President's Statement on Diversity

Picture of UNH President Mark Huddleston

At the University of New Hampshire, we expect our students, our faculty and our staff not only to embrace diversity, but to celebrate it. Indeed, UNH thrives on diversity. We have students at UNH who are drawn from across this country and throughout the world, representing the full spectrum of racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. Each brings unique insights and experiences that enrich the entire campus community. Our faculty and staff add to that richness with the breadth of their own backgrounds and interests.

Our deep commitment to diversity, and to the values of civility and inclusiveness that nurture diversity, is central to who we are. In fact, diversity is at the core of one of the five principles that frame our Academic Plan: "Our commitment to community demands effective governance, the creation of a civil, respectful climate, and the pursuit of more diverse students, faculty, and staff to better reflect the rapid demographic changes in New Hampshire and beyond." We are leaders in breaking down the barriers that continue to face so many in our culture, particularly members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

This web site is designed as an introduction to some of the initiatives and offices at UNH devoted to ensuring that we do all we can, day in and day out, to honor that commitment. I invite you not only to visit some of the links below, but also to participate in these organizations. From the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity to one of our presidential commissions on underrepresented groups, your input is encouraged. In the end, it is up to all of us to make UNH a fully inclusive community.


Mark W. Huddleston