UNH's Commitment to Diversity
Career and Professional Success believes deeply in the University of New Hampshire's Commitment to Diversity. With input from our students, community, and stakeholders, we have developed a number of programs, resources, and guides to help students, alumni, and employers explore career and academic diversity topics, build competency in equity and inclusion, and understand the rights and legal protections of all parties throughout the hiring process and in the workplace.
The Career and Professional Success (CaPS) team, joining with the Affirmative Action and Equity Office (AA&EO), is committed to supporting and responding to concerns of discriminatory harassment, sexual violence and/or sexual harassment, bias, hate crimes, bullying or retaliation. If you as a student or alumni have experienced or think you may have experienced any form of such conduct, please report the incident to UNH’s Affirmative Action and Equity Office here and/or contact the Career and Professional Success team at email@example.com, (603) 862-2070, or reach out directly to a trusted member of the CaPS team. Together, AA&EO and CaPS will work with you to address the matter and offer the support you may need.
Employer Diversity & Inclusion Champion Program
This program recognizes employer partners who demonstrate the utmost devotion to social justice and equality through tangible actions. With this recognition, students can easily search, identify, and connect with organizations committed to making progress on this criteria.
To see the detailed evaluation criteria Career and Professional Success uses to assess employer applications, visit: unhcaps.info/employerdei
Careers & Disabilities
You have the skills, experience, personal qualities, and enthusiasm an employer is looking for. You might also have a disability. If this is the case, it’s important to take some additional steps to ensure a successful job search. Our staff can help students and alumni with various disabilities explore and implement career goals and opportunities.
If you have a disability that impacts your ability to take a standardized test, you may be eligible for accommodations. Contact information for various standardized tests is detailed below.
If you plan to request an accommodation for a standardized test, don’t forget that requests must be made early. Many standardized tests require extensive documentation, and often the approval process is quite long. Updated information or new testing may be required as documentation already on file at UNH may not be sufficient. You will want to check with the appropriate organization to determine what is the appropriate evaluating group.
- Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides University of New Hampshire students who have documented disabilities with accommodations, academic services, and auxiliary aids necessary to promote equal access to the classroom as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- AccessComputing: a National Science Foundation funded project, aims to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing careers by providing mentoring and funding for career development activities for students with disabilities computing-related fields.
- Ability Hub: Assistive Technology information for people with disabilities including information about adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
- American Foundation for the Blind Career Connect
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DOIT): Serves to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers and promotes the use of accessible information through technology and universal design.
disABLEDperson.com receives thousands of new jobs every day in every state and most cities in the U.S. All type of job categories are posted.
- EntryPoint Internships: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers an internship program for college students with disabilities majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics or physical science.
- Getting Hired: Careers & Community for Talented People with Disabilities
- JAN Entrepreneurship: provides information, counseling, and referrals about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN): a free consulting service providing individualized worksite accommodation solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and education regarding self-employment options.
- JobTIPS: JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.
- JOFDAV: Job opportunities for disabled American Veterans
- Office of Disability Employment Policy: A U.S. Government Online Resources for Americans with Disabilities; see the employment section for news, resources, and training.
- Vocational Rehabilitation NH: Assists eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities secure suitable employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services.
- Work Incentives Resource Center (WIRC): New Hampshire's online destination for information about benefits planning and work incentives for individuals with disabilities.
- Work Support: Information, resources, and research about work and disability issues.
Career Resources for International Students
Career and Professional Success provides support and resources to all UNH international undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the on-line information and links found here students are welcome to make appointments with career advisors. We can discuss job & internship searching, resume writing, interview preparation and more.
If your goal is to work in the U.S. either while studying at UNH or after you graduate you will need to be very familiar with the laws and visa regulations. You can discuss some of this with the career advisors at the UACC but you should work closely with the staff at the Office of Students and Scholars in Thompson Hall.
UNH subscribes to GoinGlobal. This database can be helpful in identifying potential employers who have hired international students to work in the US as well as other countries in the past. It is not a database of currently open jobs. *Log in through Handshake is required at this time.
- How To Use the H1B Visa Employer Search in Goinglobal
- The Career & Internship Fairs host employers who indicate that they hire international students. Check the fair directory in Handshake fair for that information.
- Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS): visas, employment, legal, transition issues. Contacts: Thuy Nquyen, Leila Paje-Manalo, Elizabeth Webber
- English as a Second Language (ESL): questions about English proficiency, language acquisition & English language learners. Contact: Katherine Earley
- Navitas: student recruitment and support. Contacts: Sarah Spates, Bobbi Gerry
- Counseling Center: adjustment, support.
- Memorial Union Building (MUB) Student Organizations and Leadership Education & Training. Contact: Maryanne Lustgraaf
- Writing Center: for students no longer enrolled in ESL classes. Contact: Edward Mueller
- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA): support and programs for multicultural students. Contact: Sean McGhee
- Residential Life: on-campus residences. Contact: Mary Faucher
- Health Services: health care for UNH students and a faculty staff clinic. Contact: Kevin Charles
- Disability Services for Students: for all students with documented disabilities. Contact: Michael Shuttic
- Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP). Contact: Amy Culp
- UNH Police. Contact: Paul Dean
- UNH Chaplains
- Interpreters/Translators servicing UNH students: The Lutheran Social Services Language Bank, Southern NH Area Health Education Center
Career Resources for Service Members & Veterans
Career and Professional Success helps UNH students and alumni identify, explore, and implement their educational and career goals. Service members and Veterans are encouraged to take full advantage of these services and are welcome to consult with our office for needs specific to their unique backgrounds and talents, acquired from military service.
Additionally, there are other great resources that we would like to highlight:
- Skills Calculator: translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities.
- Develop a “Civilian Friendly” Resume: To compete for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to adapt your resume language to civilian terms. For help in doing so, go to online.onetcenter.org and click on “Crosswalk Search” to enter your military job code. This tool will translate your military assignment into a civilian occupation with key words to help you write effective bullet statements.
- How to Create a Persuasive Resume
- Know Your Rights: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a broad law with implications for returning service members, including protection from job discrimination.
- Veteran Retraining Assistance
- Preferences for Federal Employment
- Make the Connection: Shared experiences and support for service members and their families
- Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
- Women Veterans
- Related Civilian Occupations for Military Skills
- MyHealtheVet: Download your military employment experience to share with employers
Career Resources for Women
Women have made great strides in education and the workplace. More women are pursuing higher education, and the percentages of women in both the workforce and management roles continues to increase.
However, there is still more to do. As noted on Equal Pay Challenge:
“Nearly 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, on average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs – that’s called the pay gap. It means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she’s likely to start from a lower base salary, but it also means that over time the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become wider and wider.
“For the average working woman, the pay gap means $150 less in her weekly paycheck, $8,000 less at the end of the year, and $380,000 less over her lifetime. For women of color and women with disabilities, the disparity is even bigger.”
Use your time at UNH to prepare for your career: explore internship and volunteer experiences, pursue leadership opportunities, research, network, find mentors, and take advantage of Career and Professional Success.
Career Resources for People of Color
The Beauregard Center provides information, support, and programming.
In addition, a variety of career and networking resources can be found at the following sites:
Equal Opportunity Publications
Minority Professional Network
MINORITIES IN MEDIA
Glassdoor.com - allows you read employee reviews of various companies and gain insight into a the company culture.
Understanding and Dealing with Discrimination in the Workplace
Opportunities for Cultural Development
Employer surveys routinely rank ability to work successfully with those who are different from you as a top competency in new employees. Here in Career and Professional Success, we work to help students develop into dynamic, well-rounded candidates for the workforce. There are many opportunities both in and out of the classroom students can take advantage of to help develop cultural awareness; below is a centralized list of what UNH has to offer:
“UNH has thriving student organizations that are collaborating on programs, events, and community building promoting diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion. Experience the cultural diversity at the University of New Hampshire today as expressed through its many multicultural student organizations. Any UNH student is welcome to join any of these student organizations!” - The Beauregard Center
The act of volunteering can be used as a tool to develop and broaden a person’s understanding of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice; as well as, create opportunities to build relationships, and establish a community network. The goal of working with diverse populations and integrating multiculturalism into volunteering is to help students improve their social, intellectual, and interpersonal skills while developing a stronger understanding of the cultural impact of privilege, underrepresented identities, and the intersectionality of identities.