Campaign to encourage correct pronunciation of students’ names seeks support
My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self is an initiative created by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in San Jose, California, to promote global awareness of the importance of honoring students’ diverse cultures and languages by pronouncing students’ names correctly. Supported by the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and McGraw-Hill Education, the goal is to recognize students’ bilingual/multilingual abilities as assets and honor their names and identities. According to SCCOE, “Names are a reflection of one’s culture, ethnicity, language and gender, and an expression of who we are and how we prefer to be called. Thus, we are proud to launch this joint initiative and invite you to be part of it.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit https://www.mynamemyidentity.org/, where you can Take the Pledge to show your support for building an inclusive and respectful culture in schools and communities.
You can also share your name story at the Campaign’s Facebook page http://bit.ly/mynmyid or Twitter #mynamemyid.
When I was about 6 I started in a new school. One of the other students said, “You’re name is Bermuda Shorts?” I was really embarrassed and cried.
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