Inclusion on Campus

A preferred name is a name that students plan to go by on campus. Other than cases where legal name is required, this is the name will be used in different instances such as CANVAS and class roster.

UNA allows any student to request a preferred name to reflect in CANVAS and for the class roster. Electing to use a preferred name will not change your legal name.

A request to add a preferred name to be used for CANVAS and class roster should emailed to Please include your legal name, new name, and L# when making request in the following format:

Current Legal Name: Firstname Lastname

Requested/Preferred Name:  Newname Lastname


Please note: There are limits to what you may select as a campus name. Character limits and character restrictions apply. At this time, middle names cannot be changed on the roster without a legal name change. 

**ETS should be contacted for a request name change. If there is a legal name change or change to a student’s name in Banner, it will automatically update in Canvas, and ETS will not need to be contacted.  

The legal name or gender of a student cannot be changed unless a certified copy of a court order and a new birth certificate documenting the new name and gender change is provided. The request and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, 601 Cramer Way, Room 119.

Any questions may be directed to the Office of the Registrar at 256-765-4316 or via email at,

Q: May I specifiy a preferred middle or last name?

A: Preferred name pertains to your preferred first name, only.

Q: Where will my preferred name be listed?

A: The preferred name is added to the Student Information System but does not change your legal name, the CANVAS online system, and class roster.

Q: Where will my legal name be listed?

A: The legal name will be used for academic records (transcript, diploma, degree/enrollment verification, etc), financial aid records, student employment records, business office, Athletic Roster for NCAA, National Student Clearinghouse and other external third parties.

Q: Can I update my preferred name at any time?

A: Yes! You can request to add a preferred name at any time during the semester. Simply email the registrar’s email, from your UNA email requesting this. Please include your full legal name and L#, if known.

Q: May I use my preferred name on my Mane card?

A: No, unfortunately the mane card only uses the student’s legal name.

Q: Can I have my preferred name on my diploma?

A: Unfortunately, you cannot have your preferred name on your diploma. Only your legal name is allowed for the diploma.

Q: Can I change my email address to match my preferred name?

A: At this time, changes to the email address are not available.

Q: How do I get my legal name/gender changed with the university?

A: Certified legal court documents along with a new birth certificate reflecting the new gender are required for the legal name to be updated. Those documents should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Q: Will my preferred name be listed on a student directory? 

A: No. UNA currently does not have an online student directory established at this time.

Q: How do I remove a preferred name?

A: A request should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office via email, requesting to remove the preferred name. The request must be sent from the student’s UNA email account.

Q: I am a former student and need to submit a legal name/gender change, how do I request this?

A: A written request along with a copy of the certified court order and a copy new birth certificate issued should be mailed to the following address:

Office of the Registrar

1 Harrison Plaza

119 Bibb Graves

Florence, AL 35632


Pronouns are used in every day speech and writing to take the place of people's names. We frequently use them without thinking about it. Using appropriate pronouns is a first step toward respecting people's gender identity and creating a more welcoming space for people of all genders.

Places where pronouns can be easily added include:email signature, business cards, and social media accounts. 

Canvas is now allowing folks to add their pronouns to their profile (including they/them/theirs)! Here's how: 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Select "Account" on the left-hand tool bar.
  3. Select the "Profile" option.
  4. Select "Edit Profile" in the top right corner.
  5. Find the "Pronouns" option.
  6. Select your pronouns.

Zoom does not currently have a feature to add pronouns to your profile, however, you can add them beside your name through these simple steps: 

  1. Log in to Zoom.
  2. Select “Settings" on the left-hand tool bar.
  3. Select "Edit" beside your name.
  4. Add your pronouns to the end of your last name.
  5. Click "Save Changes".

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since the founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

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The goal of this club is to help incorporate the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities into more campus events and have them feel more welcomed to UNA. They want to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people feel comfortable here at UNA. Their goal is to initiate new classes so more people can learn American Sign Language and better accommodate these communities. They also provide a non-judgmental environment for practicing American Sign Language. There is a small monthly membership fee of $2 to create value in club membership and to cover some basic operating cost. You don't have to know sign language or be in the class to join this club, but you must be committed to learning ASL and communicating with deaf students!


