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Affirmative Action and Equity Office (AAEO) The Affirmative Action and Equity Office is charged with the responsibility to oversee the University's compliance efforts with affirmative action, Title IX, disability laws and regulations (including ADA and Section 504), equal employment laws, and campus initiatives aimed at creating a diverse, welcoming and equitable campus. The Director & Title IX Coordinator of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office provides advice on policies, programs and services to achieve affirmative action goals and enhance the campus climate, and, in addition, handles all complaints of discrimination or harassment under the Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Policy. The Director and the staff of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office serve as a liaison between the President's Office and appropriate governing committees; deliver educational programs, support activities and programs throughout the campus community (for students, faculty and staff) on the issues of equity, diversity and affirmative action, and represent the University with federal and state agencies. Contact information: (603)-862-2930 (voice) / 603-862-1527 (tty) / 7-1-1 (Relay NH)

Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity The Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity is responsible for fostering an environment that appreciates individual differences, values equal opportunity for all, and eliminate barriers based on factors related to race, sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, language, veteran status, and religious belief.
(603) 862-2450

Center for International Education (CIE) The CIE helps hundreds of UNH students every year to travel to destinations all over the world to engage in classes, internships, research, and the experiences of a lifetime. In today's globalized and interdependent world, studying international affairs and having a transnational perspective has never been more vital - or valuable. (603) 862-2398

Clery Act Campus Security Authority

Counseling Center The Counseling Center is the primary mental health facility on campus. They offer a variety of services that are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience. This includes providing counseling and therapy for students who may be experiencing situational or ongoing psychological difficulties, providing programming to meet the developmental needs of the student population, and encouraging a University atmosphere conducive to personal and intellectual growth and psychological well-being. They are fully funded by student fees and clinical services are available to all students who have paid the Health Services/Counseling fee. The Counseling Center is sensitive and committed to diversity and the richness of human differences. Their service and training missions require that staff and clients alike are treated with respect and value across all differences. Thus, the Center's policies, procedures, activities, relationships and interactions with individuals and groups in the campus community are consistent with these values. Faced with increasing global diversity in our everyday lives, the Counseling Center challenges themselves, their clients, and the University community to develop qualities of adaptability, flexibility and versatility so that we may all learn to work effectively with those different from ourselves. They are committed to celebrating the diversity that gender, gender identity and gender expression, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, class, appearance, and abilities bring. Further, they are committed to confronting prejudice, discrimination, and oppression and facilitating healing in our lives, and in the lives of those we serve and train. Contact information: (603) 862-2090

Department of Housing The Department of Housing staffs the un dergraduate apartments with Community Assistants who are primarily focused on overall community development and are dedicated to helping their residents have successful tenures at UNH. Community Assistants are available at any time when the apartments are open, to discuss issues of climate, safety, personal responsibility, and University policies. Contact information: (603) 862-2120

Department of Residential Life The Department of Residential Life staffs the residence halls with professional Residence Hall Directors, Senior Resident Assistants in large halls, and Resident Assistants. They are available at any time when the dorms are open, to discuss issues of climate, safety, personal responsibility, and University policies. Contact information: (603) 862-2268

Disability Services for Students (DSS) Disability Services for Students provides services to students with disabilities to ensure that all University activities and programs are accessible. DSS provides UNH students with documented disabilities those accommodations, academic services, and auxiliary aids necessary to promote equal access to the classroom as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Contact information: (603) 862-2607

Diversity Support Coalition (DSC) The Diversity Support Coalition (DSC) is a student organization at the University of New Hampshire. The DSC seeks to promote, educate and support multiculturalism and diversity issues at UNH through the programming and support of the DSC and its current member groups (Alliance, Black Student Union (BSU), Hillel, Mosaico and the United Asian Coalition (UAC).The DSC is open to all undergraduate students who are interested in multiculturalism and diversity. The DSC addresses the needs of those who are statistically underrepresented because of, and/or affected by, institutionalized oppression based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and expression, ability, native language and/or religion at UNH. These needs include the following:organizing and implementing all-inclusive programs that promote and celebrate the diversity of human culture and identity; a forum for the discussion of diversity and multicultural issues and concerns through several methods including advertised organizational general meetings and educational events; providing education to the university community in order to raise awareness of incidents of harassment and/or assault motivated by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, native language, ability and/or religion.Contact information: (603) 862-3550

Durham Police Department The mission of the Durham Police Department is to improve the quality of life by preserving the peace and safety of the community through the formation of partnerships, creating positive interaction between the public and the police while continuing to serve the unique needs of the Durham community. Contact information: (603) 868-2324

