Published: May 21, 2020

University of Colorado faculty and staff can now select a preferred first name within the employee portal. A preferred name differs from a legal name. It may be a nickname, professional name, anglicized name, a name that aligns with your gender identity or any name first you prefer.

Depending on which systems you update your preferred name in, the following will be impacted:

  • Canvas
  • email 
  • CU People Search
  • Google Suite
  • HCM (HR information system)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • MyCUinfo Portal
  • ServiceNow (Ticketing System)
  • Phone Directory (Cisco Call Manager)

Your legal name will appear on legal forms, W-4/ W-2 and pay advices. Visit the Preferred Name webpage to learn how to designated a preferred name.