On April 9, allies and GLBTQ+ faculty, staff and students filled the MUB Granite State Room for their 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast, co-sponsored by the Kidder Fund and the GLBT Commission, comprised of volunteers from across campus, celebrates those who foster awareness of current issues.
Keynote speaker Assistant Mayor of Portsmouth Jim Splaine, was recognized for his career focus in non-profits, which began when he was first elected to the NH State Legislature in1968 while a junior at UNH. He asked his audience members to consider what equal rights means to them. He asked them to reflect on their prejudices and to examine how they learned judgment and prejudice.
President Mark Huddleston presented the Kidder Awards for outstanding efforts in advancing opportunities for those whose sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression differ from the majority in our culture. Faculty Award recipient was Dr. Joelle Ruby Ryan, lecturer in the Women’s Studies Program, who promotes discussion on a variety of social justice and scholarly issues that change the way a student views the world, and helps them to identify all forms of gender oppression. Annie Crossman, senior, was the student award recipient. Annie is a SHARPP Advocate and researcher in the Interpersonal Violence Research Lab with Dr. Katie Edwards, and she related her work to successful trauma recovery among individuals with marginalized social identities.
Commission Co-Chairs Shannon Marthouse and Sem Moundas presented the Pink Triangle Awards for leadership in creating equity and visibility for the GLBTQ+ community to Dr. Holly Cashman, interim Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and Women’s Studies Core Faculty member. Dr. Cashman, who has built awareness of homophobic language embedded in our communication. A Pink Triangle Award also went to Ells Long and Mark Anthony, who founded the UNH Chapter of oSTEM, a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. Two students received Pink Triangles: Ari Schaaff, for her work to produce “It Gets Better UNH” and her research as an Assistant in the IPV Lab on the topic of intimate partner violence within LGBTQ+ relationships. Andres Mejia has bridged understanding of the intersectional issues of LGBTQ+ People of Color and advocated for honoring gender-neutral participants in Diversity Support Coalition programming.
The Commission to address GLBT Issues was established in 2003 to work with allies toward building a stronger, more welcoming community. Commission activities are an integral part of the University’s strategic goal to build inclusive excellence in our learning community.