Personalizing NYU Zoom Pronouns and Display Names
NYU IT, in partnership with the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation and Zoom, has enabled NYU Zoom users to manage their Pronouns and Display Names through their NYU Zoom Profile. In the spirit of global diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Pronouns and Display Name fields can be used to share pronouns and a chosen/preferred name—empowering each NYU community member to represent themselves to hosts and participants in NYU Zoom meetings and, in turn, be correctly referred to in the ways they identify. Enabling this personalization is one of several measures on NYU IT’s roadmap designed to provide an increasingly inclusive experience in IT services.
Using a new Pronouns feature that NYU requested and collaborated with Zoom on designing, all NYU Zoom users can now follow these instructions to personalize their NYU Zoom Pronouns in their Zoom Profile.
When adding or updating your pronouns in Zoom, you can indicate how you want these pronouns to be shared during a meeting (e.g., shared in every meeting, decided when you join each meeting, unshared on the fly during a meeting, or only visible on your Zoom profile). Your preferences will be reflected immediately in your NYU Zoom Profile, and in the Participants list of all of your future NYU Zoom meetings, as long as you log into your NYU Zoom account at nyu.zoom.us before joining meetings. You can also unshare your pronouns during an NYU Zoom Meeting by finding your name in the Participants list, clicking the More button, and selecting Unshare My Pronouns.
The most reliable way to change the way your name is displayed in NYU Zoom meetings is to personalize your NYU Zoom Display Name before joining a meeting. Then, be sure to log into your NYU Zoom account at nyu.zoom.us before joining future meetings to ensure your preferred settings are visible.
If you change your Display Name in your Zoom Profile during a meeting, the update will not be visible unless you leave the meeting and rejoin, or until you start or join a new meeting. You may be able to temporarily change your Display Name during a meeting by finding your name in the Participants list, clicking the More button, and selecting Rename. (Note, however, that the meeting host may have turned off the option to “Allow participants to rename themselves” during the meeting for security reasons.)
Why don’t I see my preferred Pronouns, Display Name, and/or profile picture in my meeting?
To ensure your preferred settings are visible in meetings, be sure to log into your NYU Zoom account at nyu.zoom.us before joining. If your preferred settings are still not visible, verify your settings by referring to these instructions: Personalize your NYU Zoom Pronouns and Display Names.
What’s the source of the default names in my NYU Zoom Profile?
By default, your NYU Zoom Display Name, as well as your First Name and Last Name, are populated automatically from your Preferred Name in either NYU Albert (students) or NYU PeopleSync (faculty and staff).
Will the pronouns I input in Albert match the Pronouns field in NYU Zoom?
No. The Pronouns field in NYU Zoom does not pull information from Albert, PeopleSync, or other systems. Likewise, pronoun edits in your Zoom Profile do not update records in Albert, PeopleSync, or other systems.
Does changing my Display Name affect how others access my NetID and Preferred Name?
Updating your NYU Zoom Display Name will change how your name appears to hosts and participants within meetings, but will continue to be connected to your NYU NetID, your official identifier in all NYU IT services. Your NYU NetID and Preferred Name are also accessible to NYU Zoom administrators and instructors/meeting hosts via meeting reports.
For students, we encourage you to connect with your instructor if you use a Display Name that is different from your Preferred Name in Albert to ensure that your class attendance is reflected correctly.
Where can I get support if I have more questions?
If you or your community members have questions about NYU Zoom, please refer to the NYU Zoom service page or contact the NYU IT Service Desk. You may also wish to explore the resources on NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation website.