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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.

ED Ambassador Program

The Experience Dartmouth (ED) Ambassador program is an electronic database of faculty, staff, and community members who have volunteered their contact information to potential applicants looking to move to Dartmouth College and the Upper Valley region. ED Ambassadors can play a crucial role in the recruitment and retention of diverse candidates as they are able to provide insight into the various cultural and/or religious backgrounds they identify with. Their unique experiences may help applicants make informed decisions about moving to the area. If you are interested in becoming an ED Ambassador, we invite you to complete the online registration form here:


  • Regular, benefits-eligible faculty and staff in good standing
  • Or, community members (provided they are referred by a Dartmouth faculty or staff)


  • Provide telephone number and/or email address
  • Communicate in a timely manner by phone or email with potential candidate or candidate's family member
  • Offer realistic feedback about living and working in the Dartmouth and Upper Valley community

Diversity Reading and Film Groups

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.

Campus Climate Committee

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.

Mind, Body, and Spirit IDE Health & Wellness Network

Launching in spring 2016, the Health & Wellness Network, led by Evelynn Ellis - Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Equity - is an online resource for topics related to health and wellness. The Network's goals are to share resources about healthy living from a variety of perspectives and engage in dialogue around health-related topics such as healthcare disparities, mental health, and more. Members are welcome to share articles and information with the group. Join the conversation on our Facebook page

How To . . . Strategies and Approaches for Cultural Competency

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.

Current Installments:

Community Outreach Initiative

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. 

Consultation, Advising and Referral

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.

Religious Holidays

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: 4/29/16