Preferred Names

Chosen Name

At Green River College, we strive to understand the complexities of gender identities and support people on how they want to be addressed and supported. We are working toward changing our systems to eliminate "preferred" language and changing to "chosen" regarding names. While we cannot exclusively change the language used on state management systems (ctcLink, Canvas, etc.), we are working with the SBCTC to shift this language statewide as well. Please know this is a priority to us and we are working behind the scenes to ensure greater understanding and change.

Green River College allows students to identify the name they would like to be called in classroom settings and when interacting with college employees. This preferred name is used in a variety of applications.

Changing Your Chosen/Preferred Name

  1. Log into ctcLink and select the Profile tile.
    • Student Home page
  2. The Personal Details page displays and you will be on the Personal tab.
  3. Select + to add a preferred name.
    • Personal Details page
  4. The Add Name page displays.
    Enter Type = "Preferred".
    Enter Prefix.
    Enter First Name.
    Enter Middle Name.
    Enter Last Name.
    Enter Suffix.
    Select Save.
    • Add Name page
  5. The updated Personal Details page displays.
    • The updated Personal Details page displays.


Terms and Conditions
When you set your preferred name, you agree to all of the following:

  • You have not set a preferred name with an intent to impersonate someone else, to deceive, or to defraud;
  • Hate speech, inappropriate language, or repeated frequent use of this feature may bar you from using this feature, at the College's discretion;
  • Your preferred name may be used in any Green River College system.


View the Preferred Name FAQ