UNH Diversity Statement
The University of New Hampshire is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive. We also are committed to providing open and inclusive access for all alumni, volunteers, learners, employees, and visitors seeking to participate in our programs and activities. We venture to sustain a campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding. We believe diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission and embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves. Here, you belong, and all are welcome.
Statement on Race-neutral Admissions
On June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that race cannot be considered in college admissions decisions. Through our admissions policies at the University of New Hampshire, we strive to enroll students who represent the diversity of experience, background and thought that foster an intellectually stimulating and well-rounded collegiate experience. Since 2012, New Hampshire state law has prohibited preferential treatment based on race and other protected categories in public sector recruiting, hiring, promotion and collegiate admissions. Although the court decision will not impact UNH policies, which are already neutral on race in compliance with state law, we recognize the challenges this decision poses to colleges and universities across the United States and the ways it may impede access for groups already underrepresented in higher education and diminish overall educational experiences.
Diversity is critical to the university’s community to bring together those who have varying values and a range of life experiences to share that can enhance intellectual debate to help our students, and faculty, grow and build new relationships that prepare them for a future and world beyond campus.
Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Reports:
UNH Land, Water & Life Acknowledgement
As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki, and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nebi (water), olakwika (flora), and awaasak (fauna) which the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.
Indigenous Resource Library Guides
Civil Rights & Equity Office
Responsible for oversight of University compliance efforts regarding affirmative action, Title IX, disability laws and regulations, equal employment laws, and campus initiatives.
Office of Community, Equity & Diversity
We develop programs, policies and initiatives that serve to create a welcoming environment of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.