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University of New Hampshire

Undergraduate School

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Durham, New Hampshire 03284
(800) 735-2964
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School Information
"We’re New Hampshire’s flagship public research institution. This means we share a special commitment to pursuing research that contributes to the greater good. With award-winning faculty, cutting-edge facilities and a main campus within reach of everything from the mountains and ocean to the major metropolitan hub of Boston, we put you at the edge of possible." The university enrolls over 15,400 students, has an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers over 200 academic programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The University of New Hampshire issued a statement which laid out its Black Lives Matter action plan. The university, in the plan, committed to embedding the study of racism into the undergraduate curriculum. However, no specific changes or steps were outlined to accomplish this. An update on curriculum changes is expected. It is unclear whether this change will include the addition of C.R.T. into the curriculum. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • UNH's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion published its 2021-2022 Annual Report which states that the goal of the Elizabeth Ann Virgil Visit Program is to "increase the number of underrepresented students who matriculate to UNH."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access and Inclusion at UNH offers "Social Justice Education" training workshops which explores 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."
  • The Committee on Ethnicity and Race Equity (Est. 2019), within UNH's College of Health and Human Services, states that it would achieve its objectives by "utilizing new and existing resources within the University through critical examination and changes to training and education opportunities for CHHS staff, faculty, and students around issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Embedding study of racism into the undergraduate curriculum.
  • The Committee on Ethnicity and Race Equity (Est. 2019) within UNH's College of Health and Human Services, states that it would achieve its objectives by "utilizing new and existing resources within the University through critical examination and changes to curricular changes to fill the gaps within all CHHS departments to ensure that all students graduate from UNH with a solid foundation in DEI practice."
Disciplinary Measures
  • UNH has a bias reporting and "response protocol" webpage that states "Guidance includes what you should do if you witness an incident of bias or hate and what happens when a report is received."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • UNH's College of Health and Human Services published the "Wildcat Pledge to UNITE Against Racism" which states "By signing this document, you pledge the work to educate yourself on your identity and biases that impact others," "Normalize talking about race and speaking up," and "think about how inclusive you are being in your education."
Program and Research Funding
  • In 2022, UNH's Department of Women's and Gender Studies announced a paid research opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students and that Critical Race Studies was "under attack." The department stated that it would "hire up to 5 students in Spring 2022 to research and write about the ongoing local attack on social justice education" and that "like many other states, New Hampshire is witnessing a cascade of legislation and social-media harassment of teachers who have sought to educate about systemic oppression."
  • UNH's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion published its 2021-2022 Annual Report which reported that the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity collaborated with UNH Psychological and Counseling Services on the topic of Racial and Ethnic Curricular Representation in UNH Classrooms. The collaboration "Conducted research to better understand and assess the impact of racial and curricular representation on the academic and psychological well-being of UNH students."
  • The Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab, within UNH's College of Liberal Arts, "broaden[s] faculty and student engagement" in the areas of racial and social inequality by "incentivizing new and continuing research with external funding support." The Lab "provides workshops that cover evolving best practices for creating inclusive syllabi and classrooms, and that serve as a venue for broader discussion of complex pedagogical issues."
  • UNH's Aulbani J. Beauregard Center for Equity, Justice, and Freedom "is committed to working collaboratively with the whole UNH community to create a more inclusive, equitable, and socially just campus through education, advising, advocacy and community building." The Center also works "closely with underrepresented and ally students to empower their development and growth in order to thrive socially and academically."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • UNH's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion published its 2021-2022 Annual Report which includes a summary of the "Community Policing Series" which states, "Specific topics included the role of bias in police training, the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and mental health intersections within the community."
  • The University of New Hampshire's Lecturers United Union called for the university to become "Anti-Fascist". The union claims the university hosted "hateful and dangerous individuals and organizations on campus."
  • In efforts to promote diversity, the University Dean elevated the school’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee as a standing committee and launched the anti-racist book share program to confront racism and white privilege.
  • The University of New Hampshire instituted a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge for students, faculty and staff each spring to address racial inequalities.
  • The University of New Hampshire Career and Professional Success (CaPS) program helps “employers establish or enhance their work around diversity and inclusion by providing them with resources, consultation, and recognition.”
  • On March 24, 2021, the College of Liberal Arts at UNH hosted an event titled "What Do We Mean by Critical Race Theory?" which is described as follows: "These talks are meant to be a collegial space for facilitated dialogue on concepts and terms often heard in conversations and readings on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion but are not always defined."
  • UNH's 2022-2023 undergraduate academic catalog includes a "Race and Ethnic Studies Minor," which describes its learning outcomes as follows: "Facilitate understanding of how the social constructions of race affect the social fabric of our historical and contemporary world; enhance students' abilities to appreciate differences and to actively and critically engage in civic responsibilities, especially with respect to social justice."
  • The Inclusion Council at UNH "works on relevant unit-based inclusivity by exchanging information, discussing obstacles, resources, activities, best practices and creative ideas about inclusive pedagogy, recruiting, retention, and programming."
  • On June 24, 2020, UNH posted a blog titled "How to Talk with Your Child about Racism" which provides "Guidance on how to provide support and create teachable moments."
Symbolic Actions
  • The University of New Hampshire’s Beauregard Center for Equity, Freedom and Justice works to build “a more inclusive, equitable, and socially just campus.” On May 12, 2021, they hosted a separate graduation celebration for “Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ Students, Students of Diverse Religious Faiths/Cultures/Spiritualities, Students with Disabilities, and Aspiring Ally Students.”
  • The Committee on Ethnicity and Race Equity, within UNH's College of Health and Human Services, was established in 2019 and states the following: "As a predominantly White institution, we acknowledge the College’s responsibility to actively address overt and systemic racism. With a focused effort we hope to better prepare our faculty, staff, and students to serve in diverse communities within UNH, NH, and beyond. Furthermore, our collective duty is to tangibly address the culture of the College with respect to the experience of marginalized students and to appropriately respond to incidents of racism, bias, and micro-aggressions."
  • On June 8, 2020 (following the death of George Floyd), UNH Deans issued a "Message to our Community Against Racism in our Society" which states, "We cannot look away from the fact that the continued existence and enactment of racism poses real threats to the lives of Black people and other people of color in the US" and "We know that in this moment, it is not enough to simply offer statements on the horrors of systemic racism and anti-Black violence."
Last updated October 20th, 2023
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