This organization is a group of minority students that gather to promote and achieve excellence in all aspects. They also serve our school and our community, while promoting diversity and unity among the minority students on campus.

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This is an organization for students to come together and play chess together. Soon, we will be going to Chess Tournaments. Chess helps improves problem solving and spatial skills. It can help with memory as well as help prevent Alzheimer's.

The Chinese Student Organization (CSO) at University of North Alabama is a student organization dedicated to promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Chinese students and scholars at UNA as well as interested members in the Shoals community.

It strives to provide opportunities and benefits for its members by facilitating exchange of information between China and Chinese students studying abroad and by defending the rights of its members on campus and in the United States. CSO encourages all, especially incoming, Chinese students and scholars at UNA to join our organization and participate in our activities.


Community Service & Outreach programs change lives by enhancing civic engagement competency through high impact service-learning opportunities and community involvement.We provide opportunities for UNA students to recognize their civic potential.

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The Diversity Student Ambassador (DSA) Program is designed to create opportunities for students to actively engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion at UNA. The program provides avenues for selected students to facilitate discussions, provide peer diversity training and host diversity related programming. DSA activities seek to promote understanding and respect among all students, leading to a more inclusive campus.

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Are you an international student or a domestic student interested in being involved with international students? If so, come and join our RSO! To apply, pick up an application at the Office of International Affairs and sign up on Presence!

The UNA Military & Veteran Alliance (MVA) was created in 2011 by advisor, Dr. Wayne Bergeron, to support and encourage military and veteran students.  They strive to help students make the transition from soldier to a UNA student by getting them involved in campus activities as well as community events.  In November 11, 2016 The Military and Veteran Support Center was opened to assist veterans, active duty, reservist, and their family members taking full advantage of the educational benefits available to them through the GI Bill. 


The Society is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential.  Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.

In addition to honorable distinction, the Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.  Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.  Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.  

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.


We are a Club Sport founded on the principle to promote ESports.

We currently offer the following games:

  • Overwatch
  • League of Legends
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Rocket League
  • Tekken7
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Hearthstone
  • Valorant
  • Rainbow Six: Seige

Each game may offer multiple teams and we will never turn down a player who is willing to learn! Members must be active in this highly competitive organization. Club fees are yearly and only go towards YOUR jersey. Our jerseys are custom made, to order, and will have your preferred number / Gamertag. We take part in multiple leagues, playing in multiple tournaments against multiple universities across the nation!

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This mission of Presidential Mentors Academy (PMA) is to select and mentor students who demonstrate leadership potential, academic excellence, and dedication to community service. Once admitted to the academy PMA scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance, leadership development training, peer mentoring, and academic advising.

Interested candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, current leadership potential, and dedication to community service. To be considered, applicants must be admitted to the University and meet the following requirements:

  • High school senior 
  • Minimum ACT Score of 18
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on high school unweighted GPA
  • Activity resume that demonstrates academic and community leadership and involvement

Admissions, GPA, and ACT requirements must be met by February 3, 2020 (CLOSED). Interested applicants must submit activity resume to by the same date. For more information, visit the website here, or contact LaShonda Davidson, Director of PMA at 256.765.4655.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.

The purpose of the UNA Student Alliance For Equality (S.A.F.E.) is to make resources available to all students, to promote an environment of equality on campus, and to develop social and educational programming for students who identify themselves as straight ally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, asexual, intersex, questioning, unlabeled, and others.

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The Flor-ala is UNA's Student Newspaper. The Flor-Ala is published bi-weekly, except holidays, exam periods or summer term by students of UNA. The Flor-Ala also publishes breaking news online and on its social media pages to inform students in a timely matter what's happening on campus. Views expressed in the publication do not necessarily reflect those of UNA.

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