The Commission has the following standing working groups:
Events Working Group
To plan and organize events that will help enhance the Commission’s mission and educate the campus on issues related to diversity, equality, and inclusiveness. The Events Working Group will also be charged with organizing the Annual Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Award.
Funding Working Group
To manage and disburse Commission funds in order to support events that will help enhance the Commission’s mission and educate the campus on issues related to diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.
The Funding Working Group will be accepting its first round of grant applications through September 17, 2014. GRANT APPLICATIONS CAN BE ACCESSED here.
College is about meeting people who are different form you. And this is why diversity initiatives matter.
Students/Campus Climate Working Group
To assess and respond to the campus community’s attitudes to the multiple dimensions of diversity. The working group will conduct studies and surveys to this effect and also plan responses to incidents on campus involving discrimination, marginalization, and stereotyping.
The KSC Restorative Circle Team
The KSC Restorative Circle Team, composed of staff, faculty, and students facilitates “circle discussions” on campus to help foster a culture of mutual respect and open dialogue. Restorative circles encourage people to take responsibility for their behavior, while developing a deeper understanding of the impact of their actions on the quality of other people's lives. Restorative circles allow participants to engage in respectful dialogue, thereby finding ways to repair harm that has been done. Circle dialogues can also be used preventatively to build relationships and create agreements that reduce the probability of future harm. The Restorative Circle Team encourages practice of the circle process in classes, at meetings, and other gatherings.
Safe Space Subcommittee
To increase awareness through education about issues related to sexual and gender minorities. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are given resources to be active voices for understanding and acceptance.
To achieve its mission, Safe Space will maintain an updated training manual in print and online, maintain an active cohort of Safe Space facilitators, and hold Safe Space Trainings for faculty, staff, students, and other community members several times a semester and whenever else needed.
Recognizing the complexities of the work, other working groups may be established at the beginning of the academic year, or as necessary, to plan strategy, program, and/or conduct research in project areas chosen by the Commission.