University Commission on Community, Equity and Diversity


To provide university-wide leadership in support of institutional diversity and a welcoming, inclusive campus. To recognize diversity as a source of excellence, enrichment, and strength for all members of the university community. The Commission’s efforts are to create a welcoming and inclusive campus grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue, and evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction (Pres James Dean, email 7.8.19).
The Commission is formed around a common bond and a commitment to the advancement of historically marginalized/underrepresented groups, challenging stereotypes, eradicating systemic inequalities and oppression, and creating a campus climate of respect for all students, staff and faculty.

Mission of the University Commission on Community, Equity, and Diversity

To work collaboratively with the Inclusion Council and the CED Office on issues of diversity and inequity. To create working groups and committees involved in awareness-building programming; and submit proposals for services, policy changes and practices that build safer, more welcoming, universally accessible learning, working and living environments free of physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers.

  • To monitor campus for both discriminatory incidents and evidence of progress, sharing issues/concerns with CED, and recommending action(s) to the Inclusion Council and other UNH governance groups.
  • To act as a resource/source for action items as identified by the President and/or other UNH governance groups.

AY 2020-2021 Commission Membership

Seat Rep/s
Community, Equity, and Diversity  Nadine Petty
Interium Dean of Students Shari Robinson 
Academic Success/TRIO, Student Support Services,   Dawna Perez             
Admissions Richard Haynes
Affirmative Action & Equity Office Julie Chen
Alumni Relations Paul Chiarantona
Athletics Jordan Long
Beauregard Center Cache Owens-Velasquez, 
Lu Butterfield-Ferrell,                    Jace Jones
Campus Recreation Kayode Lewis
Career and Professional Success (CaPS) Riannon Nute
Communication & Public Affairs Jim Graham
CONNECT Funmi Oyekunle
Engagement & Faculty Development Leslie Couse
Health & Wellness Dawn Zitney
Human Resources Kimberly Jennison,        
Carrie Grube,              
Anna Dulude
Military and Veteran's Affairs Penny Watson
Office International Students & Scholars Brandon Byrd
Residential Life Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival 
SHARPP Julia Kelley-Vail
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Scott Lapinski
Student Life, Greek Affairs Jamie Silverstein
Graduate Student Senate Emily Whalen
UG Student Senate Nick Fitzgerald
UG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council Tejun Celestin
Undergrad student  Elza Brechbuhl
OS Council Betty Schmid
PAT Council Liz Fowler                      
Post-Doctoral Affairs Mike Alvarez
Faculty Senate Don Robin
CEPS Faculty or Assoc Dean Julie Bryce
CEPS Staff Caitlin Baldwin
COLA Faculty or Assoc Dean Holly Cashman
COLA staff Avary Thorne
COLSA Faculty or Assoc Dean open seat
COLSA Staff open seat
Health & Human Services, faculty or Assoc Dean Kelsey Boucher
Health & Human Services, Staff open seat
Paul College Faculty or Assoc Dean Victoria Parker
Paul College, Staff Tamara Rury
UNH Law School Kathy Fletcher
UNH Manchester open seat
Ex-Officio, CED Allyson Ryder
Ex-Officio, CED Janice Pierson