Transgender Student Resources
One of the University of Nevada, Reno's Core values is the inclusiveness of diverse cultures and identities. There are many campus and MyNEVADA resources available to transgender students.
Primary vs. Preferred Name
A person's name helps define them. A Primary name in MyNEVADA is a person's legal name. This Primary name is what is displayed on all official educational records such as transcripts. If a person's identity does not match their Primary name, they do have the option of adding a Preferred name in MyNEVADA.
A Preferred name is the name displayed when you log into your MyNEVADA account, it is displayed on all class rosters, Webcampus and is the name instructors and advisors will see.
If you wish to add a Preferred name, log into your MyNEVADA account, click on My Personal Information then Personal Data Summary.
Now click on the Names icon.
Click the ADD A NEW NAME icon.
From the Name type drop down select Preferred and enter your Preferred name. Then click SAVE.
Once you have successfully added a Preferred name you will see both your Primary and Preferred names listed. You can change or update your Preferred name at any point.
If you legally change your Primary name, you may submit a Request to Change Personal Identification Data form along with supporting documentation (copy of drivers license with new name) to the Admissions and Records office. This will allow for an official change to your Primary name in MyNEVADA.
For more information on how a Nevada resident can legally change their name please visit The Second Judicial District Court website.
Once a Nevada resident has legally changed their name, they may visit the Nevada DMV's site for more information on how to update a NV drivers license with their new name.
Currently there is not an option to add a preferred gender in MyNEVADA. A student's gender is not listed on class rosters or within Webcampus. The University currently reports a student's gender externally for federal reporting. If a student's gender changes, they may submit the Request to Change Personal Identification Date form along with supporting documentation (driver's license with new gender listed) to Admissions and Records. This will allow a student's gender to be updated in MyNEVADA.
There are many on going revisions to Nevada statutes on how a Nevada resident can legally change their gender. Nevada residents who wish to have a legal change to their gender, should contact the Board of Health for assistance and direction.
For more information on how to change the gender listed on a Nevada drivers license, please visit the NV DMV site.
Residential Life, Housing and Food Service (Residential Life) offers Gender Inclusive Housing options for students.
This process seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities, not limited by the traditional gender binary. Gender Inclusive Housing allows for students to live together regardless of gender identity or biological sex in an environment in which they feel safe and supported. This environment is not a living option for students in a relationship with each other and who want to live together. Gender Inclusive Housing participants must commit to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming living environment free of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Gender Inclusive Housing is not guaranteed to any student.
For any additional questions regarding Gender Inclusive Housing please contact Residential LIfe at 775-784-111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Campus Resources
- The Center: Every Student. Every Story
- Counseling Services
- Queer Student Union (QSU)
- All-Gender Restrooms on Campus