Understanding and using pronouns is crucial to practicing gender inclusivity. In this conversation, the presenter will discuss the history of gender pronouns, unpacking gendered language, and provide examples of gender-inclusive language and pronouns. Participants will wrap up this session with practical knowledge and experience using gender-neutral language.
Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd
Associate Director, Student Leadership and Involvement
Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore
In his work, Greg supports the educational, professional, and identity-based needs of health and human services students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Also, at UMB, Greg serves the Intercultural Center as the liaison for LGBQT+ inclusion and equity, where he advises the university on LGBTQ+ best practices. Outside of UMB, Greg is the owner of Bright Baltimore, LLC, a training and consulting company located in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in LGBTQ+ advocacy and allyship. Additionally, Greg serves as Chair of the Board of the non-profit organization GLSEN Maryland, which is an education and advocacy organization specializing in the needs of k-12 Queer youth in Maryland Schools. Greg’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a Master of Education in college student personnel administration, and a Master of Business Administration. Furthermore, Greg is currently in the candidacy phase of his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree as he writes his dissertation on the experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming students in graduate schools. Greg continues to be a passionate LGBTQ+ advocate, publishing op-eds supporting LGBTQ+ rights and appearing on local news stations as an expert on issues and legislation impacting LGBTQ+ people.