Diversity & Inclusion

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Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to create a collegial and supportive community that values differences of opinion and disagreement along with civility and consensus, and in which all of its members are valued for their contributions and are appropriately recognized and rewarded for what they do.

Diversity: A UNH Community Value

We are committed to supporting and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable. The values of diversity, inclusion and equity are inextricably linked to our mission of teaching and research excellence and we embrace these values as being critical to development, learning, and success.

  • We expect nothing less than an accessible, multicultural community in which civility and respect are fostered, and discrimination and harassment are not tolerated.
  • We will ensure that under-represented groups and those who experience systemic inequity will have equal opportunities and feel welcome on our campus.
  • We accept the responsibility of teaching and learning in a diverse democracy where social justice serves as a bridge between a quality liberal education and civic engagement.

The Office of Student Development & Involvement is committed to diversity and inclusivity. From Arabic translations to ASL club events, from Belly Dancing to Calling All Cultures events, our office here supporting all endeavors.

Examples of student engagement have included:

  • Access, Leadership and Empowerment Conference hosted by the NH College & University Council
  • Student American Sign Language Club
  • Common Ground Student Club (GLBTQA+) 
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Students in Action: Service Club
  • Student Veterans of America Chapter

A critical component of a liberal education is the capacity to see human experience from the point of view of others who encounter and interpret the world in significantly different ways.

The courses listed below contain components that center on diversity and inclusion. Focus areas may include populations like minorities or impoverished groups; relationships between gender, culture and power; and the privilege and marginalization in the economics, politics or ecology of societies.

ANTH 411                            Global Perspectives on the Human Condition

ASL 435                                 Introduction to American Sign Language I

ASL 436                                 American Sign Language II

ASL 531                                 American Sign Language III

ASL 532                                 American Sign Language IV

ASL 599                                 Special Topics in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies

ASL 621                                 American Sign Language Discourse I

ASL 622                                 American Sign Language Discourse II

BUS 705                                Business Ethics

CA 501                                  Internship/Communication in the Urban Community

CA 502                                  Image and Sound

CA 539                                  Communicating in Families

CA 536                                  LGBT Images and Perspectives

CA 540                                  Public Relations

CA 601                                  Exploring Relationships

CA 612                                  Narrative

CHIN 401                              Elementary Chinese I

CHIN 401                              Elementary Chinese II

CHIN 503                              Intermediate Chinese I

CHIN 504                              Intermediate Chinese II

CMN 455                              Introduction to Media Studies

CMN 456                              Propaganda and Persuasion

CMN 457                              Introduction to Language and Social Interaction

COMP 560                           Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age

ECN 640                                Business Law and Economics

EDU 500                               Exploring Teaching

EDUC 703F/803F               Teaching Elementary School Science

EDUC 703M/803M           Teaching Elementary Social Studies

EDUC 700/800                    Educational Structure and Change

EDUC 897                             Language and Culture in Schools

EDUC 957                             Collaborative Models of Teaching, Learning and Leading

ENGL 595                             Writing Fiction – Topic Dependent

ENGL 681                             Introduction to African Literatures in English      

ENGL 785                             Major Women Writers

ENGL 787                             Culture and Theory in Digital Age

ENGL 792/892                    Teaching Literature and Literacy

ENGL 797/800                    Women Behaving Badly

ENGL 994                             Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

FREN 401                             Elementary French I

FREN 402                             Elementary French II

GEOG 401                            Regional Geography of the Non-Western World

HIST 421                               World History to the 16th Century

HIST 425                               Islamic Civilization

HIST 425W                           Foreign Cultures/Egypt

HIST 435W                           Origins of European Society

HIST 600                               Exploring War and Political Violence in Modern History

HLS 580                                 Environmental and Human Security

INTR 430                              Introduction to Interpretation

INTR 438                              A Socio/Cultural Perspective on the Deaf Community

INTR 439                              Ethics and Professional Standards for Interpreters

INTR 539                              Comparative Linguistic Analysis for Interpreters

INTR 540                              Translation

INTR 599                              Interpreting in Classroom: K-12

INTR 599                              Frozen Text Translation

INTR 630                              Consecutive Interpretation I

INTR 636                              Consecutive Interpretation II

INTR 732                              Simultaneous Interpretation

INTR 734                              Field Experience and Seminar I

INTR 735                              Field Experience and Seminar II

ITAL 401                               Elementary Italian I

ITAL 402                               Elementary Italian II

MUSI 401                             Introduction to Music

MUSI 405                             Survey of Music in America

PHIL 430                               Ethics and Society

PHIL 436                               Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 450                               Environmental Ethics

