Status of LGBTQ People
The mission of the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and 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.
The LGBTQ+ Commission achieves this mission by monitoring the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer faculty, students and staff, reviewing the policies and programs that might affect this community, and advising and assisting the university President, and the Associate Vice President of the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, on these issues. The commission also provides educational and awareness programs to help encourage an inclusive and equitable climate.
The GLBT Commission was established in 1992 as a Task Force; in 2002, then-President Joan Leitzel authorized the establishment of the commission. The commission changed its name to UNH President's Commission on the Status of LGBTQ+ People in 2015. The Commission meets monthly during the academic year. Its membership includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender and allied university faculty, students, staff and community members who are appointed by the President and the Associate Vice President of the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.
When UNH's first recognized gay student group fought for its rights it paved the way for the rest of the country. Read the story on the history of the GSO.
Members of the Commission
The Commission reviews its membership at the end of the spring semester. Candidates for membership (faculty, staff and students) are recommended by the Commission and appointed by the University President. If you are interested in applying for membership on the LGBTQ+ Commission, please contact us at (603) 862-1058 or via email.
In addition to the official membership opportunity, another way to get involved in the work of the Commission is to join one of its working groups. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about current efforts.
Members of the UNH LGBTQ+ Commission
- Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon: Co-Chair, Male Victim Program Coordinator and Educator, SHARPP
- Holly Cashman: Co-Chair, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish
- Kyle Belmont, Social Media Producer, UNH Cooperative Extension
- John Berst, Assistant Professor, Dept of Theater & Dance
- Della Burke, Sociology, PhD candidate
- Paul Chapman, Director Strength and Conditioning, Dept of Athletics
- Kelly Ducharme, Applications Portfolio Mgr, IT Enterprise Computing
- Emily Dunlop, Undergrad student
- Lillian Gilbert, Undergrad student, Alliance Rep
- Ellen Musinsky, Professor Emerita, School of Law
- Kiley Remiszewski, Natural Resources & Earth Systems Science, PhD candidate
- Elena Ryan, Undergrad student
- Erica Vazza, Residence Hall Director
- Mary Young, Communications Project Mgr, Services Enhancement Initiatives, UNHM
- Lu Ferrell, Associate Director of OMSA and LGBTQ Coordinator
- Donna Marie Sorrentino, Director, Affimative Action & Equity Office
- Sylvia Foster, Educational Program Coordinator, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
- Janice Pierson, Administrative Coordinator, Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
Policies and Procedures
September - June cycle
LGBTQA+ Pancake Breakfast
Tues, April 10, 8-9:30am
MUB, Granite State Rm
Celebrating 25+ years of coming together and recognizing the accomplishments of the LGBTQA+ community. Keynote speaker, Pierre Berastain assistant director of innovation and engagement at the Casa de Esperanza National Latin Network, the national institute on domestic violence in the Latino community will focus his talk on "Breaking Fast: How to Preserve the Self". All are welcome to attend.
2018 Kidder Distinguished Lecture Series
Tues, April 10, 4-5pm
Keynote speaker is Pierre Berastain The Demons in My Sleep: Sexual Assault, the DREAM Act, and Uncertainty . Pierre earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and currently serves as the assistant director of innovation and engagement at the Casa de Esperanza National Latin Network, the national institute on domestic violence in the Latino community. His areas of expertise and experience include issues of social justice, specifically as related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and the intersection of LGBT identity, immigration experience and violence