Welcome to myName

At Grand Valley State University, we recognize that an individual may wish to be identified by a professional, personal, preferred, display or use name without making an official legal name change. Students may use the myName process to update Banner, and faculty and staff may use this process to update Workday (called "Preferred Name" in Workday) and some related systems. The myName process allows students, faculty, and staff to have the chosen name appear anywhere a legal name is not required. 

Requesting a myName

This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to request a myName.

For more information, read GVSU’s Affirmation of Gender Identity and Expression Inclusion

Please note: myName is different from the University’s Name Change process, which deals with official/legal name changes via the Social Security Administration. 


Direct questions about myName as well as the legal name change process should be directed to one of the following: 

Page last modified January 18, 2024