The Commission is a vibrant group with significant sharing of ideas, vigorous discussion and brainstorming, and serves as a nexus for several different groups on campus. Perhaps the greatest strength of the group is its diversity in terms of individual members and of groups represented. The Commission serves as an important meeting and workplace for groups representing graduate students, undergraduate students, service groups, faculty, staff, and alumni. The fabric of the membership is truly unique and valued. In addition, the Commission is known across campus and beyond as the place to go when an issue affecting the GLBT community is raised.
Commission Goals and Inclusive Excellence Incorporation
- Work to expand participation in Safe Zones Training, with focus on Deans, Associate Deans and continue its success with long-standing university partners.
- Continuing the work of the Commission’s Transgender Policy and Climate Committee (TPACC) advocating for the changes in policies and programs for transgender students, faculty and staff. This year, the committee will focus its effort on continuing to work with Health Services around the clinical services and resources for transgender students and with the Office of the Registrar around options on gender and name identifiers with respect to rosters and other directory listings in which people may be outed unless a system is implemented to prevent such unintentional unfortunate circumstances.
- Support and help organize the Kidder Fund Lecture Series and GLBT Pancake Breakfast, with early planning for high profile speakers.
- Continue work on updating the Commission's website, incorporating feedback from commission and wider community members.
- Continue analysis of the student GLBT climate survey results, with particular attention to what lessons and action items can be drawn from the data and analysis.
- Continue participation in the newly formed University Council on Inclusive Excellence and Equity. The Council was formed as the result of the Commission Review process conducted in 2010-11 and is charged with supporting the university’s strategic plan and the theme of “inclusive excellence”. Our representation on this Council provides an opportunity for this commission to have more regularized communication with co-chairs from the other presidential commissions, unit VP/administrators, Faculty Senate, and Human Resources.
- Partner with NAVITAS staff and UNH personnel working with NAVITAS students for discussion of GLBT and broad inclusive excellence and equity issues within this new program.
- Continue work on the development of a system for archiving materials on UNH LGBT history with the Library Collections/Archive office. Material preserved could be used for student reference and access in the writing of case studies.
- Plans for a Partner Benefit Forum are in the works. The forum will be scheduled to take place in late fall and will provide resource materials as well as speakers who will address a variety of topics to include adoption, estate planning, real estate ownership, and health care issues.
- Continue discussions with the Alumni Office with regard to the development of an alumni database.
- The commission will continue to serve as an important meeting and workplace for groups representing graduate students, undergraduate students, service groups, faculty, staff and alumni. The commission will also provide ongoing support to the Alliance, Stonewall Grads, Queer Caucus, TAG and other student/faculty/staff advocacy groups, and its members represent the commission at various events including the Garden Party, Coming Out Week activities, Gender Identify Week, National Transgender Day, Drag Ball and other events planned throughout the academic year.