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Office of Institutional Equity

University Statement on Supporting Preferred Names


Johns Hopkins University values the diversity of its community and strives to create an environment where all students, staff and faculty can fully and genuinely participate in the academic and work experience. In that spirit, the University supports all of the members of its community to use their preferred or chosen name where possible. A preferred or chosen name is the use of a name, usually a first name, that is different from a person’s legal name. There are many reasons that a member of our University community might use a name that is not their legal name. For example, a person may wish to use a preferred or chosen name:

  • As a reflection of gender identity;
  • As a nickname or to go by their middle name; or
  • As a westernized or Americanized name that is either in place of or a version of their native language name.

By empowering the community to use their preferred or chosen name we endeavor to continue to foster a safe academic and work environment.

For more information on preferred name options at JHU, see: Preferred Name at JHU