Health Services Health Services promotes, maintains and improves the health and well-being of the University Community in support of the institution’s academic mission. This is accomplished by providing primary health care services, by teaching health care consumerism, illness prevention and health promotion, by providing co-curricular learning opportunities, and through its public health role. Services are student-focused, accessible, cost effective, and provided in a caring and professional manner. Health Services continuously improves the quality of its care and services. Contact information: (603) 862-1530 (voice); (603) 862-0807 (TTY)

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) The GSS is the official voice of UNH's graduate student body. We work hard to advocate for graduate students, representing their interests across UNH and the university system. We also work to engage the state legislature and foster a sense of community and social engagement among graduate students on campus. Contact information:

Human Resources The mission of Human Resources is to be a strategic partner in attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse and high performing workforce. Our Vision is to be a sought after partner to the University community by reaching out to our customers. Our Values are respect, trust, tem-work, being proactive, accountability, work-life balance, collaboration, education. Contact information: Voice: (603) 862-0501 TTY: (603) 862-3227

Know Your Power Campaign The Know Your Power social marketing campaign was developed by a team of university students, staff and faculty. What distinguishes the Know Your Power social marketing campaign from other social marketing campaigns is the extensive evaluation that has been done to assess the effectiveness of the campaign. Results from a campus study indicate that students who are exposed to the campaign exhibit Increased awareness regarding the problems of sexual violence, are more knowledgeable of appropriate bystander behaviors, and are more willing to act as a bystander if the situation warrants. The Know Your Power social marketing campaign is the innovative marketing campaign of the Bringing in the Bystander Project that was developed, administered and evaluated by University of New Hampshire researchers. The Bringing in the Bystander Project has received both national and international attention. The Bringing in the Bystander Project has two components: 1) an in-person prevention program (link to in-person prevention program page on this website) and 2) the Know Your Power social marketing campaign. Both components of the Bringing in the Bystander Project have been evaluated. The Bringing in the Bystander Project gives all community members a specific role, which they can identify with and adopt in preventing the community problem of sexual violence. This role includes interrupting situations that could lead to assault before it happens or during an incident, speaking out against social norms that support sexual violence, and having skills to be an effective and supportive ally to survivors. It is based on studies that point to the role of community norms as a significant cause of sexual violence, particularly in communities like college campuses. The main message is that “Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending sexual violence.” Contact information: email:

Military & Veterans Services is committed to providing support and assistance for veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, and their dependents. Understanding and navigating the various resources available to UNH student veterans can be challengiing. Our office is staffed by professional student affairs staff and student veterans who are here to help. We encourage you to visit our offices for assistance with any student or military-related concern. Contact information: (603) 862-0355

Office of Community Standards The Office of Community Standards provides resources, education, and services that help support the academic mission of the University and foster a community where students can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Staff are available to provide alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for resolving claims of harassment.Community Standards also provides free and confidential mediation services for students, creating a professional, safe, and neutral environment that is conductive to successful and constructive conflict resolution. Contact information: (603) 862-3377

Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) The Office of International Students and Scholars promotes international education at the University by facilitating the enrollment and employment of foreign nationals and by providing them with essential support services. Contact information: (603) 862-1288

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs creates opportunities for people to participate in an inclusive community and to explore and understand diversity, injustice and equity. Staff provide support and development for African American/Black, Latina/o, Native American and Asian/Pacific Islanders, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. Their work is grounded in understanding diversity that includes people of all abilities, ages and ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions/spiritual traditions, socio-economic classes and sexual orientations. Contact information: (603) 862-2050

Office of Student Athlete Development The Office of Student Athlete Development exists to assist UNH student-athletes in learning and perfecting skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, on the playing field, in the university and seacoast community and in life-long endeavors. We coordinate comprehensive, sequential educational programs that enhance personal welfare and growth. In so doing, we utilize the expertise and services of many departments and organizations on campus. Included in these programs are: Health (substance use/abuse, sexually responsible behavior, sport-specific nutrition), Hazing, Diversity and Inclusion (gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation), Career Planning and Preparation, Financial Responsibility, Leadership and Community Service. Contact information:  (603) 862-4051

President's Commission on the Status of Women The UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women was established February 15, 1972, to explore conditions and attitudes within the University of New Hampshire, relating to the mobility and functional equality of women, and to encourage movement toward the goal of full participation of women.Thirty-two years later, the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women continues in its mission to create equal educational and employment opportunities for all UNH women by promoting an environment free of sexism and discrimination, through policy, advocacy and education. Contact information: (603) 862-1058

President's Commission on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues The mission of the UNH President's Commission on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues 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 GLBT 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 on these issues. The commission also provides education and 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 commission. The GLBT Commission meets monthly during the academic year. It's membership includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender and allied university faculty, students, staff and community members who are appointed by the president. Contact information: (603) 862-1058

