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Ivy League picks mispronounced names to reduce ‘damage’ and ‘fear’ for students

Columbia University has a new pilot program to help professors pronounce student names correctly.

(Reuters)

In an attempt to microaggressions in the classroom, students at the University of Columbia can now upload a recording of their name, that their professor does not mispronounce.

The Ivy League school in New York, said in a statement it hopes “to reduce the fear and uncertainty that may occur during the process of introducing yourself or learning new names” by means of a pilot program called NameCoach.

“icularly for students of color, insensitive or unintentionally offensive remarks by faculty, including the wrong pronunciation of names—in the classroom have the potential to be the damages of their learning experiences,” the Columbia Spectator reported.

Columbia University is using a tool called “NameCoach” to the student microaggressions in the classroom.

(Columbia.edu)

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More than 800 students have participated in the program so far, which is open to certain Arts and Sciences and Engineering program classes.

A student said she refused to shorten or change her name to make it easier for people in the United States to speak.

“I really want to have my name pronounced the way where I come from,” Julieta, pronounced “hoo-lee-YA-tah,” Garcia said about her Mexican-American heritage.

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But some students argue that it is not professors were actually using. Meanwhile, a professor said that only one of his 40 students use the program.

“I see it as a nice attempt to improve the ability of teachers to their names pronounce correctly,” a core lecturer Robbie Kubala told the Spectator.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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