Commission Related Awards

Do you know a person or organization that promotes empowerment and inclusion?

Below is one of the many ways in which the commissions come together each year to honor students, staff, faculty and organizations seeking to promote a diverse campus community of inclusion.  Please help us honor and celebrate the work to foster continued progress toward respectful attitudes, behaviors and standards and lessen fear around difference.

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Deadline for nominations:
February 19, 2017

The President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities Award

Any or all of the following categories of service to the campus community to include the following:

  • Recognizing the value of people with disabilities in our community
  • Building a community of equity and inclusion in recruitment and retention for people with exceptionalities
  • Fostering understanding of the need for universal access for both people with invisible and/or evident disabilities
  • Raising insight on the issues that people with exceptionalities experience and advocating for changes in policies and procedures
  • Increasing opportunity in educational, employment and campus life program access for people with disabilities
  • Developing and implementing inclusive curriculum on disability-related research and pedagogies

Awards will be presented at the Disability Commission's Student Panel on Access program scheduled for March 1, 2017

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awardees accepting plaque



Deadline for nominations:
March 12, 2017

President's Commission on Status of People of Color Awards

These awards will recognize our community/campus leaders, who are promoting equity and making positive changes for people of color.  Each awardee/group will receive $100.  Each year, (1) student, staff, faculty and group/organization will be recognized.

Student Award:  The award will be given to a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated leadership in inclusive and collaborative efforts to raise awareness about and promote positive change for the experience of people of color on campus. Nominees should be active participants in university life and have acted as a role model in advocating for diversity and inclusion.

Faculty/Staff Award: The award will be given to a current faculty or staff person who has sought out creative ways to foster inclusivity within their assigned work responsibilities.  Nominees should have encouraged and furthered conversations about race within a larger dialogue of social identities; championed issues of social justice, engaged in efforts to infuse issues of diversity and inclusion into their curriculum, teaching, research, advertising, or administrative work; and actively supported initiatives related to supporting people of color on campus.

Organization Award: This award will be given to a UNH organization that has leveraged the resources of the organization to make powerful change in support of people of color on the UNH campus and/or in the local community.  Nominees should have provided or created programming or initiatives aimed at making their community more inclusive and welcoming, and helped to ensure a place or space in which different cultural traditions can flourish, be sustained, and contribute to the education of our community.

Awards will be presented at the CED Colleagues Lunch scheduled for April 5, 2017

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Deadline for nominations: 
March 12, 2017

Bill Kidder LGBTQ+ Awards

The Kidder Fund Awards recognizes one staff member, one faculty member and one student who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding advocacy efforts, foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression at the University of New Hampshire. 

$ 1,500 scholarship for students
$ 500 for staff and faculty professional development

William "Bill" Kidder was an alumnus of UNH.  He served in many positions at the University and most notably as Dean of Students. Bill Kidder died as a result of complications due to AIDS.  He provided this fund as a way to continue his good work. The purpose of the Kidder Fund is to sponsor and encourage educational efforts that will enhance understanding of and advance opportunities for those whose sexual orientations and gender expressions differ from the majority in our culture, to build AIDS awareness, and to demonstrate the constructive contributions this important segment of our society is making.

Pink Triangle Group Award
Created by the President's Commission on the Status of LGBTQ+ People, this award seeks to recognize groups who have supported and advocated on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.

All awards will be presented at the LGBTQ+ Pancake Breakfast scheduled for April 18, 2017.  

Listing of previous Award winners

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Deadline for nominations:
March 12, 2017


Women's Commission Awards

- Student Award: to recognize those who promote community, equity, diversity and inclusion at UNH through their advocacy efforts and in building awareness of current issues.

- Faculty Award: In recognition of outstanding contributions toward promoting equity and inclusion in women's voices through research, policy changes, curriculum development, advocacy and education.

- Stephanie Thomas Staff Award: created in honor of former Registrar, Stephanie Thomas, who was a strong advocate for women's rights at UNH. This award in her memory, is given to a UNH staff member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to women's issues and the mission of the Women's Commission.

Joyce Gibbs Award for Teams and Organizations: created in 1996 to honor Joyce James Gibbs, who served as a senior administrative assistant to the Women's Commission from 1990 - 1997.  Throughout her life, Joyce was the support and anchor for a wide circle of students, activists, and others in the UNH and Seacoast communities. This award seeks to recognize teams and organizations for their collaborative initiatives, group activism and/or coalition-building in demonstration of commitment and inspiration in support of the mission of the Women's Commission.

All awards will be presented at the Women's Commission's Annual Luncheon Celebration, scheduled for late March  2017

Listing of previous award winners

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