to see just where your money is going. For example, a donation of just $37 USD can provide 18 bed nets to people living in malaria-affected areas protecting approximately 33 three- and four-year-old children from malaria, deworm 74  children or provide safe drinking water to 29 members of a community for a year. Imagine the cumulative effect of every student and their families at the College giving for the holidays. Even one person’s small donation to a Give Well recommended charity can do a lot of good for a lot of people because of their recommendation criteria. Any charity advertised by them is cost effective, has evidence of effectiveness and is transparent, making sure your donation gets to the people that need it and is never wasted.

Donating money is not the only way to do good, but it is an effective start to  making a positive impact on a world that desperately needs it.

Case Van Stolk, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at

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Swimmers compete at Wooster Invitational

Saeed Husain

Sports Editor

The Fighting Scots Swimming and Diving teams hosted their largest event of the year this past week over the course of three days.  The annual meet was held from Thursday, Nov. 29, to Saturday, Dec. 1, with 12 teams participating. Events, as customary, were held at both Wooster High School (swimming), and the Timken Natatorium (diving). 

The men placed fourth all three days of the competition, while the women moved from fourth on the first day to third on the second, ultimately finishing second in the Invitational. The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Spartans dominated the competition on both the men’s and women’s side, receiving a total of 2025 and 2163 points respectively. 

Day 1

With the opening night featuring all swimming events, the teams headed out to the Wooster High School, competing at the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium. 

In the marquee event of the night, Cameron Gelwicks ’19 and Nell Kacmarek ’20 won the men’s and women’s 500-meter freestyle respectively. Gelwicks was just shy of his program record during the preliminary heats for the 500, coming short by two seconds. Clocking in at 4:38.58, he earned the top time for the finals. In the evening session, Gelwicks came in at a similar 4:39.54.

After finishing second in the prelims with a time of 5:16.08, Kacmarek cut three seconds off to get the win at 5:13.26.

Ryan Campbell ’19 and Emma Fikse ’19 brought in the bulk of Wooster’s non-relay scoring, with both competing, and qualifying for the championship heat in the 500-meter freestyle. Campbell missed his personal best by just two seconds with a time of 4:42.76, placing fourth. Fikse grabbed the third spot, clocking in at 5:14.49.

The 400-meter medley delivered a strong performance by the Scots, with both of the women’s teams finishing within the top nine. Coming in at fourth place for Wooster were Hannah Langer ’21, Molly Likins ’22, Anne Bowers ’21 and Fikse, who finished in 4:01.78. Mia Chen ’22, Madison Whitman ’21, Annabelle Hopkins ’19 and Kate Murphy ’21 came in at ninth with a time of 4:06.33. Earlier, Brooke Brown ’21 opened the meet alongside the trio of Fikse, Likins and Murphy in the 200-meter freestyle relay, placing seventh with a time of 1:39.84.

For the men in the 200-meter freestyle relay, the quartet of Trey Schopen ’20, Gelwicks, Burke Poeting ’19 and Campbell came in at 1:25.61, which earned them fifth-place in the “A” relays. Schopen and Gelwicks capped the night, while Josh Gluck ’21 and Craig Klumpp ’21 were in the 400-meter medley relay that recoded a time of 3:30.94.

Amongst other top-16 individual swims for the Scots included the performance by Kera Sells ’21, where she placed 15th in the 500-meter freestyle, with a time of 5:28.49. 

Sells, commenting on her performance, said that she feels closer to the goals she had set for herself at the beginning of the semester. 

“My personal experience at the meet tells me that I’m getting closer to my goal times, and once we get to our big conference meet (NCAC Championships in Granville, Ohio, from Feb. 13 to 16) I’ll be seeded really well in my events and I believe that I can make my goal times that I set at the beginning of the season,” she said. 

By the end of the night, Wooster stood at fourth-place in both the men’s and women’s standings. The Fighting Scots took 259 and 241.5 points respectively. The CWRU Spartans led the pack with 528 points on the men’s side, and 579.5 points on the women’s side.

Day 2

Three school records being broken and an NCAA D3 “B” cut headlined the Scot’s performance at day two of the Wooster Invitational. 

Likins was successful in breaking a 20-year-old Wooster record in the 100-meter breast, clocking in at a time of 1:05.06. However, Likins still had to settle for second place, with Edinboro University’s Yana Miletska ’20 coming in first at 1:04.30.

