How to Change Pronouns and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI)

  1. To review and/or revise your pronoun and sexual orientation/gender identity settings log into ctcLink.
  2. Select the Personal Details tile.

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  1. Select the Gender Identity tile.

gender identity tile

  1. Click the arrow on the right side of the screen.gender identity carrot
  2. Choose your pronoun and sexual orientation/gender identity settings and click the Save button in the upper right corner.

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SBCTC-ITD Memorandum 

Date:  March 10, 2023 
From:   Carmen McKenzie, SBCTC Director of Data Services 
Subject: Pronouns and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI) Available in ctcLink Employee Self-Service as of March 10, 2023

Dear college community:

The ability for Washington state community and technical college system employees to indicate their personal gender pronouns and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) will be live in the ctcLink Employee Self-Service module as of Friday, March 10, 2023. 

I am pleased to share the following update on this important work.

Efforts to implement sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) and pronoun data collection in Human Capital Management (HCM) before a March 14 code freeze were finalized last night. 

The DGC and the DGC Demographic subcommittee (DemoCom) participated in user acceptance testing (UAT). The UAT was successful, so the SBCTC Application Services team implemented the changes in ctcLink production overnight on Thursday, March 9, to be ready for use by college and SBCTC staff and faculty on Friday, March 10, 2023. 

What’s changed?

New Self-Service Tile  

In ctcLink Employee Self-Service, in the “Personal Details” section, a new “Gender Identity” tile will be added. 

New HR Staff View 

Previously, only Legal Sex was displayed. Now, Pronoun and SOGI are displayed and can be added and updated by HR staff if they have the appropriate security role to do so. 

More information 

Which values are configured in ctcLink?  

The Data Governance Committee, in collaboration with systemwide colleagues, established the list of valid values for data collection. For a list of valid values, please refer to the ctcLink Reference Center Coding and SBCTC Reporting page.   

Will employee SOGI and pronouns integrate with other pillars in ctcLink?  

Employee sexual orientation, gender identity, and pronouns will only reside in the HCM pillar.  This data is not synced, sent, or shared with the Campus Solutions (CS) pillar and will only appear in HCM. SOGI was implemented in CS in July 2020, pronouns still need to be implemented in CS (Student Self-Service). The CS pronoun functionality differs from HCM, so this will take some additional work.

How will this information be used by SBCTC and the colleges?   

Sexual orientation, gender identity and pronouns are not required for state or federal reporting.  The information is being collected upon request of the college system for local use.   

Sexual orientation and gender identity 

Sexual orientation and gender identity are considered highly sensitive data requiring special handling (Category 4) meaning access and use of this information should be limited.   


  • Pronouns are considered sensitive information that is generally not released to the public unless specifically requested (Category 3) and needs to be used in a manner that does not discriminate or accidentally expose private information.  
  • Careful consideration will be used when determining when and where this information is displayed. As part of the CS implementation of pronoun identification for students, the Data Governance Committee will provide a set of guidelines on when and how the information should be disclosed. Until that time, use of employee pronouns will be limited. 

Quick Reference Guides (QRGs)

You can find step-by-step QRGs in the ctcLink Reference Center. 

·       9.2 Adding a Person 

·       9.2 Hiring a New Employee 

·       9.2 Hiring a Person Of Interest (Volunteer) 

·       9.2 Add a New Employee Person Record and Job Instance 

·       9.2 Modifying a Birthdate 

·       9.2 ESS Add Update Gender Identity – SOGI (Fluid) - NEW 

Security Roles 

A new ctcLink Security Role (ZD HCM SOGI) is required for users to view Pronouns and SOGI on the Personal Data page.

Because ctcLink Security cannot be limited to only SOGI when configuring Add/Update to Add/Modify a Person, access to Add/Update Personal Data Biographical fields is given through other roles listed below: 

  • ZC HR Employee Maintenance 
  • ZZ HR Employee Maintenance 
  • ZZ SS Workforce Administrator 
  • New query role for Highly Sensitive SOGI data 
  • Existing query role updated to include Pronoun data  
    • However, pronoun inclusion in queries will be restricted to supervisor access only until the second phase of roll-out when pronouns will be implemented in CS and accompanied by usage guidance.  


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