Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) recognizes that usage of preferred names, whenever possible, is key to creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all students. A preferred name is a first name that students can designate to be used instead of a legal first name. Students may opt to use a preferred name, however it is not required. Currently, students are able to request that the college update their LWTech email address and Canvas display name to reflect a preferred name. It is important to note that making these changes to the student email address and Canvas display name is not the same as a legal name change through a court system.
Students are encouraged to communicate their preferred name to faculty prior to the start of the quarter when possible. You can find contact information for your faculty, on the website directory.
Although LWTech does not currently have a system in place that provides preferred names to faculty when students register for classes, campus administrators are engaged in a statewide taskforce to address this issue across all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. For more information on LWTech’s preferred name procedures, please contact Ruby Hayden, Vice President of Student Services.
Your legal name will be used in business processes and other activities that require use of a legal name. These include:
Please file an Information Change Form to change your legal name as a student at LWTech. The form can be found on the LWTech Registration & Enrollment Services Forms page.
If at any time you feel unsafe or think or feel that you have been discriminated against by faculty, staff, or other students at LWTech, we encourage you to file a report through our online reporting form.