Building Diversity & Community Ties
With Alum Robert Richard-Snipes '21G (MCD)
"Strengthening familial bonds, building closer community ties, and educating those along the way is what I strive to do in my day-to-day work."
~(MCD) Alum Robert Richard-Snipes '16, '21G — Norfolk, VA
Education: Bachelor's in Political Science and Women's Studies, UNH (2016); Certified Recovery Support Worker, State of New Hampshire
UNH Work & Outreach: former Executive Director, Diversity Support Coalition at UNH; Diversity Ambassador of Admissions; Diversity Support Coalition Representative, UNH Alliance; Board Member, Infinity Peer Support
Biography: Robert Richard-Snipes (he/him) originally born in North Carolina, Robert grew up in various places in the world with his mother who was in the Navy. For the majority of his adolescence, he grew up in Norfolk, Virginia.
Robert came to New Hampshire in 2012 to run track at UNH and soon learned that diversity was not something that this state had much to offer - or so it seemed. He studied Political Science and Women's Studies and began to pursue leadership opportunities within student organizations that focused on diversity and inclusion. This led him to become really passionate about community work and serving those who might be most marginalized. While obtaining a Master's in Community Development he began working at SOS Recovery Community Organization as a Quality Improvement Coordinator.
In 2022, Robert was awarded a Seacoast Excellence Award from Black Lives Matter Seacoast. He was recognized for his work in creating more inclusive spaces and bringing "diversity and representation into a field that has historically left many out of the conversation."