Awards & Achievements

Women's Commission Awards

Women's Commission Awards Winners

  • Student Award: to recognize those who promote community, equity, diversity and inclusion at UNH through their advocacy efforts and in building awareness of current issues.
  • Faculty Award: In recognition of outstanding contributions toward promoting equity and inclusion in women's voices through research, policy changes, curriculum development, advocacy and education.
  • Stephanie Thomas Staff Award: created in honor of former Registrar, Stephanie Thomas, who was a strong advocate for women's rights at UNH. This award in her memory, is given to a UNH staff member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to women's issues and the mission of the Women's Commission.
  • Joyce Gibbs Award for Teams and Organizations: created in 1996 to honor Joyce James Gibbs, who served as a senior administrative assistant to the Women's Commission from 1990 - 1997.  Throughout her life, Joyce was the support and anchor for a wide circle of students, activists, and others in the UNH and Seacoast communities. This award seeks to recognize teams and organizations for their collaborative initiatives, group activism and/or coalition-building in demonstration of commitment and inspiration in support of the mission of the Women's Commission.

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Nomination Form

Deadline for nominations: Midnight, March 11, 2018


Summary of 2018 Award Ceremony and Award Recipients


Achievements Supported by the Women's Commission

  • Development and promotion of Consensual Amorous Relationship Policy
  • Development and promotion of Flexible Work Arrangements Task Force to develop polices and guidelines to support flexible work arrangements
  • Coordinate an annual Women's Commission Awards Event celebrating the lives and contributions of women.
  • Promote the adoption of a university policy on Sexual Harassment. This clear policy statement also includes guidelines and procedures for implementation.
  • Development and promotion of Lactation Policy
  • Educate the university community on issues relating to recruitment, hiring, and retention of women faculty.
  • Promote the adoption of a Non-Sexist Language Policy and "Guidelines for the Use of Non-Sexist Language".
  • Creation of Violence Against Women Committee to educate the university community on issues relating to violence against women.
  • Develop programs for women students in career development, leadership skills, women in science and women's studies.
  • Review and rewrite the UNH maternity policy.
  • Promote development of the UNH Women's Studies Program and the inclusion of a scholarship of women into the curriculum.
  • Promote equity increases to correct salary inequalities.
  • Promote development of child care information, referral network and childcare center.
  • Increase the attention to employment issues for staff women, including pay, upward mobility, recruitment, grievance procedures, and in-service training needs.
  • Advocate the addition of gynecological health care through University Health Services.
  • Review and promote UNH's Affirmative Action Plan.