Two school records were broken by Schopen in the 100-meter butterfly, and the 100-meter backstroke. The junior placed second in the butterfly, with a time of 49.02, while he took the blue ribbon in the backstroke, clocking in at a time of 50.40. 

Kalla Sturonas ’19, touted to be the team’s butterfly specialist, finished third place in the 100-meter butterfly, with a time of 59.15. She also placed third clocking in at 1:47.61, with the group of Likins, Murphy, herself and Brown in the 200-meter medley relay.

Day 3

The final day saw the Scots placed fourth in the men’s with 693 points, and second in the women’s 745.5 points. 

The women came out with full flair in the distance race, as Kacmarek and Fikse kept the first two spots black and gold in the 1650-meter freestyle, finishing with times of 17:52.35, and 17:59.66 respectively.

In the 100-meter individual-medley (IM) at a time of 1:02.42, Brown came in at first place. Hopkins and Likins did not finish far behind with 1:04.97 and 1:05.03, to get the fourth and fifth spots. 

Likins was also in the 200-meter breaststroke, where with a time of 2:23.45, she finished second. In the same event, Whitman placed eighth, clocking in at 2:29.71.

Two Scots came in the top six for the 200-meter fly, with Bowers second with 2:14.13, and Sturonas sixth at 2:15.92.

To seal the women’s events, the 400-meter free relay quartet of Fikse, Brown, Kacmarek and Murphy came in at sixth place with a time of 3:39.53.

For the men on the third day, Gelwicks claimed the lone blue ribbon, when he clocked in at 46.36 in the 100-meter freestyle. Campbell placed eighth with a time of 47.43.

Gelwicks was overall pleased with how he swam in the Invitational, though he felt that his times could be improved. 

“Overall I was happy with how I swam. The times weren’t exactly what I wanted but winning all three individuals was awesome for our teams standing,” he said.

Reflecting on the team from last year, he stated that this season has been more packed from the last, which meant that he felt more tired this time around. 

“This year was definitely a change from last year, we kept up the yardage for a little longer than last year so I was a little more tired heading into the meet,” said Gelwicks. 

Klumpp, Sam Muse ’22, Wylie Greeson ’22 and Poeting claimed spots from fifth to eighth in the 100-meter IM, recording times of 56.82, 56.94, 56.95 and 57.02. Garret Layde ’19 finished fifth in the 200-meter fly with a time of 1:56.99.

To finish up the men’s events, the 400-meter free relay squad of Gelwicks, Wyatt Foss ’21, Michael Crookshanks ’19 and Campbell were fifth, clocking in at 3:09.75.

Gelwicks felt positive about the team’s performance. 

“I was happy with our teams performance. We moved up to fourth, and was just short of getting third which was huge. I think we gained a lot of confidence from the invite. Going into the last part of our season we will have the toughest meets of our schedule, but I feel like we will perform extremely well, which will set us up nicely for conference,” said Gelwicks.

The Fighting Scots return to action after winter break, when they face John Carroll University on Jan. 18, and then against Allegheny College and Ohio Wesleyan University on Jan. 19. Support your fellow Scots at the Timken Natatorium and the Wooster High School. 


(Photo from Wooster Athletics)

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Mace and pepper spray ban lifted from Scot’s Key

Claire Montgomery

Senior News Writer

The Conduct Committee of Campus Council (CC) has decided to remove the ban of pepper spray and Mace from the Scot’s Key. On page 40 of the Scot’s Key under the section, “Firearms and Other Weapons,” it reads, “Under no circumstances are other weapons or objects carried for the purpose of injuring or intimidating others permitted on College property … Other weapons or objects include … Mace/pepper spray.” This ban will now be removed. 

When asked how the issue of removing the ban came up, Dean of Students Scott Brown said, “A Campus Council member raised the question last spring, stating she and other people carried Mace/pepper spray to increase their feelings of personal safety (particularly when going on runs, etc.).” Originally, the ban of Mace and pepper spray was included because “Mace and pepper spray are designed to temporarily immobilize another person, defensively. The College has generally banned anything which may cause harm to another person,” Brown explained. He continued, “Our Code of Conduct is an expression of our community values and outlines the rights and responsibilities to be a part of this special community. It is very important and requires us to always reflect and review to make sure it does so. When we stepped back and considered the goal of the policy, it was clear that the original concerns never materialized, and we have ways of addressing them in the Code of Conduct. It is legal, and we want our students to feel safe. In that light, this was an easy item we all agreed to update.”

