The commission’s membership has always been comprised of individuals committed to change—changing the racial and ethnic composition of the university community; changing the climate of the university community so that all individuals are welcome, comfortable and successful; changing the interplay between the university and the larger community. These commitments represent large and complicated goals which historically have been a core challenge to the commission’s efforts to be effective and viable as an organization. Our hope is that the efforts and organization outlined below will provide the necessary focus for the commission to be productive and visible on campus relative to the role and experience of people of color at UNH.
New Goals for the coming year
- Campus communication and awareness: climate. This awareness must be coupled with action steps designed to decrease the frequency of racial/bias events, raise awareness about the impact of these events on participants, and develop new norms for our community that help prevent future racially/ethnically charged events from occurring. We might consider working with academic departments to implement various communication vehicles that will appropriately reach different populations on this campus. We may also consider establishing listening sessions with different groups of students. Commission members will develop ways to communicate with various university constituencies in ways that are more intimate and direct—speaking in residence halls, athletic team meetings, MUB gatherings, TNH articles, social network mediums, etc. as a way to reach out directly to students and colleagues.
- Safe Zones model. Another goal for the coming year is the creation of a ‘safe zones’ equivalent program that speaks to the needs of under-represented racial and ethnic minority students to know where they can find an understanding and welcoming person on campus to speak with.
The Demographic Group
Goal: build understanding among all departments, employees re: changing population and the different needs of different students
- UNH to use this information to recruit/retain students/employees
- Accomplish this through standard reports and presentations; develop, deliver awareness presentations to different audiences (student groups, academic and administrative departments) regarding the changing population of NH and New England and the changing needs/challenges facing these groups
The Professional Development Group
- Provide UNH employees with framework for understanding cultural competence
- Insure that UNH employees understand UNH’s expectations re: cultural competency
- Support efforts put forth by others that advance the strategic plan
Recruitment and Retention Group
Goal: engage UNH staff and faculty with the goal of providing support to underrepresented students on campus not affiliated with structured retention programs such as Connect
Objective: continue with formal relationships with organizations that promote post-secondary participation for underrepresented populations.
Political Dialogue Group
Goal: implement programming and services that educates the majority population’s unique responsibility and opportunity to address racism in our society.
- Develop, implement programs that address ‘white privilege awareness’
- Create methods to delivery material to wider audiences
- Develop methods of providing this educational service that are cost effective, sustainable
Goal: continue to work with athletics to insure that under-represented students have positive experiences while at UNH and that athletics is committed to the steps outlined in their NCAA 10-year recertification plan.
Visibility and Publicity Group
Goal: Making the commission more visible using various social and print media formats to enhance communications with constituents.
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