Colorado State University has a new social media guide which seeks to help campus groups become more inclusive through their use of emojis, pronouns, and more.
“10 Ways to Make Your Social Media Channels More Inclusive” was developed by the university's Inclusive Communications Task Force and touches on a number of “simple (and yet important) ways to make your social media channels inclusive.”
Points include using “inclusive pronouns (they/them/theirs, students, Rams, everyone)” as well as using “the yellow emojis when addressing a diverse audience” and avoiding “gendered emojis when possible,” instead encouraging students to use “one of the variations of the yellow smiley faces or object emojis.”
The guide also encourages students to create community guidelines that “inform social media users of how they may engage with a social media channel.”
Young Americans for Liberty at CSU Chairman Ethan Burshek called the best practices guide “absurd,” “overly restrictive,” and “completely unenforceable” when speaking with Campus Reform.
The school says the recommendations are “rooted in CSU’s Principles of Community (Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, Social Justice).”
Alexander James is a contributor to Red Alert Politics and a freelance journalist.