Shanti Scott

Shanti Scott
Hall Director
Phone: (603) 862-2268
Office: UNH Residential Life, Hitchcock Hall, 13 A Hitchcock Hall - 5 Quad Way, Durham, NH 03824


  • B.A., Women's Studies, University of New Hampshire 
  • Minor, Nutrition & Psychology, University of New Hampshire

About Me


Why did you choose to become a hall director?
I’m twenty-eight years old and the last decade has been a roller coaster of adventure, exploration, and learning! I’ve worked with youth in a variety of settings from Outdoor Education, Wilderness Therapy, Residential Treatment, to International Youth Exchanges. I’ve come across so many complex dynamics to “Adulting” that aren’t necessarily taught in the classroom. Financial literacy, self-awareness, inclusivity, equity, empathy, and integrity are all experientially learned. My passion is supporting students during transitional life phases. In this role, I have the profound opportunity to help build resilience, belonging, self-expressed and empowered citizens!

Why did you choose to work at Res Life at UNH?
The biggest impact we are capable of making is within the communities we’ve grown up in. UNH is Home. This place is where I authentically stepped into myself, formed lifelong connections, and found interdependence. Since graduating, I’ve traveled to four continents and consistently return to the seacoast. At some point, we stop seeking outward experiences to fill our cup. Rather, we go inward to find what sparks joy?  Facilitating dialogue, creating healthy environments for growth, and developing structures for success does that. Coupled with the unconditional support of a remarkable department of committed colleagues, it's a GREAT day to be a Wildcat!

What advice would you give to students?
Explore, be curious and create! This is a monumental time in life to experience new realms, make mistakes, fall short, ask for help, cross the finish line, and accomplish beyond what you can even perceive is possible. Life boils down to context and perspective. Show up for uncomfortable conversations and engage openly. Listen not to respond. Trust the process. Know that you are fully supported.