PSU Professor Named to the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights

April 27th, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Plymouth State University Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Sheryl L. Shirley has been appointed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to serve on the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (NHCHR).

“I’m really excited that Governor Lynch has that confidence in me and that the Executive Councilors went forward with the nomination,” said Shirley.

The NHCHR is a state agency established for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin.

Shirley has an extensive background in human rights, having spent time on the university President’s Commission on Diversity and 12 years on the Women’s Studies Council, as well as conducting research on indigenous people and women in Latin America.

The seven-member Commission includes Kenneth Brown of Manchester, chairman, while other members include Laura D. Simones of Hillsborough, Gayle E. Troy of Dunbarton, Griffin T. Dalianis and Marta E. Rodriguez of Nashua and Purnell F. Ross Jr. of Dover.

The commissioners review claims and agency investigations of discrimination complaints. If probable cause is found, and the parties do not reach a settlement, a panel of commissioners hears the case and issues either a finding in favor of the charging party and appropriate relief or a finding in favor of the responding party and a dismissal of the charge.

“The position comes with a lot of responsibility,” said Shirley.

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For more information on this release, contact Kevin D. Anderson at kdanderson@plymouth.edu or at (603) 535-2211.

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