“This discussion began last year and was never resolved,”  said Myra Praml ’19. “It was something that Nick [Shiach ’20, co-chair of the Conduct Committee] and I really wanted to re-address. It is no secret that students carry pepper spray with them as a personal safety item. When it was time for me to move in as a first-year, my mom gave me pepper spray. This is a story that a lot of students share. We were concerned with the idea that students, knowing that possession of pepper spray/Mace was an actionable violation of the Scot’s Key, would decide to not carry these items and, as a result, feel uncomfortable and unsafe while on campus. We also noted inconsistencies; Nick and I had never heard of anyone being sanctioned for [possession] of pepper spray or Mace, yet students had undoubtedly been found with these objects before. If SPS [Security and Protective Services] is not enforcing this policy, then why does it exist? More importantly, SPS has not been enforcing this policy and there has, subsequently, been no aggressive or harmful misuse of pepper spray or Mace, meaning that strict enforcement is not necessary.” 

Additionally, Brown added, “The main issue was the potential for improper or malicious use of the pepper spray. However, in discussions with SPS, there has not been a single instance in 20 plus years of such an incident. If someone did, there are other ways under our Code of Conduct that hold a person accountable,” 

Assistant Director of Campus Access Becky Frybarger continued, “There have not historically been any issues with either of these items on campus. If there are issues, those will be addressed under a different section of the Scot’s Key.”

Shiach added, “We asked Director of SPS Steve Glick and Associate Director of SPS Joe Kirk to come to our meetings to discuss both removing the pepper spray and Mace ban and the living spaces search and entry policy … On Nov. 28, Joe Kirk made an official recommendation to Conduct Committee to remove the ban. Later that day, Campus Council voted to approve the policy change.” Shiach continued that Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Mitch Joseph will update the Scot’s Key online after the approval of the minutes on Dec. 6, making the change official. 

Commenting on the ultimate decision to lift the ban, Kirk said that he reviewed his 22 years of service in security at the College, saying that they considered “how has this ban be handled and, how many cases have [the College] had to deal with of malicious or misuse of Mace or pepper spray, as well as how [the College] address the overall safety issues for those students who feel it important to have these items. Also, there were other measures and/or policies already in place to address what was believed to be the initial reason for the ban.  Review[ing] any and all policies we have is important and to have the ability to update policies to address the needs of the community should take place, and we felt this was an issue that we could address.” 

“We want our students to feel safe, and allowing this ban to be removed could provide another avenue for that,” said Joseph. “We regularly take a look at College polices to find areas to improve the student experience, and this was one of those areas.”

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#GivingWooDays meets donation goal

Grace Montgomery

Contributing Writer

Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holidays, the day was created to inspire charitable giving for worthy causes. The College of Wooster began their fundraising campaign called #GivingWooDays on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. 

“#GivingWooDays is an opportunity for The College of Wooster community to celebrate the Wooster experience. For the past six years, the College has used Giving Tuesday as an opportunity to encourage alumni, parents and friends to make a gift to The Wooster Fund, during #GivingWooDays,” said Jean Roberts, director of annual giving for the Gault Alumni Center. 

“#GivingWooDays is a great opportunity to celebrate the donors that make the Wooster experience possible,” added Kathleen Moore, assistant director of annual giving.

For the past six years, #GivingWooDays has only been a 24 hour period of giving on Giving Tuesday. However, starting this year, the period was extended to 99 hours.

“We were able to reach our highest dollar amount given during the challenge — $422,083. Even more importantly, we were able to reach over 20,000 individuals via our social media channels and educate them about the College and the impact they can make through a gift to The Wooster Fund,” Roberts said.

According to the Wooster Alumni Community website, The Wooster Fund supports “virtually every program on campus, and therefore is a gift that benefits every student, every day.”

“Our focus this year was to educate the College community about The Wooster Fund in a way that was engaging and offered plenty of opportunities to celebrate what the Wooster experience means to each individual. We learned our Wooster community is incredibly passionate about this College and they are more than willing to share their tartan pride,” Roberts explained.

