- University Commission on Equity and Diversity serves as the central organizational structure to direct, monitor, advance, and support diversity efforts at the University. Monica Chiu, Interim Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity
On-Campus Professional Development
- The UNH Social Justice Educator Training (SJE) is a professional development opportunity for UNH faculty, staff and graduate students to further diversity awareness, knowledge and skill sets allowing for critical analysis of the services we provide, and of the relational dynamics we seek in a diverse institution. We will explore “social justice” via personal and institutional lenses to analyze: power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice, inclusion and equity through the multiple social identities of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, nationality, ethnicity, ability (physical and mental), religion, etc. This process will include open and honest discussions, readings, and interactive/experiential activities in a respectful environment. The eight-hour training which is divided into two days is facilitated in a small-group setting (maximum of 25). More information about SJE...
- The UNH Safe Zones Trainings are professional development opportunities for UNH faculty, staff, and graduate students to advance awareness, knowledge, and skills around the services and support that we provide to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and colleagues. To inquire about attending or scheduling an upcoming Safe Zones Training, please send an EMAIL to Ellen Semran, Safe Zones Coordinator. More information about UNH Safe Zones...
- Anti-Racism Training is for anyone who wants to further explore whiteness as a socially constructed racial identity, the messages learned about being white and the actions one can take to be an ally across racial differences. We will outline the concept of privilege and explore the cost of internalized dominance, its impacts on our lives, and the current bias in our systems based on privilege and inequity. This session will particularly benefit those who are interested in exploring racism through a new lens and would like to have a greater understanding of their role in creating inclusive, anti-racist organizations and learning communities. Colleagues of all racial and ethnic identities are invited and welcome to participate. For more information or to discuss setting up a workshop please contact Michele Holt-Shannon by EMAIL.
- Identifying "At Risk" Students Training explores the signs and cues of students who might be "at risk" of harming themselves or others in their community. It can be completed in an hour but an hour and a half is preferable. It is basic and very informative. for more information and to schedule a session, contact Dr. David Cross in the UNH Counseling Center at 862-2090, or by EMAIL.
- Religious Diversity Workshops will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about students who come from diverse religious backgrounds/practices and their experiences as members of the UNH community. It will increase sensitivity and knowledge of spiritual and religious issues and discuss ways to be supportive of religious diversity. It will provide information on various religious and spiritual practices, and resource/referral information. This program will encourage discussion and learning through the use of a video, case studies and educational handouts. Contact Kathleen Grace-Bishop in Health Services by EMAIL.
- Working with Low-income, First-Generation College Students is a one-and-a-half hour workshop identifying issues distinctive to the 40% of UNH undergraduates who are low-income students and/or among the first in their families on the college track. From this interactive workshop participants will take away insights, tools, and resources for teaching, advising, counseling, and working with this population. Ideal for groups of 8-20 people; to reserve this workshop for your staff, please contact Dan Gordon in the Upward Bound Office by EMAIL, or Randy Schroeder in CFAR by EMAIL.
- Working with International Students is a one to one and a half hour presentation that covers the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) services and programs, information about international students at UNH and transition/adjustment issues from the student’s perspective. Strategies for developing more positive interactions with the international community will be discussed. Presentation can be customized to address department-specific concerns and interests. Contact Leila Paje-Manalo in the OISS Office by EMAIL.
- Working with Students with Disabilities is a presentation that provides an overview of various disabilities and how they impact students on a college campus. Relevant laws and policies with respect to supporting students with disabilities, issues and protecting their confidentiality are discussed. Activities will address common questions such as those relating to the validity of extended examination time for some individuals with disabilities. For more information, contact Kathy Berger by EMAIL.
- Working with Student Veterans is a one to one-and-a-half hour workshop provideing information about the psychological and social challenges facing student veterans. The workshop uses data gathered from UNH student veterans to discuss three areas: 1) specific demographics and challenges of the UNH student veteran community 2) utilization and levels of satisfaction with UNH services and 3) recommendations for improving UNH services for student veterans. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will develop greater sensitivity to the needs of student veterans as well as learn of valuable resources to help them in their transition to the university. The workshop can be customized to meet specific departmental needs. Contact Dr. David Cross in the UNH Counseling Center at 862-2090, or by EMAIL.
- Bias Gallery: For many years, Residential Life has been collecting reports and artifacts from bias incidents in the residence halls. We’ve put together a large gallery of artifacts which shows the cumulative effect of hate language, prejudice and discrimination at UNH. This program includes a viewing of the bias gallery followed by a guided discussion about how bias affects the students we work with. The program will conclude with ideas for creating a safe and welcoming space for all students at UNH. Shannon Marthouse, Assistant Director of Residential Life, will facilitate this program with a hall director and any size group can be accommodated. For more information, contact Shannon Marthouse at 862-0216 or by EMAIL.
President's Huddleston's Statement on Diversity
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...