Professional and Chosen/Preferred Names, Gender Identity, and Personal Pronouns FAQ

The WISE Self-Service application allows USNH employees to update their personal information, such as their Professional Name, Chosen/Preferred Name, gender identity, and personal pronouns. 

  1. What name types are permitted?

Professional Name: The name an individual is known by in a professional capacity.

Note: When a Professional Name is provided, this name will be the primary name utilized in all integrated technology applications. 

Chosen/Preferred Name: The name by which an individual chooses to be addressed, such as an individual who goes by their middle name or when someone uses a name that differs from their birth and/or legal name.

Note: The Chosen/Preferred Name is pre-populated based on the employee's legal name and any Preferred First Name information on file as of June 2020.

Legal Name: The name officially recognized by government entities and necessary for USNH to meet its reporting obligations and production of official documents like W-2s.

  1. Do I need to enter both a First Name and a Last Name?

Yes, the system requires both the First Name and the Last Name field to be completed for each name type. The Middle Name is optional.

  1. I entered a Middle Name, but I don't see it used everywhere. I would like it to be displayed. How can I correct this?

Middle Names and/or Middle Initials are not displayed in all technology applications. If you would like your middle name or initial to display consistently, add it to the First Name field instead of the Middle Name field.

  1. I entered a Professional Name, and a Chosen/Preferred Name. Which name will be used to address me in technology applications?

If a Professional name is provided, that will be the primary name used in technology applications; otherwise, the chosen/preferred name will be used (unless the legal name is required). 

  1. Which technology applications have been updated to use the new name types?

As of 7/1/2020, the following technology applications have been updated to use the new name types. More applications will be added in future phases, across all USNH institutions.


• WebI reports: instructor/advisor listing (beginning July 2020)


Coming soon


Coming soon


• Faculty Profile on College/Department Websites
• FindScholars@UNH
• / Time and Room Schedule
• Catalog / Courseleaf (updated annually in October)
• myCourses/Canvas (Learning Management System)
• Blue Explorance (Teaching Evaluations)
• WebCat/DegreeWorks
• Faculty/Staff Online Directory
• Faculty/Staff Digital Sign Directory
• Kaltura
• myElements and associated Faculty Activity Report (FAR)
• WebI reports: instructor/advisor listing
• Global Address List (beginning August 2020)

USNH System Office

• Global Address List (beginning August 2020)


  1. I updated my name. Why don't I see it in the technology applications yet?

Some applications will take 1-2 days to update with your revised name information.

Display Name changes in the Global Address List will not be reflected until August 2020.  This provides time for people who previously requested a GAL name change to update their name in WISE. Important Note: If you have previously requested a name change to your Global Address List contact card, you must make sure you make the same changes in WISE by the end of July 2020, or your name data could be overwritten.  

Note that your name as a Student is maintained independently to your name as an employee. For information on updating your student name records, see:

  1. If I update my name, will my email address automatically change?

No, changing your name WILL NOT change your email address.  For more information and to submit an email address change request go here:

  1. The pronoun or gender identity options I need are not available in the list(s).

We have included some options for selection but this is certainly not an exhaustive list. We actively monitor for any updates needed to best support our community, and we encourage you to contact us at: to inform us of options to be added to the lists.

  1. Who can see my personal pronoun selections?

Your pronoun selection will eventually be viewable within certain applications such as Learning Management Systems, and faculty profiles on the website. This field is optional, and for those who choose to provide this information the goal is that it will become part of the individual's public profile, where applicable.

  1. Who can see my gender identity?

Gender identity is collected for purposes of inclusion and is considered restricted information. This data is available only to those with a legitimate need to know, as determined by Human Resources. The field is optional.

  1. Where can I find instructions on updating my personal information in WISE self-service?

For step-by-step instructions, see:

  1. How can I get more information on inclusive practices?

For more information on inclusive practices, please reach out to the office listed beside your institution below.

Granite State College: Human Resources
Keene State College: Diversity and Multiculturalism Office
Plymouth State College: Human Resources
UNH: Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
USNH: Human Resources 

0% helpful - 1 review


Article ID: 2329
Mon 6/22/20 11:25 PM
Tue 7/7/20 2:36 PM