When the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women hosted its annual awards program, the focus was on the commitment of faculty, staff and students to the full participation of women at the university.
Jaime Nolan, associate vice president for community, equity and diversity, opened the program on March 30 in the MUB, discussing her recent report to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women and calling for increased women’s involvement in the public sphere.
Prof. Jennifer Borda, in her keynote address for this year’s event, highlighted the need to influence the system from the ground up.
“We need to reform politics at state levels and break other barriers … in our local towns and communities,” she said.
The commission also gave out several awards for outstanding efforts toward making UNH a safer, more welcoming and more inclusive learning community, specifically the Faculty Award to Barbara Jago of UNH Manchester, Stephanie Thomas Staff Award to Linda Guttman of the UNH Counseling Center, Graduate Student Award to Andrea Jilling, Undergraduate Student Award to Shannon Alper and Joyce Gibbs Award to Prevention Innovations Research Center.
The event conluded with a tribute to retiring associate professor of women’s studies and affiliate associate professor of communication Carol Conaway, the first African American woman to earn tenure at UNH, and remarks by the commission’s chairs, Faina Buhker and Amy Oliva.