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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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University of New Hampshire
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jaime Nolan
Associate Vice President
Community, Equity and Diversity
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Statement of Nondiscrimination
The University of New Hampshire seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. We are committed to enhancing and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive and equitable, and cherish these values as being inextricably linked to our core mission. We are a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal employment and educational opportunity for all qualified persons. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. This applies to admission to, access to, treatment within, or employment in UNH programs or activities.

http://www.unh.edu/affirmativeaction/non-discrimination-statement


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

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.

The Bias Response Protocol provides an organized response to bias incidents (including hate crimes) when they occur, and a mechanism to inform the person or group harmed and the community about the outcomes. Offices such as Affirmative Action and Equity, UNH Police, Community Standards, etc., are designated to receive reports, and respond to incidents and complaints of alleged discrimination and discriminatory harassment.

http://www.unh.edu/affirmativeaction/bias-response-protocol-bias-and-hate-incident-reports

ReportIt! is the place to report and learn about incidents of bias, discrimination and/or harassment. People report incidents by using either ReportIt! Online or contacting the Affirmative Action and Equity Office at 603-862-2930 voice/tty.

http://www.reportit.unh.edu/


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

STUDENTS
McNair Program: Congress established the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986 to honor the memory of the Challenger astronaut and noted laser physicist. This graduate school preparation program is part of the federal TRIO programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Educational Opportunity Centers) and is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The USED provides monies to selected institutions through competitive grants as part of its efforts to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented groups (low-income, first-generation, and/or racial minority) who are interested in pursuing and obtaining doctoral degrees and careers in academia.

The McNair Program at the University of New Hampshire aims to promote and nurture the next generation of faculty, researchers, and scholars by providing academic and social support services in the form of academic year internships and summer research fellowships. The university has been home to the McNair Scholars Program since 1991. The program’s academic internships and summer fellowships are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to eligible undergraduates. http://www.unh.edu/mcnair

The University of New Hampshire Upward Bound program is one of over 700 Upward Bound programs nationwide that help eligible high school students achieve their dreams of going on to and being successful in higher education. The students that Upward Bound serves must come from low-income families (with incomes at or below 150% of poverty) and/or are first generation potential college students (neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor's degree).

The University of New Hampshire has successfully sponsored an Upward Bound project since 1966. A federal TRIO program, UNH Upward Bound is 100% funded by the US Department of Education through a competitive grant competition every four years. As one of only two Upward Bound projects in New Hampshire, UNH Upward Bound serves 91 students in six high schools located in southern and eastern New Hampshire.

The purpose of Upward Bound (UB) is to provide its high school students with the skills and motivation to succeed in and graduate from a college or university of their choice. To that end, UB has both summer and academic year components.

http://www.upwardbound.unh.edu/

FACULTY
Designed by the UNH ADVANCE GEAR UP (Gender Equity and Recruitment of Underrepresented People) Committee, the GEAR UP Faculty Search Committee Training Program provides skills and knowledge to maintain consistent, effective, and unbiased recruitment policies and procedures for UNH to attract and retain the best and most representative faculty possible.
https://www.unh.edu/advance/gear-faculty-search-committee-training-program

STAFF
The Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity (AVPCED) is responsible for developing and benchmarking methods for diversifying applicant pools and encouraging and supporting diverse staff and faculty recruiting.
http://www.unh.edu/provost/hiring-procedures-forms


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

STUDENTS
Connect Pre-Orientation Program for Students of Color: Established in 1993, the program brings together new first-year and transfer students on campus a week before fall orientation. During that week, students meet with faculty and staff and with the help of student Connect mentors become acquainted with the campus and other students of color. The Re-connect Program continues those activities throughout the academic year, providing students with academic and personal support. Upper class Connect students are encouraged to participate in the Diversity Network Program, where they receive mentoring to support them as they identify post-graduation opportunities whether employment, graduate school or professional education.

The Center for Academic Resources (C-FAR) offers a wide range of academic support services. Services are available to all undergraduate students enrolled in at least one course at UNH. The Center also assists faculty and staff in improving the academic skills of undergraduate students. CFAR offers students: peer support for academic and personal concerns, ongoing and individualized learning skills instruction in time management, note-taking, and test-taking, weekly peer-led study groups for select highly-enrolled courses, and much more.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: OMSA’s mission is to create opportunities for people to participate in an inclusive community and to explore and understand diversity, injustice and equity. OMSA is grounded in understanding diversity, that is includes people of all abilities, ages and ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions/spiritual traditions, socioeconomic classes and sexual orientations. One of OMSA’s primary goals and the heart of their work is to 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. The ability to contain and develop an office like OMSA at UNH provides prospective students and new students with the knowledge that they will have continual support from an on-campus and student-oriented program. Encouraging programs like OMSA help to attract a more diverse campus population. Programs OMSA implemented and/or continued:

Safe Zones Program: This program offers training for students, faculty, and staff. This is an educational program to raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Allied issues and contribute to a campus climate of inclusion.

