What is the Chosen Name Project? 

The Chosen Name Project is part of an ongoing effort to support diversity and inclusion at Montana State University.  Specifically, this project is intended to test the use of non-legal names within integrated systems and processes at MSU.  Participants will identify a chosen name which will be used on class rosters, D2L, MyInfo and other integrated systems.

Who may participate?

Montana State University Students, who meet the following criteria:
  • Enrolled in the spring 2017 on the MSU Bozeman campus only. Participants cannot be dual enrolled at MSU Billings, Northern or Great Falls College.
  • Primary role is that of a student.  Benefits eligible employees are not able to participate at this time.
NOTE:   Priority participation will be given to those whose right to use a chosen name is protected under state and/or federal civil rights law.

How do I participate in the project?

Students wishing to participate may apply here.

How long does it last?

The Chosen Name Project will last through the Spring 2017 term, but may extend longer.

What does it mean to participate in the project?

Participants in the project will be able to identify and use a chosen name.  This name will be recorded in MSU’s student information system and will be shared with other integrated systems.  Participants will be asked to provide feedback about their experiences using this name across campus.  They may also be called upon to test business processes.

How can I learn more about the project?

Please contact Eric Wold at:  eric.wold@montana.edu for project related questions. Questions may be directed to other office personnel as necessary.

How can I support participants who come to my office?

Working with project participants should differ little from the support you provide today; treat everyone  with respect and dignity regardless of identity.