Dartmouth has a charter commitment and a proud tradition of open access for all. We need to live up to that tradition and ensure that we not only provide equal access for all qualified students but that we also encourage a climate at the College that is open and accepting of difference. An academic community can afford to be no less than this.
We hope that the programs and outreach we offer enable our community to achieve this vision.
Each year the office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, together with the Office of Conferences and Special Events, arranges a series of events to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program theme varies each year, but we are always trying to explore what we learn in our society and what shapes us as we negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us. Throughout our celebration, we attempt to acknowledge a number of very powerful and competing dynamics in US history; some of them affirm our humanity, some detract from it. A campus that values difference and that supports diversity is a campus that encourages its members to explore the complexities that are central to intellectual life, and it is our hope that the annual MLK celebration enables us to better engage in this kind of exploration.
The Diversity Reading & Films Groups are designed to: bring together people from all areas of the College; expand participants' awareness and appreciation of diversity issues; promote open and extended discussion of diversity issues; and enhance the feeling of community at Dartmouth. This year's theme looks at "Under Currents in Community". Each year books, both fiction and non-fiction, and films are selected by the Steering Committee. To accommodate different work schedules, groups are planned for early morning meetings, noon-time meetings and late afternoon meetings. Each group meets five times during the year. An average of 70 people participate each year from all areas of the college and we regularly have received very positive feedback on the experience.
A complete list of books available for lending can be found by visiting Lending Library.
As members of the Campus Climate Committee at Dartmouth College, we represent various departments across campus and convene to identify and analyze campus issues which impact students, faculty, staff and the general community. We bring diverse points of view with the hope that increased, informed, and constructive discussions lead us to represent a united voice serving the best interests of the community. We offer our consultative services to the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE) in fostering and supporting Dartmouth's mission and core values and in enhancing Dartmouth's climate.
This new resource is designed to provide some helpful ideas about how to address opportunities and challenges related to cultural diversity, difference, and inclusivity. We are eager to hear from you about situations and topics we might target for future "How To" installments.
Working with campus partners, IDE is in initial stages of developing a platform for providing diversity-related training, programs, resources, and referral to Upper Valley schools, civic organizations, and other community entities.
IDE staff are available by appointment to consult with individuals and groups on campus who are interested in creating opportunities for exchange and learning related to diversity and equity. While we are not always able to provide funding for every initiative on which we consult, we are happy to assist with project development, resource identification, logistics and promotion planning, and related matters.
Interfaith Calendar provides a listing of major religious holidays that may be helpful to those who plan activities and events on campus. Additionally, we hope it is helpful in providing a context within which religious observance more generally might be understood.
Last Updated: 4/15/14