New tool helps Miami students, faculty, and staff share name pronunciation

Miami students now have the ability to record the correct pronunciation of their names and list that pronunciation on their Canvas profile.

NameCoach, a tool that helps provide pronunciation information for student, faculty, and staff names, is now available for Miami users in Canvas and online!

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As colleagues, educators, friends, and learners, interpersonal communication is key for everyone at Miami. Respect and inclusion are key to ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment, and that includes correctly pronouncing our fellow Miamians’ names. Having the tools to correctly pronounce each of our names helps promote an inclusive environment for folks of all socio-cultural identities, and NameCoach is going to help us do that.

With NameCoach, anyone at Miami can record a pronunciation for their name and share it with the community. We have integrated it directly with Canvas so that instructors can see the pronunciations of their students’ names.

There are two ways to record your name with NameCoach:

Please note: To have a pronunciation show up in Canvas, you have to record in Canvas. The direct NameCoach recording will not cross-pollinate.

We hope everyone will find this tool useful and easy to navigate. We’re happy to support inclusive efforts across disciplines and across university affiliations. We’re all Miamians, and we all deserve the respect of having our names accurately pronounced by our colleagues and collaborators.

Go to to get started!