Two Senior Staff Members Share 2009 Kidder Award
By Kristin Duisberg
November 11, 2009
For their outstanding efforts to foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and a more inclusive university campus, two senior staff members have been recognized with the 2009 Kidder award.
As UNH’s Provost—a role he held from 2003 until June 30 of this year—Bruce Mallory identified “moving from talk to action” regarding issues of diversity as one of his three main goals. Numerous programs to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual students have been established or expanded during Mallory’s tenure, and he feels great strides have been made to create a more inclusive student population. “The main challenge is to continue recruiting and retaining more faculty from a diverse background,” he says—a challenge he hopes his successor will take up.
Through his work with myriad student service offices and, more recently, within advancement, Mark Rubinstein has long been an advocate for an inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus for all students, not “regardless of their differences” but because a diverse student body contributes to the educational experiences of all students and to the vitality of the campus community. The University’s Vice President for Student and Academic Services since 2003, Rubinstein considers diversity both a personal and collective responsibility.
Says Rubinstein, “It is essential that we treat every member of the University community with respect and with the understanding that differences between and among us should add richness to our lives."
About the Kidder Award:
Before his death in 1993, UNH alumnus and former Dean of Students William "Bill" Kidder established a fund to support educational efforts directed at enhancing the understanding of sexual minorities and gender identities.