From Nov. 27-30, people could donate to The Wooster Fund for the campaign. The goal was to reach 570 donors, or one donor representing each student in the class of 2022, according to the official website. Donors could give to any of six areas of impact in The Wooster Fund: financial aid, mentored undergraduate research, faculty support, experiential learning, campus life and the area of greatest need. The area of greatest need received the most donations out of the six areas of impact.

“The Wooster Fund is budget relieving, which means the operating budget of the College is dependent on the $3.5 million from The Wooster Fund. For the majority of our donors to select ‘area of greatest need’ means they are trusting the College to use their gifts where they are most needed,” Roberts detailed.

#GivingWooDays was able to reach 671 donors, which was 117 percent  more than the 570 donor goal, according to the official website. 68 percent of the donors were alumni. 

When asked about how students could be more involved with giving campaigns, Roberts commented on the benefit of students giving time to learn about The Wooster Fund.

“Since these funds go directly to the operating budget, it’s important for students to know that the generosity of many enables us to advance the mission of the College. We would love current students to visit the Gault Alumni Center and say thank you to our donors,” stated Roberts. 

All students in the Wooster community benefit from The Wooster Fund. By giving thanks and sharing testimony to those who are giving back to the College about the impact of The Wooster Fund, donors will be able to see that their gifts have a tangible and significant impact.

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Names represent identities

One thing I have noticed on  campus is that some people go by two different names alternatively. As I used to go by my “picked up” English name, “Grace,” during my first year here and then reclaimed my Korean name as the one I chose to be called, I sincerely have gone through the irritation of when your name on the school system and the name you go by do not match, all the moments you have to clarify that you decided to reclaim your original name and proactively teach people how to pronounce it. 

I chose my English name “Grace” when I came here first for the sake of convenience, but second for the hopeful expectation that “easier to pronounce” names would help me adjust better to college life. However, living with a different name after having lived with an original name for a pretty long time comes along with a lot of confusion and requires you to actively do the mental work to familiarize yourself with your new chosen name. 

One of the things that bothered me was that I was not able to immediately respond to someone shouting my English name, “Grace,” on the street or in Lowry, because I was not used to it. When I became more aware of the fact that my name is such a significant piece of information about who I am, I got into the idea of how fundamental and deep the connections and attachments we have with our names are. In the same sense, one of the reasons I actively chose to go by my own original name was I did not really want to miss out on a connection with myself in my past life before Wooster. I want my life as “Juyoung” in South Korea before coming into Wooster to still be intact with my life at Wooster’s campus. Adopting a new name felt like creating a disconnect between who I had been for a while and who I am now at Wooster. In addition, I honestly liked the concepts that my name reflected, which was “bringing light into the world,” rather than what “Grace” means in a literal sense. 

I am honestly surprised at how many people choose to go by new names that they resonate with the most. Reclaiming an authentic name happened frequently among immigrant communities, which was very relatable on a personal level.  Moreover, a lot of transgender individuals also actively choose different names that better suit who they really are. Both going back to the original identity and choosing a new name helps them solidify their self-identity and also contributed to being respected and honored in social interaction. 

When I think about people’s names that are not classic American names or those names that do not intuitively hint its own pronunciation, there are Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky and even Shakespeare. These names do not look like easy names and are actually surprisingly hard names to pronounce, but we still manage to pronounce their names and learn about their great achievements as writers and composers. I do believe that no one tries to mispronounce someone’s name, but I highly recommend people to choose the names they want to go by and also actively learn how to pronounce someone’s name and respect someone’s preferred pronouns.

Our names are markers of our identities, and they are the first aspect we are recognized by and exposed to the world. To have your name mispronounced again and again feels like disrespect. It’s technically a micro-aggression that ultimately becomes a macro-aggression. But we can empower ourselves by taking initiatives in engaging ourselves in teaching people how to pronounce our names and also actively learn to pronounce someone’s name despite its counterintuitive pronunciation.

It might feel awkward or uncomfortable to reclaim your original name after going by something else for a while or teaching someone how to pronounce your name, but if we repeatedly do this, we have a chance to be truly happy with how our names truly reflect who we are. I also personally know how good it feels when someone makes the effort to get my name right; I proactively do the same for others because I know now that it’s not just a simple name that you go by — it’s a core part of who you are as an individual and you deserve to be respected. 

Juyoung Ko, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at

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