"My charge to the presidential Task Force on Campus Climate is to identify issues of race, inclusion and civility on our campuses and to make recommendations for action. I would like the task force to review existing initiatives and to identify any gaps that need to be addressed. The task force should also make recommendations to improve the process by which ongoing efforts are coordinated, monitored, assessed, and communicated to our community. Because the issues the task force must address touch every corner of the university, extensive engagement with our community is essential. I therefore expect the task force to reach out to and involve the entire UNH community in its work. I would ask that a final report be made by January 19, 2018." (President Huddleston's Charge to the Presidential Task Force, August 2017). Read the press release
A preliminary report was released by the task force - the purpose of this report is threefold: 1) to provide a vantage from which to view institutional progress with regard to diversity efforts, 2) to articulate and make visible the challenges and obstacles that may impede further progress and 3) to make recommendations to inform action that addresses challenges and obstacles and that will support and ensure ongoing progress of diversity efforts. The below themes have been identified as relevant to advancing diversity at UNH:
- Connectivity: the need for coordination and linkages between programs and departments.
- The need for structural development and support of pipelines and pathways (internal and external) for both recruitment and retention of faculty, students and staff from underrepresented communities.
- The need for acknowledging and addressing issues of climate.
- The need for ensuring civility.
- Communication: developing clear channels and processes that will simultaneously make UNH's diversity efforts visible to the entire UNH community as well as to the external community and positively impact issues of connectivity. Read the Full Preliminary Report