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President's Commissions

The commissions work with other organizations, individuals, offices/depts., and administrative groups at UNH to recommend policies and programs that promote diversity of culture, curriculum and ideas among students, staff and administration at UNH. The commissions provide a forum for discussion and assessment of diversity and inclusion related issues and opportunities that are relevant to the campus community. Each commission is comprised of staff, students, faculty and community member volunteers who meet monthly.

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Status of People of Color

The UNH President's Commission on the Status of People of Color proposes, recommends, and evaluates programs, policies, and services aimed at enhancing diversity and supporting people of color within the UNH community. The commission acts to ensure implementation of goals to increase campus diversity through minority student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention, and through curriculum development.

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Status of People with Disabilities

The mission of the President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire.  The Commission acknowledges that people with disabilities are a diverse group that includes individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

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Status of LGBTQ

The mission of the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ People is to facilitate the development of a university community that is equitable and inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender expressions through advocacy, education, assessment, and activism.

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Status of Women at UNH

The UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women was established February 15, 1972, to explore conditions and attitudes within the University of New Hampshire, relating to the mobility and functional equality of women, and to encourage movement toward the goal of full participation of women.

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  • Jane Stapleton

    Jane Stapleton

    Jane Stapleton, co-director of UNH's Prevention Innovations: Research and Practices for Ending Violence Against Women, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) June 2014. Her testimony was part of a full committee hearing looking at sexual assault on college campuses.

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    "One of the most difficult parts of living with an invisible illness is the stigma associated with it. Are we sick? Are we faking it? Only we can make that call. Our feelings are subjective to our own experiences, so it can be difficult to connect with or understand if you do not have a chronic illness."

  • Aseeb Niazi

    Aseebulla "Aseeb" Niazi '15

    “I was incredibly honored and humbled when I received news that I would be a Rangel Fellow,” Niazi explains. “I have been working toward joining the Foreign Service since my junior year at UNH, and this fellowship is my first step toward achieving that goal.” Only 30 students are selected for fellowships each year from across U.S. and Aseeb was awarded a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship for 2017.

  • Josh Crary

    Josh Crary '10

    Blind Runner Takes on Boston Marathon Challenge

    Born with Choroideremia (CHM), a rare, inherited eye disorder that causes retinal deterioration and blindness, Josh Crary, a graduate of UNH, faces life's challenges with enthusiasm and shares his perspectives on growing up with a disability.

  • Monica Quimby

    Monica Quimby '09

    Monica sustained a spinal cord injury in a skiing accident, she now works as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Maine Community College and works as an advocate for people with disabilities.

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