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UNH Manchester Faculty Member Appointed to NH Civil Rights Panel

By Kim Wall, UNH Manchester
July 8, 2009

Barbara Jago, associate professor and coordinator of the communication arts program at UNH Manchester, has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights New Hampshire Advisory Committee. Jago joins JerriAnne Boggis, director of diversity programs and community outreach at UNH and 12 other Granite Staters who have been appointed to the New Hampshire civil rights panel. The appointment is a two-year term.

With a background in interpersonal communication and extensive research and publications about depression, Jago will contribute her expertise in mental health to the Civil Rights Commission.
“Barbara has been and continues to be a champion for diversity and civil rights at UNH Manchester and beyond.  Her appointment to such an important panel speaks to her dedication to social justice.  She will make excellent contributions,” said Kristin Woolever, dean of UNH Manchester.

Jago holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, a master’s degree in cinema studies from New York University, a master’s degree in secondary science social science education from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of South Florida. She joined the UNH Manchester faculty in 1998 where she teaches courses and conducts research in relational communication. In 2004, she was honored with the UNH-Manchester Teaching Excellence award.

An independent bipartisan federal agency, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducts research and advises the president and Congress on civil rights issues. Its members are appointed by the president and Congress.

Congress has directed the commission to establish advisory committees in all states and the District of Columbia to assist in its fact-finding function. These committees receive reports, suggestions, and recommendations from individuals, public and private organizations, and public officials, and forward advice and recommendations to the commission. Members of State Advisory Committees serve without compensation and conduct civil rights reviews and investigations and report to the commission.

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