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Activism & Politics
At Dartmouth you'll have the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy where you can hone your political skills through Civic Skills Training in Washington, DC or as a Rocky Leadership Fellow. Rocky, as it's known, is also home to a number of discussion groups such as First-Year Forum (for freshman), PoliTalk, the Daniel Webster Legal Society, and the Dartmouth Political Union, among others. Politically active students can participate in a range of groups on campus, such as the Dartmouth College Republicans, the College Democrats, Dartmouth Progressives, and the Dartmouth Libertarians. Dartmouth students run a variety of newspapers representing a range of political beliefs.
Dartmouth students are also activists. Dartmouth students and alumni have led efforts to divest from South Africa and more recently Sudan, they have campaigned for LGBT causes, served as major players in climate change talks, and acted as a national model for university assistance in the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
If you like politics you're also in luck because no U.S. presidential campaign is complete without a stop at Dartmouth College. New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary immerses Dartmouth students into national politics. In fall 2011, one of the major televised debates will be hosted by the College.
Dartmouth students cover the spectrum of political leanings, and the College's size and location bring those students together in a close community. After graduation, Dartmouth graduates influence the national political conversation from right, left and center as cabinet secretaries, political commentators, members of Congress, governors and as mayors of cities large and small.