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Dartmouth Center for Service
6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-3350
Fax: 603-646-2645
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Learn more about the experiences offered by the Dartmouth Center for Service (DCS).

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Community Connections

DCS offers Dartmouth students a variety of opportunities to engage with the communities of the Upper Valley. Students are encouraged to learn from and with their neighbors through service.

Immersion Trips

Students can build on their experiences in the Upper Valley through immersion trips, which offer intensive, multi-day service at domestic and international sites. Read about our current immersion trip sites and the work being done there.

Community-Based Learning

We offer guidance and support to the Dartmouth community to bridge the gap between academics and service. Faculty may incorporate service learning and community-based research into their courses to deepen student engagement, make a difference in the community, and further Dartmouth's mission of preparing students for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership.

In partnership with the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, we offer resources—including funding and administrative support—to faculty members interested in taking this approach.

For more information, please contact Theresa Ellis.

Social Entrepreneurship

We support students who are interested in launching social ventures. Though we will be growing this work in the coming year, we currently provide the following support:

  • Director's office hours. Come chat with a successful social entrepreneur! Students who are interested in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise can meet with Director Theresa M. Ellis '97. Theresa holds office hours for interested students on the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm.
  • Social venture planning support. For students who are interested in creating a social venture, Center staff can provide support and resources. This includes information about how to assess need for your idea, how to create a social venture, and how to build networks to support it. (Dartmouth alumni are great resources for this, by the way!) We can also point you to resources that exist in the field.
  • The Upper Valley Social Entrepreneur (UVSE) Fellowship provides financial support for students to work in partnership with an Upper Valley nonprofit to solve a business challenge facing that organization.

The world's problems only grow more complex by the day. We will need smart, empathetic social entrepreneurs who can help us tackle these issues. Upon graduation, Dartmouth students are uniquely posed to help.

We look forward to meeting you! For more information, please contact

Last Updated: 8/17/17