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.
The Employee Resource Networks (ERN) at Dartmouth College are various affinity groups comprised of faculty, staff , families and Upper Valley community members. The groups established on campus are the Black Caucus, Native American Council, Latino Council, GLTBQA network, International Employee Network, Veterans Network and Pan Asian Caucus. ERN's mission is to contribute to the personal and social development of its members. Throughout the year, these networks meet to celebrate the start of a term or season, commemorate a holiday or simply get together to meet new colleagues and friends.
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.
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: 8/7/13