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The world's troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.
—John Sloan Dickey
12th President of Dartmouth College
The Tucker Foundation is home to service and social justice efforts at Dartmouth. Many students use D-plan leave terms to engage in deep and lasting service work both nationally and internationally. Students have a number of formal opportunities to pursue service on an individual or group level:
- Dartmouth Local Service oversees 1,200 students who give over 40,000 hours to serve the local community every year.
- Dartmouth Partners in Community Service provides funding and support for term-long internships to undergraduates in partnership with alumni mentors anywhere across the United States.
- Alternative Spring Breaks allow dozens of students to travel across the country and globe to lend a hand for a week serving others.
- Tucker Fellowships offer students funding for a term to work abroad in an underprivileged area. Fellows are challenged physically and spiritually, but grow tremendously through these term-long individual service projects giving back to the most vulnerable in the world.
- The Cross Cultural Exchange and Service Program provides students with the opportunity to speak and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community, to better understand diverse cultures and develop intercultural skills, to integrate academic interests in service, to adapt and nurture a life of self-examination and reflection, and provide service in an under-developed community.
Service & the Dartmouth Experience
At Dartmouth, service isn't an isolated activity, it's an integral part of the life and mission of the College. Students strive to make real change in the world as part of their academic pursuits, from researching causes of contaminated drinking water and seeking solutions to analyzing student drop-out rates and presenting education policy options to legislators.
If you need inspiration on how to grow a belief in social justice into a global operation, look no farther than Dartmouth's current President, Jim Yong Kim, co-founder of Partners in Health.