Avary Thorne is the Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies. The Coordinator is a full-time position responsible for identifying and creating social justice engagement opportunities for undergraduate students and working to foster a culture of feminism and equity on campus. During her time here in the role she started the annual feminist summit conference to make diversity accessible to all UNH students each semester, where in the first year 120 students attended an all-day Saturday event. She is also proud to have created and led the social justice cohort, a place for students to work on social justice issues related to the UNH community.
She is a product of the Community Development and Public Policy Masters program at UNH (2018). Before her current position, Avary was the Academic/Student Services Assistant in Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UNH for 4 years, where she created solid community, alumni, and student connections. She is most proud that we created a diversity component workshop for all college of liberal arts students (4,000 each year) that is still in place today. She also established 2 annual conferences for all NH language schoolteachers that are a free and accessible professional development resource.
Outside of work Avary serves on several local nonprofit boards. Her favorite authors are Audre Lorde, Roxanne Gay, Anna Akhmatova, Brene Brown, & Glennon Doyle.