President's Commission on the Status of People of Color The UNH President's Commission on the Status of People of Color proposes, recommends, and evaluates programs, policies, and services aimed at enhancing diversity and supporting people of color within the UNH community. The commission acts to ensure implementation of goals to increase campus diversity through minority student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention, and through curriculum development. As an advocacy group, the commission identifies, recommends, and supports creative strategies for promoting and supporting campus diversity; it responds to issues, needs, and concerns identified within the community; it works to establish effective and collaborative working relationships between departments, offices, committees, commissions, and special programs that play a role in fostering diversity on campus and ensuring that the environment is supportive of the minority populations. Contact information: (603) 862-1058

President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities The mission of the President's Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff and guests with disabilities at the University of New Hampshire. The Commission acknowledges that people with disabilities are a diverse group that includes individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities. The Commission shall provide a forum for discussion and assessment of disability-related issues and opportunities that are relevant for the campus and larger community. In addition, the Commission shall advise the President, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence, and the Director of Affirmative Action and Equity on disability-related issues, policies, services, attitudes and practices on campus. This mission is motivated by the belief that people with disabilities are assets to our community, adding value and diversity to our living, working and learning environment. Contact information: (603) 862-1058

Safe Zones Program The UNH Safe Zones Program is an educational program to raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Allied issues and contribute to a campus climate of inclusion. Contact information: www:// (603) 862-5053

Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program offers culturally competent awareness and prevention programs to the UNH community, group training and consulting, policy and procedure development, in addition to free and confidential advocacy and direct services to all survivors of sexual violence and their allies. Contact information: (603) 862-3494 (voice); (603) 862-2964 (TTY)

Student Involvement and Leadership The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership encourages UNH students to get involved in co-curricular activities, reaches out to student organizations in order to help them grow organizationally, and provides on-going training and support to all student organizations recognized by the university. Student organizations are actively encouraged to seek out SOS staff when they need help with anything - from leadership development, to organizational consulting, to conflict mediation, to simple logistical information. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is a unifying agent among all recognized student organizations at UNH, setting the stage for collaboration and partnerships. Contact information: (603) 862-4764

University of New Hampshire Police Department The University of New Hampshire Police Department is a 24 hour, 7 day per week service. All officers are sworn police officers with full arrest authority. The mission of the University of New Hampshire Police Department is to support the University in creating an environment that is conducive to higher education by protecting life and property and assisting members of the University community. Contact information: (603) 862-1427

Vice President for Student and Academic Services The mission of the Student and Academic Services is to provide experiences, opportunities and support that encourage students to reach their academic potential and develop the personal and professional skills necessary for participation in a changing world. The Division assists students with enrollment, academic support, community involvement and leadership, personal development, health and wellness, public safety and accountability, and the acquisition of skills and knowledge to realize the richness of learning that can flow from working with people from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings.  The Division of Student and Academic Services is a learning organization that supports the Academic Plan of the University of New Hampshire utilizing strategic partnerships on and off campus; we create an integrated and challenging educational experience, within a supportive environment, that fosters intellectual and personal excellence, responsible citizenship, and a commitment to community.  We value students and the transformative power of education, organizational effectiveness, diversity and multiculturalism, collaboration, coordination and cooperation, respectful treatment of all individuals, open, honest communication and decision-making, and integrity and ethical conduct. Contact information: (603) 862-2053 



Crimes of Hate, Conspiracy of Silence: Torture and Ill-Treatment Based on Sexual Identity (Amnesty International, 2001)

The Hate Within (Legal Times, 2002)

Addressing Hate Crimes: Six Initiatives that are Enhancing the Efforts of Criminal Justice Practitioners (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000)

Cause for Concern: Hate Crimes in America (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 1997)

The Hate that Makes Men Straight (The Village Voice, 1998)


Anti-Defamation League

Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

Human Rights Campaign

Matthew Shepard Foundation: Erase Hate Initiative

National Center for Victims of Crime

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

New Hampshire State Veterans Council

Not In Our Town

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Southern Poverty Law Center

Stalking Resource Center

Stop the Hate

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Public Education Campaign to End Campus Anti-Semitism

Publications and Reports

Bias-Free Language Guide, UNH Inclusive Excellence website

101 Ways to Combat Prejudice, Barnes & Noble and the Anti-Defamation League

Frontline: Assault on Gay America, PBS

Cause for Concern: Hate Crimes in America, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 2003

Uniform Crime Reports (Hate Crimes), Federal Bureau of Investigation

Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism

Hatred in the Hallways, Human Rights Watch

Training and Development

Preventing Youth Hate Crime, U.S. Department of Education

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

Teaching Challenges: Sexual Orientation in the College Classroom

Other Related Links

Hate Crimes Research Network

Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy



University of New Hampshire
Affirmative Action and Equity Office
Thompson Hall 305, 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824-3547
Voice: 603-862-2930 . TTY: 603-862-1527 . Relay NH: 7-1-1 . Fax: 603-862-2936