Office of Community, Equity and Diversity

Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
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The Office of Community, Equity and Diversity inspires individual and community growth toward building an inclusive and equitable living and learning environment. We encourage our campus and community partners  to understand themselves and others through self-reflection and collaborative work. Our programs and practices, grounded in anti-discrimination and anti-racism, cultivate opportunities for all to flourish.


Nadine Petty

Nadine Petty, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion \ Chief Diversity Officer

Having spent her early formative years in Jamaica, Dr. Nadine Petty comes to UNH with an international lens. Nadine has over twenty five years of experience in educational settings, including eighteen years in higher education. For the majority of her personal life and professional career, she has devoted herself to a wide-range of diversity and social justice causes and endeavors which include teaching cultural ethnography in college classrooms, serving on and leading various diversity-related committees and boards, creating and strengthening services for individuals with marginalized identities, and providing numerous interactive diversity and social justice workshops and trainings to students, colleagues, and community members.

Prior to arriving at UNH, Nadine served as Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Enrichment at the University of Iowa, where she led a large team of staff dedicated to the success of students with marginalized identities. Although she has been immersed in diversity, equity, and inclusion work for many years, Nadine believes she has only begun to scratch the surface of available knowledge and research, viewing herself as a lifelong learner and devotee of diversity and social justice issues. Nadine looks forward to working with her UNH colleagues in bridging gaps and creating meaningful impact, so that UNH can continue to develop its presence and identify as a highly informed and compassionate campus community where students, faculty, and staff can thrive, regardless of our backgrounds.

Campus Climate

During spring 2019 UNH-administered a campus climate survey asking all students, staff, and faculty to share their perspectives on what it is like to live, learn and work at the university. UNH developed a list of action steps based on feedback received from this study.


If you are interested in assisting UNH and the Office of Community, Equity & Diversity with creating a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body and with creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus community, please consider making a donation.


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Learn how our office can help you fund initiatives that promote OCED’s mission to provide central leadership for campus-wide equity and inclusion policies and programs in support of UNH’s educational mission and strategic plan.



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Access our index of common terms used in conversations about diversity and social justice

DEI Terminology

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View a map of gender-inclusive restrooms on the UNH-Durham campus

Gender INCLUSIVE Restrooms

Students discussing a presentation
  • Learn about pronoun usage, why it matters & how to diversify your tech
  • Learn more about preferred name and how to make changes

Pronoun and preferred name Usage/changes

UNH Anti-Violence rally and walk

Know Your Rights: First Amendment, Free Speech & Intellectual Freedom

Understanding Free Speech