Professional Development for Faculty and Staff


  • Identifying Students at Risk: An Online Training Simulation for Faculty, Staff and Students - see the UNH Counseling Center website for more details.

  • Weight Matters: Exploring Size Diversity, Fat Shaming, and Health At Every Size
    Discrimination based on weight or body size, or weightism, is a serious issue impacting individuals of various races, genders, sexualities and ages in our society. In this 90-minute presentation, we will deconstruct the rhetoric of the “obesity epidemic” and critique current methods of health measurements like the Body Mass Index (BMI), to demonstrate that good health can exist independently of body size.  Health and wellness judged solely upon weight can be a dangerous slope in a world obsessed with attaining the “perfect” body and contribute to the rise of serious mental health conditions like eating disorders.  To promote a more positive body image, Health at Every Size (HAES) principles will be presented, the new peace movement towards health that shows compassion, respect, and critical awareness around societal ideals, and brings to the forefront the many factors that play into well-being.  We will also explore discrimination against People of Size (POS) in education, the workplace and the medical establishment, the Size Acceptance movement and the political activism aimed at challenging sizeism, weightism, body snarking, fat-shaming and deeply-entrenched cultural fatphobia.  This workshop will include video clips, educational handouts and a discussion of strategies and resources aimed at encouraging a paradigm shift in the way participants think about weight. From this interactive workshop, participants will take away insights, tools, and resources for teaching, advising, counseling, and working with people of all shapes and sizes. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their personal attitudes, biases and behaviors related to weight, examine weight-based bias and stigma is a key social justice issue of our time and reflect upon how to nurture an inclusive, supporting and body-positive campus community. Contact the Office of Health Education and Promotion to schedule a session. 603-862-3823
    Joelle Ruby Ryan, Ph.D., Lecturer, Women's Studies Program 

    Maria Caplan, MS, RD, CSSD, Nutrition Educator/Counselor, Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services

    This is a professional development opportunities for UNH faculty and staff to develop a deeper understanding and an increased awareness of the impacts and costs of microaggressions. Microaggressions are subtle statements and behaviors that unconsciously communicate denigrating messages to persons of minority communities.  This presentation will explore the danger of microaggressions and its cumulating effects on those being discriminated against as well as and the psychological dilemmas experienced by both the perpetrators and the recipients of microaggressions.  This one-and-an-half hour presentation is designed to be didactic, interactive, and experiential. The goal is to help faculty and staff understand the importance of these issues by increasing self-awareness of their experiences, behaviors, and interactions with students from these often silenced communities. For more information, please contact Sonya Shropshire, Xiaoyan Fan, or Megan Tucker at the Counseling Center (603) 862-2090.

  • The UNH Social Justice Educator Training (SJE) is a professional development opportunity for UNH faculty, staff and graduate students to further diversity awareness, knowledge and skill sets allowing for critical analysis of the services we provide, and of the relational dynamics we seek in a diverse institution. We will explore “social justice” via personal and institutional lenses to analyze: power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice, inclusion and equity through the multiple social identities of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, nationality, ethnicity, ability (physical and mental), religion, etc. This process will include open and honest discussions, readings, and interactive/experiential activities in a respectful environment. The eight-hour training which is divided into two days is facilitated in a small-group setting (maximum of 25). Click here for more information about SJE...

  • The UNH Safe Zones Trainings are professional development opportunities for UNH faculty, staff, and graduate students to advance awareness, knowledge, and skills around the services and support that we provide to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and colleagues. To inquire about attending or scheduling an upcoming Safe Zones Training, please send an EMAIL to Ellen Semran, Safe Zones Coordinator. Click here for more information about UNH Safe Zones...
  • Anti-Racism Training is for anyone who wants to further explore whiteness as a socially constructed racial identity, the messages learned about being white and the actions one can take to be an ally across racial differences. We will outline the concept of privilege and explore the cost of internalized dominance, its impacts on our lives, and the current bias in our systems based on privilege and inequity. This session will particularly benefit those who are interested in exploring racism through a new lens and would like to have a greater understanding of their role in creating inclusive, anti-racist organizations and learning communities. Colleagues of all racial and ethnic identities are invited and welcome to participate. For more information or to discuss setting up a workshop please contact Sean McGhee, 862-2050 or by EMAIL.
  • Identifying "At Risk" Students Training explores the signs and cues of students who might be "at risk" of harming themselves or others in their community. It can be completed in an hour but an hour and a half is preferable. It is basic and very informative. for more information and to schedule a session, contact Dr. David Cross in the UNH Counseling Center at 862-2090, or by EMAIL.
  • Religious Diversity Workshops will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about students who come from diverse religious backgrounds/practices and their experiences as members of the UNH community. It will increase sensitivity and knowledge of spiritual and religious issues and discuss ways to be supportive of religious diversity. It will provide information on various religious and spiritual practices, and resource/referral information. This program will encourage discussion and learning through the use of a video, case studies and educational handouts. Contact MaryAnne Lustgraaf in the MUB by EMAIL.
  • Working with Low-income, First-Generation College Students is a one-and-a-half hour workshop identifying issues distinctive to the 40% of UNH undergraduates who are low-income students and/or among the first in their families on the college track. From this interactive workshop participants will take away insights, tools, and resources for teaching, advising, counseling, and working with this population. Ideal for groups of 8-20 people; to reserve this workshop for your staff, please contact Dan Gordon in the Upward Bound Office by EMAIL, or Randy Schroeder in CFAR by EMAIL.
  • Working with International Students is a one to one and a half hour presentation that covers the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) services and programs, information about international students at UNH and transition/adjustment issues from the student’s perspective. Strategies for developing more positive interactions with the international community will be discussed. Presentation can be customized to address department-specific concerns and interests. Contact Leila Paje-Manalo in the OISS Office by EMAIL.
  • Working with Students with Disabilities is a presentation that provides an overview of various disabilities and how they impact students on a college campus. Relevant laws and policies with respect to supporting students with disabilities, issues and protecting their confidentiality are discussed. Activities will address common questions such as those relating to the validity of extended examination time for some individuals with disabilities. For more information, contact D.S.S. to inquire about this training. 603-862-2607
  • Working with Student Veterans is a one to one-and-a-half hour workshop provideing information about the psychological and social challenges facing student veterans. The workshop uses data gathered from UNH student veterans to discuss three areas: 1) specific demographics and challenges of the UNH student veteran community 2) utilization and levels of satisfaction with UNH services and 3) recommendations for improving UNH services for student veterans. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will develop greater sensitivity to the needs of student veterans as well as learn of valuable resources to help them in their transition to the university. The workshop can be customized to meet specific departmental needs. Contact Dr. David Cross in the UNH Counseling Center at 862-2090, or by EMAIL.
  • Bias Gallery: For many years, Residential Life has been collecting reports and artifacts from bias incidents in the residence halls. We’ve put together a large gallery of artifacts which shows the cumulative effect of hate language, prejudice and discrimination at UNH. This program includes a viewing of the bias gallery followed by a guided discussion about how bias affects the students we work with. The program will conclude with ideas for creating a safe and welcoming space for all students at UNH. For more information, contact Belle Vukovich Kenoyer at 862-0216 or by EMAIL.