University of Alaska Anchorage Introduces ‘Why Pronouns Matter’ Course

In December, the University of Alaska Anchorage advertised a new elective course called, “Why Pronouns Matter.”

“In WSGS 101, ‘Why Pronouns Matter’ the focus of the curriculum will be on exploring and deepening our understandings of why respectful language matters, which will indeed include discussions of pronoun use, but that is the mere surface level of where we endeavor to go,” a description of the course reads.

“Through this focal point on identity exploration, we’ll come to better understand our own positionality in the cycle of oppression, and come away with tangible ways we all can be more present in the cultivation of collective liberation. While this course is only 1-credit, it will be a substantial contribution to your personal and professional development. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that employers need on their teams, but you’ll also feel better at connecting with others and more grounded in your own truths.”

The course is only 1 credit.

American Faith previously reported on universities’ push for gender, pronoun, or LGBT-related courses.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a training course called “LGBTQ+ 101.”

The course, viewed by The Daily Wire, is designed to fill a requirement on preventing sexual harassment.

According to the outlet, the training course pushes radical ideologies before making participants answer multiple-choice “knowledge checks.”

The outlet noted that the training asks participants, “Are you a visible, dependable ally? What have you done recently, or what are you planning on doing, that can contribute to a feeling of LGBTQ+ belonging at MIT?”

MIT’s Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR) provides a description for the course: “This entry-level course on gender and sexual orientation is for everyone, whether you’re part of the LBGTQ+ community or an ally. You will hear from senior leaders, staff, faculty, and students on ways you can advocate for yourself, be an ally and how you can help contribute to an inclusive and intersectional campus that supports everyone. We want everyone at MIT to know that all are welcome here.”

Ohio State University is also requiring students who sign up for a health sciences program to participate in discussions addressing white or heterosexual privileges.

The course, Individual Differences in Patient/Client Populations, includes an assignment titled “Unpack the Invisible Knapsack,” which requires students to complete activities about “privilege.”