Northeast Passage: Northeast Passage (NEP) is a service/research program of UNH's Recreation Management & Policy Department and an Affiliate of Disabled Sports, USA. NEP works to create an environment where individuals with disabilities can experience life and recreation with as much freedom of choice and independence as their non-disabled peers. Nationally recognized as a leader in innovative recreation programs for person with disabilities, NEP provides our students with a broad array of excellent practical learning experiences.

GLBT Pancake Breakfast: This breakfast program showcases the mission of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender community at UNH. The breakfast features the recognition of individuals who have worked to build a safe and welcoming UNH campus. Kidder Awards were given to those who served as role models in contributing to a campus climate of equity and inclusiveness. The breakfast is an important program that helps to recognize the efforts in fostering understanding and advancing opportunities for those whose sexual orientation, gender identity or expression differ from the majority in our culture. The program is an important aspect of introducing and inviting new and prospective students to the GLBT life on the UNH campus.

Career Center’s Diversity Network Program: Students in the DNP attend special seminars throughout the year to learn about career development and planning, internship opportunities and networking skills. In addition there are Networking Lunches where career mentors dedicated to the value of diversity in the workforce, connect with students to provide an opportunity to practice their career skills and gain advice from those in the "real world." For more information about the program and/or to register go to: Diversity Network Program. We encourage students of color, international students, glbt students, students with disabilities, low-income/first generation college students, and students in fields traditionally under-represented such as women in the sciences and engineering, to join us for this program.

Counseling Center: provides counseling and support groups for underrepresented students, non-traditional students, LGBTQ students, etc.
https://www.unh.edu/counseling-center/underrepresented-students

Disability Services for Students
http://www.unh.edu/disabilityservices/

UNH Connect – provides Academic, social and career mentoring for first-generation and multicultural students in transition from high school to college.
https://www.unh.edu/orientation/connect

Cultural Connections
Conversations on differences in the human experience and culture from around the world
http://unhmub.com/things-do/cultural-connections

Discovery Program
Interdisciplinary course offerings at core curricular level to build transferable skills for student success in a lifetime of learning and creative endeavors as globally focused, socially responsible citizens in the world
https://www.unh.edu/discovery

Pathways Mentoring Program
Coordinating the Career Center and the Alumni Association to bring insight to the post-college world.
https://www.unh.edu/career/mentoring

FACULTY
Through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Faculty Development Program supports UNH faculty and academic administrators in their ongoing quest for excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and leadership. To accomplish this goal, a broad range of seminars, programs, services, and resources are offered in two programmatic areas:

Faculty Mentoring Program focuses on the needs of pre-tenured and junior faculty
Professional development for Academic Leaders Program targets senior faculty and department chairs for leadership skill enhancement. The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) is designed to assist junior faculty in their academic career development through the guidance and support of experienced University faculty members who serve as role models, advisors and mentors. Interactive group mentoring sessions provide opportunities for pre-tenured faculty to dialogue with senior faculty, administrators, and peers about issues, to exchange ideas, pose questions, and to address concerns about navigating the promotion and tenure process at UNH, as well as, discuss challenges faced by faculty from under-represented groups.

Designed by the UNH ADVANCE GEAR UP (Gender Equity and Recruitment of Underrepresented People) Committee, the GEAR UP Faculty Search Committee Training Program provides skills and knowledge to maintain consistent, effective, and unbiased recruitment policies and procedures for UNH to attract and retain the best and most representative faculty possible.
https://www.unh.edu/advance/gear-faculty-search-committee-training-program

The Professional Development for Academic Leaders Program (PDALP) is a comprehensive program that will offer knowledge-based, skill-enhancing and leadership development seminars to department chairs and senior faculty who mentor, supervise, and evaluate other faculty. The seminars and programs are designed to promote ongoing communication among academic administrators, provide leadership development opportunities, and support campus leaders (deans, chairs, and directors) in their efforts to foster academic excellence and organizational change in their units.

STAFF
President’s Commissions on the Status of People of Color
http://www.unh.edu/cspc/current-initiatives

President’s Commission on the Status of LGBTQ+ People
http://www.unh.edu/glbt/current-initiatives

President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities
http://www.unh.edu/cspd/commission-initiatives

President’s Commission on the Status of Women
http://www.unh.edu/womens-commission/ongoing-initiatives-support-and-collaboration


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

McNair Scholars Program: The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to prepare talented, highly motivated UNH undergraduates for entrance to PhD programs in all fields of study. The program aims to promote and nurture the next generation of faculty, researchers, and scholars by providing academic and social support services in the form of academic year internships and summer research fellowships.
http://www.unh.edu/mcnair


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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