The following message has been sent to students via Canvas:
Preferred Name & Preferred Gender Pronouns:
SPSCC is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive classroom. Sometimes attendance and roll call can be hard for students because the class roster doesn’t reflect their identity. Class rosters are provided to your instructors and Canvas with your legal name. If you identify with a name and or gender identity/pronoun that is not reflected on your school records, there are ways you can change it to adequately reflect your gender identity and pronouns.
To have your name changed in ALL of your courses in Canvas please see staff in E-learning (22-181). You’ll need to bring your SPSCC student ID with you. Please advise e-learning staff of this change early in the semester so that your classmates and faculty can adjust and make appropriate changes to our records. Your name will NOT be changed for Financial Aid, Enrollment, or for other processes in which use of your legal name is required. It will also not change in your instructors' class rosters (the information visible only to your instructors).It will be your responsibility to let your instructors know that you have changed your name from a legal name to a preferred name (see below for ideas on how to do this and resources for support).
Your professor can honor your request to address you by an alternate name/gender pronoun. To go by a name other than your legal name in class, talk to your instructor directly. The best way to do this is to email your faculty before classes begin. Provide your instructor with your legal name and let them know what your preferred name and pronouns are. Let them know you will be requesting to change your name in Canvas.
If you are more of an in-person communicator, you can stop by your instructors' office hours as early in the quarter as possible to let them know.
The goal of this option for students is to enable faculty and classmates to respect your name and pronouns throughout your learning experience. This can be an intimidating process, so if you feel you need support please stop by the Diversity and Equity Center in Building 22-270. Peer Mentors, students like yourself and the staff are here to support you. You can also email the Director of Diversity and Equity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students may contact you with questions or for assistance with changing their names in Canvas.
The basic process is as follows:
- If students want to change their name in Canvas, they should see come to the E-learning Office (22-181).
- Students need to bring their Student ID with them when they request the name change.
- Lacey Campus students can email Kathy Brooks and she will direct their inquiry to the appropriate person. email@example.com
- Name changes will occur in all of Canvas, not just one class.
If you have any questions or need support with any part of this process, the DEAC is happy to help. Please contact me if you need help.
Additionally, to make your in-person environment more inclusive, the DEAC has developed these resources:
Note to place in your syllabus:
Preferred Name & Preferred Gender Pronouns
SPSCC is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive classroom. Class rosters are provided to instructors with students' legal names. However, in class, I will gladly address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. To have your name changed in class you can talk to me directly. To have your name changed in all of your courses in Canvas, please go to the E-learning Office (22-181). You must bring your student ID with you when you request your online name change.
More information on why preferred names and pronouns matter: