How do I add my preferred name to my ID, Blackboard, Outlook, and course rosters?

Modified on Thu, 07 Jul 2022 at 12:16 PM

At Lesley, a Chosen Name is defined as the name an individual chooses, other than their legal name, to better reflect how they identify. It's also a name chosen by an individual to align with their sense of self.

If you prefer to use a name that's different from your legal name, you can choose your preferred name using Lesley's Self-Service portal. It will appear on:

  1. Your Lesley ID Card
  2. Blackboard/myLesley
  3. Course rosters
  4. Your Outlook email display name (not your username)


To add a chosen name:

  1. Log in to Self-Service.
  2. From the left sidebar, select "User Options" and then "User Profile."
  3. Select "Edit Personal Identity" under the "About You" section.

The following page will display:

https://solutioncenter.lesley.edu/servlet/rtaImage?eid=ka01H000000Dl25&feoid=00N1H00000GUO3O&refid=0EM1H000004faIP 

If you decide to not provide a Chosen Name, we'll default to using your legal name (first, middle, and/or last). Your legal name appears in your student records (transcript, financial aid, etc.). Chosen Middle Name is an optional field - It will remain blank if you don't enter a name. If you chose a first name but leave the last name blank, we'll use your legal last name.

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