The GRSIL is envisioned as a dynamic site of (1) research, (2) pedagogical, and (3) community engaged activity. (1) Faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) already working on or interested in projects that variously engage with racial and social inequality are invited and encouraged to participate in the GRSIL. Additionally, we will broaden faculty and student engagement on these thematic areas by incentivizing new and continuing research on such topics and with the intention to apply for external funding to support this research. (2) The Lab will provide pedagogical workshops on evolving best practices in creating inclusive syllabi and inclusive classrooms, as well as providing a venue for open discussion of complex issues. Additionally, the GRSIL will serve as the administrative home of our many interdisciplinary minors focused on inequality. (3) The Lab will also use its analytical expertise to facilitate community partnerships, develop internships, and expand our collaborative relationships with community colleges and non-profit community organizations in the region.


About Our funding

GRSIL is funded by The Mellon Foundation Grant and College of Liberal Arts Gift Funding. The funding’s and NHHC’s overarching goal is to “enable students to pursue richer academic experiences and more rewarding professional and civic lives, empowering them to be effective participants in addressing the grand challenges of today and tomorrow.” At the heart of this work is a close collaboration between New Hampshire’s higher education system of seven comprehensive community colleges and the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the state’s flagship public and research-intensive university.

The 2016 project proposal identified key goals for the NHHC over its three-year cycle, which were extended and deepened in the 2019 renewal proposal:

  • Provide a holistic view of the humanities and their value in preparing students for civic and democratic lives;
  • Create a collaboration of public education systems: NH’s state system of comprehensive community colleges in partnership with its public flagship university, focused on what humanities can and should contribute to students’ education and to grand challenge discourse and solutions;
  • Build on existing faculty and program linkages, expanding to benefit community college students including those seeking to transfer, and to community college and UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) faculty who wish to form stronger research and teaching collaborations in the humanities;
  • Call attention to the humanities’ role in community college programs that focus on career preparation and on pathways for students in the humanities from community college to bachelor’s programs; and
  • Embrace broad planning activities and faculty leadership.


GrSIL Team