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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the Office of Intercultural Relations?

The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) assists the University in promoting cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity throughout the campus community.  Its programs, services and activities promote cultural identity and understanding within a multicultural environment.

2. What kind of resources and assistance does OIR provide for students?

The office can assist students with finding information about scholarships, internships, conferences and events that are of special interest to women, students of color, members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, etc.  The Office also maintains and advertises cultural events taking place in the New Haven area. 

3. Where is the OIR located?  What hours is the office open?

The office is located on the top level of the Bartels Hall Student Center, to the right of the stairs.   It's typically open during regular business hours-8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  

4. I'm looking for information about Jewish culture (OR Latin American art OR learning disabilities OR bisexuality....) .  Can your office help me?

Yes!  The Office is in the process of developing a Diversity Resource Center which will feature books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and journals where students, faculty and staff can find information on topics related to ability, race, gender, religion/spirituality, and sexual orientation. 

5. Is OIR only for female or LGBT students, students of color, etc.?

No; any and all members of the University community, regardless of background are welcome and encouraged to stop by and chat with the Director, check out the Resource Center, and attend OIR events!

6. What types of programs and events does OIR sponsor?

During the past year, OIR staff members have presented activities and workshops in classrooms and residence halls and co-sponsored programs with the International Services Office, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and various student organizations.  In the coming months, OIR plans to sponsor events such as guest speakers, movie nights, cultural craft nights, and poetry slams.  If there's a specific event you'd like to see, please let us know!

7. Are there student groups which celebrate various aspects of diversity (ie religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation)?

UNH has many clubs and organizations to choose from!  Examples of student organizations include the following:


Ambassadors for Christ (AFC)

Asian Student Association (ASA) 

Black Student Union (BSU) 

Caribbean Student Association (CSA) 

Cultural Greek-Lettered Organizations


International Student Association (ISA)

Latin American Student Association (LASA)

Mogalize (UNH's organization for trans-identified students and their allies)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

People Rejoicing in Diversity Everywhere (PRIDE)(UNH's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Straight Allies organization)

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

SPELL (Student Pagans Educating, Leading and Learning)


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