PHP 900                                Public Health Care Systems

PHP 902                                Environmental Health

PHP 904                                Social and Behavioral Health

PHP 905                                Public Health Administration

PHP 907                                Public Health Policy

PHP 908                                Public Health Ethics

PHP 922                                Public Health Economics

PHP 936                                Global Public Health

POLT 402                              American Politics and Government

POLT 403                              US in World Affairs

POLT 507                              Politics of Crime and Justice

PS 407                                   Politics Law and Contemporary Society

PS 505                                   Political Violence and Terrorism

PS 508                                   Supreme Court in US Society

PS 510                                   Politics of Food

PS 514                                   Model United Nations

PS 651                                   International Human Rights**

PS 702                                   International Relations – Interdisciplinary Approach

SOC 400                                Introductory Sociology

SPAN 401                             Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 402                             Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 403                             Review of Spanish

SPAN 503                             Intermediate Spanish

THDA 441                             Exploring Musical Theater

USMT 526                            Social Justice and Student Leadership


**Topic will vary from semester to semester while maintaining a diversity component.

This is a standing committee of the college, made up of faculty, staff and students whose mission is to support the college community in cultivating a climate that promotes human dignity and human rights, intellectual honesty and civil discourse, mutual respect and an appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual.

The Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Committee:

  • Promotes inclusion and equity and values the richness of diverse perspectives and cultures in our academic and co-curricular programs, our courses, workshops, lectures, and other aspects of campus and extra-curricular life.
  • Monitors the College climate, policies, practices, and perceptions to support diversity and advocate inclusivity at the College.
  • Consults and collaborates with other committees, offices, and organizations to accomplish these ends.
  • Makes recommendations and reports to the Dean.
  • Periodically updates the College on its work, recruits support, and sponsors public programs.

College faculty, staff and students participate in an array of inclusive excellence professional development opportunities for student access, student success and quality learning. An example of these development opportunities are:

Safe Zones Training

UNH's Safe Zones Trainings are professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and 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. 

Social Justice Educator Training 

A professional development opportunity for UNH faculty, staff, and student leaders to further their understanding of social justice and diversity issues. 

The University of New Hampshire is a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran’s status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities.

Inquiries regarding discriminatory harassment should be directed to Donna Marie Sorrentino, Director of Affirmative Action and Equity, Room 305 Thompson Hall, 105 Main Street, Durham, N.H. 03824, phone (603) 862-2930 (Voice) or (603) 862-1527 (TTY), fax (603) 862-2936; or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, phone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150.

There are various grievance procedures to provide for the resolution of complaints under this policy. Information may be obtained at the Affirmative Action and Equity Office or on the Affirmative Action and Equity Web site.

Creating a Safe Campus at UNH

UNH seeks to make our campus a safe and supportive environment that cultivates learning and personal growth for all students. As part of our commitment and to comply with recent federal mandates, all entering students are required to participate in a module “Creating a Safe Campus at UNH”. The module covers federal and New Hampshire law and UNH rights, rules, responsibilities and resources concerning sexual violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and unwanted sexual contact, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

UNH Manchester works with the Director of Affirmative Action and Equity and Title IX Compliance coordinator on matters relating to Title IX.

reportit! at UNH is the place to report and learn about incidents of bias or hate, discrimination and/or harassment directed to members of our UNH community and guests. Anonymous reports may be submitted. By submitting a report or learning more about this type of behavior, you help us to improve our campus and community climate.

If you have observed or experienced an incident of bias or hate, discrimination and/or harassment, please report the incident using the reportit!_form or contact the Affirmative Action and Equity Office at affirmaction.equity@unh.edu or (603) 862-2930 Voice / (603) 862-1527 TTY / 7-1-1 Relay NH.

reportit! is a collaboration of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office, Student and Academic Services, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the President's Commissions. The reportit! initiative began in 2002 in order to provide the UNH community with additional ways to report incidents of hate, bias, discrimination and harassment.

The University of New Hampshire is committed to creating and ensuring a safe, welcoming and equitable campus.