The Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab (GRSIL) is envisioned as a dynamic site of research, pedagogical activity, and community engagement. Faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) already working on or interested in projects that engage with racial and social inequality are to connect with GRSIL initiatives and resources. Additionally, we broaden faculty and student engagement in these thematic areas by incentivizing new and continuing research with external funding support. GRSIL provides workshops that cover evolving best practices for creating inclusive syllabi and classrooms, and that serve as a venue for broader discussion of complex pedagogical issues. Additionally, GRSIL serves as the administrative home of COLA’s many interdisciplinary minors focused on inequality. Finally, GRSIL uses its expertise to facilitate community partnerships, develop internships, and expand collaborative relationships with community colleges and non-profit organizations in the region.


About Our funding

GRSIL draws on funding from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and College of Liberal Arts donor gift funds. These funds enable faculty and students to pursue projects that are effective in addressing today’s pressing societal problems. A key component of this work is a collaborative partnership between the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at UNH, the state’s flagship public and research-intensive university, and the Community College System of New Hampshire’s (CCSNH) seven community colleges.

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