Advocacy and Action Awards

The University Commission on Community, Equity, and Diversity recognizes the historical significance of these awards as avenues toward building awareness of the good work being done to bring inclusion and equity for all and to reinforce how “difference” in any setting brings value and, furthermore, recognition of this fact helps each member of our university community thrive.

 Award Nominations

Do you know a person or organization promoting empowerment and inclusion?  Awards will be presented to (1) student, (1) staff member, (1) faculty member and (1) group/organization/campus department for their work in advancing equity and inclusion. 

Award Criteria

  • The nominee promotes diversity and inclusion on campus through fostering respectful attitudes, behaviors and standards to lessen fear around difference, build a safer more welcoming campus and build appreciation for the value of diverse heritage and perspectives in our learning community.
  • The nominee has created opportunities to raise awareness of bias.
  • The nominee has provided opportunities in our community for increased engagement, sense of belonging and togetherness for people of all cultural backgrounds.
  • The nominee has made progress with outcomes that make tangible changes for individuals and/ or systems policy and/or procedural levels and practices.
  • The nominee has shown leadership in the development of academic and career opportunities.
  • The nominee has helped build practices that work towards equitable, universally accessible learning, working and living environments.


Highlights from the 2019 Awards

On April 17, The commission presented its Advocacy and Action Awards to those who foster equity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

President Dean opened the program saying, “Equity and inclusion are vital to UNH and to everything we accomplish as an institution.”

Chief Diversity Officer Monica Chiu presented the awards to the 2019 winners:

Faculty Award:  Tobey Partch-Davies of the UNH Institute on Disability; 
Staff Award: Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival, Assistant Director of Residential Life;
Student Award: Emma Chinman, undergraduate major in Social Work and Women’s Studies;
Group Award:  Sam Pazicni and Meg Greenslade, associate professors of Chemistry

Keynote speaker, Fiona Wilson, Executive Director of UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, highlighted UNH’s Semester in the City, a high impact, experiential learning program. “In Changemaker education such as this,” she explained, “students learn to apply their academic learning to concrete projects with community partners while building their skill and sense of freedom to create change for the good of all.” The program sparks this sense of agency among people of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Wilson said that diverse backgrounds aren’t just welcomed, they are vital in creating effective change. She quoted William Sloane Coffin: “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”

The Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity congratulates the awardees. We’re grateful for their work to create an equitable and universally accessible learning community at UNH.