Sherry A. Hernandez

Dean of Multicultural Affairs
Sherry A. Hernandez


B.A. University of New Hampshire

M.Ed. University of New Hampshire


Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Dean Hernández and her family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by way of New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Prior to her appointment as Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Dean Hernández was an Associate Director of College Counseling. There she led the financial aid and scholarship initiatives for the College Counseling Office. She was most proud of her work with the Committee on Financial Inclusion which secured and distributed significant funds to help low-income students with the invisible costs of the college search and application process.  

For more than 19 years, Dean Hernández has dedicated her professional career to access and inclusion, notably in her work with underrepresented students as a member of the University of New Hampshire Recruitment and Retention team, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and Diversity Council. Dean Hernández has also worked in UNH Financial Aid, which was her professional entry into issues of access, and later in UNH Advancement, where she helped raise funds for scholarships and capital campaigns. In her most recent role in college admissions, Dean Hernández led the communication admissions team at UNH, managing its digital, print, social media and phone campaigns. 

Dean Hernández received a B.A. in communication and Spanish, and studied at El Centro de Lenguas Modernas, La Universidad de Granada, Spain for a year. While working in UNH Admissions, Dean Hernández completed her M.Ed. in Counseling from UNH.

Dean Hernández is moved by the power of storytelling, and loves to engage in conversation about identity and worldview.

She loves to dance, sing and journal in her personal time. Dean Hernández lives on campus with her spouse, daughter, mother, father and golden doodle. They enjoy entertaining at home with friends and family. Dean Hernández loves to cook authentic Filipino and Puerto Rican food and often tries to recreate dishes from travel. She welcomes all to her home for food and conversation.