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Moving Dartmouth Forward with Diversity and Inclusion

Here you'll find exciting new initiatives taking place across campus, programs that foster diversity and inclusion while supporting the Dartmouth mission, along with inspiring plans for the future. This list showcases key successes and investments, and will be continually updated, though it is not exhaustive. If there's a particular initiative that intrigues you, or you have an idea for a new one, let us know.


* Office of Graduate Studies began the First Generation Graduate Students' Network, which hosts quarterly lunches.

* Dartmouth web services began a three-year initiative for improving web accessibility, including providing captioning for campus produced video, providing accessibility awareness seminars for all of its staff, and addressing accessibility concerns with campus software purchases.

* The Center for Professional Development received a new director, and established new student programs, including a Professional Development Accelerator, resume guide development, Immersion Trips, and Virtual Career Fairs.

* The Bias Impact Response Team was created, helping community members report bias activity.

* The Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault was created, with the purpose of working closely with the Office of the President and the Dean's Office to communicate the needs of the students to the administration.

* Safe Ride, a guaranteed availability transportation program was implemented.

* The Dartmouth Bystander Initiative, which provides leadership training on how to look out for their fellow students to leaders from athletics, greek life organizations, and other student groups, was introduced.

* Students, faculty, and staff formed a committee on Sexual Assault Review to examine the reporting, investigation, and management of sexual abuse cases, and submitted a report of recommendations regarding these processes.

* The Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID) was founded to encourage, facilitate, and showcase gender-related research, teaching, and social engagement.

* The Office of the Dean of the Faculty sponsors a biannual Diversity Lecture in an effort to broaden knowledge of inclusion and diversity for staff and administrators. Recent speakers have included Randall Balmer, Richard Wright, Melanie Benson Taylor, and Sonu Bedi.

* The Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) launched. This nine-week program provides undergraduate students with a glimpse into graduate student research in the sciences at Dartmouth.

* The Geisel School of Medicine provides central resources to help search committees advertise faculty openings in a broad array of publications and venues to reach under-represented candidates.

* The Geisel School requires all search committee members undergo the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) unconscious bias training.

* Faculty, staff, and students formed a Committee on Safety and Accountability to look at student safety and accountability and submitted a report of recommendations for changes.

* The First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP), a five-day pre-orientation and year-long peer mentoring program for students who are among the first in their family to attend a four-year college, was institutionalized.


* The Library partnered with Co-FIRED students on a portfolio of information to submit to the Library of Congress to request that the subject heading "Illegal aliens" be retired in favor of a new heading, "Undocumented aliens."

* Information on diversity in Library collections was shared with students, who have been invited to review the collections to ensure that a variety of points of view are represented.

* The Graduate Student Council hosted "Let's Talk" events, focused on honest, constructive conversation around issues such as "Women and Colorism."

* The Alumni Council assembled an Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion that issued a report on its findings.

* The Board of Trustees approved funding to construct a  Triangle House for LGBTQIA students. DGALA and DCF also partnered to raise funds for the house.

* The EE Just Program, which aims to increase the number of minority students majoring in the sciences, received a major funding expansion.

* The Admissions Office, in conjunction with the EE Just Program, the Department of Physics, and the Thayer School of Engineering, has launched a new Dartmouth Bound program focused on STEM.

* Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) launched. IGD engages Dartmouth students in authentic conversations on difficult topics. Through a seven-week curriculum, IGD brings students together with faculty and staff in face-to-face interactions across social identity groups.

* The 2014-2015 budget included $1 million in recurring funds to support the hiring of faculty who are under-represented in their fields.

* Tuition for 2014-2015 saw its lowest increase since 1977, while the financial aid budget grew by 5.9%.

* The student disciplinary policy for charges of sexual assault is undergoing a revision in an effort to encourage reporting, expedite the disciplinary process, enhance consistency in sanctioning, and represent a stronger deterrent to sexual assault.

* An external campus-wide climate survey was approved, with the intention of reviewing the impact of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors on student life.

* HR Recruiting has contracted with Americas Job Exchange (AJE) to provide expanded representation of all our staff jobs to diversity job boards locally and nationwide

* Alumni Relations' Class Activities and Dartmouth on Location have been working with Affiliated and Shared Interest Groups to support and encourage attendance at June reunions, and to develop programs towards their members, such as "Slavery at Monticello: The American Paradox" event in Washington, DC.

* A restructuring of the Undergraduate Dean's Office and advising program includes extensive proactive outreach, and has led to a 30% increase in student visits.

* Undergraduate Dean's Office instituted an on-call system to handle crisis management, and is currently recruiting for a position to provide targeted support to students with high medical needs.

* Creation of the Center for Community Action and Prevention, which will serve as the hub for violence prevention programs, such as the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative.

* Joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, a community of over 40,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members dedicated to supporting professors in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

* OneDartmouth, a student-driven mentorship program bringing undergraduates together with graduate students for family-style dinners, was launched.

* The Provost's Office announced two internal seed funding programs – a Pilot Fund, and a Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Fund – to launch new scholarship, research, and creativity at Dartmouth.

* The Provost's Office launched a Cluster Initiative, which will establish cohorts of scholars focused on new intellectual themes or questions that will cut across disciplines. Through faculty collaboration and targeted hiring, this initiative will provide the basis for new courses, curricula, and research opportunities.

* President Phil Hanlon announced a $30 million investment for a new Society of Fellows. Comprised of Faculty Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Visiting Fellows, this group of scholars will advance new areas of inquiry, research, and pedagogy, and integrate research with teaching excellence.

* The Office of the President is sponsoring a three-year program that will make Dartmouth Outing Club trips more accessible to students receiving financial aid.

* The Admissions Office is joining a College Board pilot initiative to ensure that all students who have received an SAT® fee waiver also have access to college application fee waivers.

* All regular decision students admitted to Dartmouth, along with students admitted as part of the Questbridge Match process, who qualify for Dartmouth's free tuition and no loan financial aid initiatives, are eligible to receive fully funded transportation to campus for the Dimensions of Dartmouth program.

* The Dimensions of Dartmouth program includes new student-developed programming on socioeconomic diversity at Dartmouth

* The Office of Financial Aid will provide additional funds to help offset the costs of participating in Off-Campus programs not previously covered by Financial Aid.

* Admissions and Athletics launched a new pilot program entitled Diversity in Athletics and focused on increasing the diversity of our athletic teams.

* Dartmouth will host College Horizons July 2014.  Dartmouth is the only host college for the College Horizons program this year.


Last Updated: 4/28/14