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Community Advising

  • Black Student Advising
  • First Generation Student Advising
  • International Student Advising
  • Latina/o Student Advising
  • LGBTQ+ and Ally Student Advising
  • Native American Student Advising
  • Pan-Asian Student Advising

Office of Pluralism and Leadership
Carson Hall, Suite 125
HB 6217, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone:  (603) 646-0987
Fax:  (603) 646-9168

Welcome to OPAL

OPAL is a department of Student Academic Support Services within the Dean of the College

Dartmouth believes that a 21st century liberal arts education integrates respect for, and understanding of, the unique and essential benefits of living, learning, and engaging in an inclusive global community.

OPAL advances Dartmouth's commitment to academic success, diversity, inclusion, and wellness by engaging all students in development of identity, community, and leadership.

OPAL provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities. OPAL is for all students who want to get the most from their unique Dartmouth experience.

Contact OPAL to get connected.

OPAL's New Welcome Brochure

Download and print OPAL's updated welcome brochure for quick reference about OPAL resources and advising.


Your OPAL Team

Every member of the OPAL team is available by appointment as well as during open drop-in hours as listed below.

Office of Pluralism and Leadership

Director - Currently Vacant

Minnie Slater, Administrative Assistant to OPAL

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 125, The Ross Suite
  • 603-646-0987

Black Student Advising

(Currently Vacant)

Assistant Dean and Advisor to Black Students

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 131, The Ross Suite

First Generation Student Advising

Karlos Santos-Coy, Assistant Dean and Advisor to First Generation Students

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 151, The Ross Suite
  • Drop-ins: Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am @ Novak Cafe & Everyday, 3pm-4pm @ OPAL
  • 603-646-3477

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International Student Advising

Steve Silver, Director of International Student Programs

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 150, The Ross Suite
  • Drop-ins: Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm @ International Student Resource Room, Robinson Hall 203
  • 603-646-2331

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Latino Student Advising

Rodrigo Ramirez, Assistant Dean and Advisor to Latino Students

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 130, The Ross Suite
  • Drop-ins: Fridays, 3pm-5pm @ LALACS
  • 603-646-1102

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Gender and Sexual Diversity Student Advising

Now offered by staff at the  Center for Gender and Student Engagement

  • CGSE, 6 Choate Road (in between Little and Brown in the Choates Residences)
  • 603-646-3456

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Native American Student Advising

Kapi'olani Laronal, Director of the Native American Program

  • Robinson Hall 206
  • Drop-ins: Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm @ the Native American House
  • 603-646-2110

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Native American Student Advising

Joseph Cadoret, Administrative Assistant to the Native American Program

  • Robinson Hall 206
  • 603-646-2110


Pan-Asian Student Advising

Edward Kim, Assistant Dean and Advisor to Asian students

  • Student Academic Support Center, Carson Hall 125, The Ross Suite
  • Drop-ins: Tuesday and Friday 10AM–12PM in Novak Cafe
  • 603-646-0987

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Report Bias at Dartmouth

All members of the Dartmouth Community have a responsibility to contribute to, and maintain, a welcoming and inclusive environment. If you are the target of, witness to, or even simply hear about any form of bias happening to a Dartmouth student, you should submit a Bias Impact Report immediately. These reports, which can be anonymous, assist the College in tracking, investigating, or responding to bias incidents in order to mitigate their impact on our community.

The Bias Impact Response Team (BIRT), along with the Office of Judicial Affairs, receives each report submitted online. Given that our practice is informed by the values of restorative justice, the BIRT members review EVERY submitted report in order to determine next steps which vary based upon the circumstances of each incident.

Please note: Bias, in and of itself, is not illegal and each state has different laws that govern hate crimes and hate incidents motivated by bias. Therefore, each report submitted is handled on a case-by-case basis.  If you submit a report and provide your contact information, a BIRT member may invite you to meet in person. Working together with the BIRT member, you will develop a plan for next steps that takes into account your needs. Additionally, each submitted report serves as a data point of bias activity on our campus. We use this datum to inform the annual Clery Act reporting, and to select potential themes for IGD, the Diversity Peer Program, OPAL's termly Week in Community, and other educational programming for our community.

Stopping bias at Dartmouth begins with you. BIRT is here to support you.

Last Updated: 8/5/14