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Social Impact SNHU is dedicated to being a force for good.

At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), we envision a world where people – regardless of life conditions – can navigate a pathway that unlocks greater opportunity, social capital and upward mobility.

Our Commitments

  • Providing education access to underserved, marginalized and nontraditional learners
  • Being an employer of choice for a diverse national and global workforce
  • Creating a culture in which human difference is valued and innovation is ongoing
  • Supporting like-minded organizations, nonprofits and charitable groups

Work In Progress

Our efforts are constantly in motion, but we’re proud to share what we’ve accomplished this far.

42,000+ Global Days of Service Hours

Finished by staff, students and alumni since 2016

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90+ Charities Supported

Across the globe, from the United States to Eastern Africa


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3,000 Tons of Avoided CO2 Emissions

Through strategic energy management practices in 2022


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36,000+ Paid Volunteer Hours

Completed by full-time SNHU employees since 2016

A Collaborative Endeavor

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Sustainability Initiatives

In unison with a multitude of sustainability initiatives, SNHU is committed to creating a far-reaching, positive impact throughout our global community. We empower students and employees to advance a sustainable organization and culture by convening stakeholders, measuring our work, and sharing knowledge and successes.

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Community Partnerships

Through partnerships with community-based organizations, SNHU’s Community Partners program aims to expand college access, drive degree completion rates and build workforce relevant skills among learners who have traditionally faced education barriers. For more information, contact communitypartners@snhu.edu.

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The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as lead strategist and thought partner on all university equity, diversity and inclusion matters and supports the SNHU community to expand access to higher education so that anyone, from anywhere, can achieve their goals. They instill the values of restorative practice and intercultural competency development to drive toward equal outcomes for students and employees alike. For more information, contact odi@snhu.edu.

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The SNHU Center for New Americans

The SNHU Center for New Americans, led in partnership with YWCA New Hampshire, opened in 2017 to serve the educational needs of new American families in Manchester, New Hampshire. The program’s foundation is a safe space that welcomes anyone who enters, no matter their path to get there.

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The Chandler Center

Since its formation in 2005, The Chandler Center's fundamental purpose has been to empower students to be civically engaged citizens who are committed to social action. Student leadership is at the core of its management, coordinating services and leadership opportunities that allow fellow scholars to be active members of society.

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Global Education Movement (GEM)

The Global Education Movement (GEM) is a major SNHU initiative offering university degrees to refugees around the world. Created in 2017, GEM is the first large-scale online learning initiative for refugees, partnering with in-country organizations to deliver high-quality, low-cost education tailored to meet the needs of displaced learners.

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