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Mission Statement

To foster a Dartmouth where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world.

OPAL's Work

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.

Leadership Development

Building student leadership skills through programs, workshops, retreats, and internships.

Student Advising & Outreach

Supporting the holistic development of students through individual advising, community outreach, and support programs.

Dialogue & Community-Building

Enhancing cross-cultural exchanges by facilitating respectful sharing of information, resources, and experiences.

Cultural Programming

Delivering campus-wide programs that affirm, celebrate, and raise awareness of the rich cultural diversity of the Dartmouth community.

OPAL Staff


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Reese C. Kelly, Ph.D. - Sr. Assistant Dean & Director, Office of Pluralism and Leadership; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Collis 211e)

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Shiella M. Cervantes - Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan-Asian Students (Collis 214)

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Kari F. Cooke - Assistant Dean and Advisor to Black Students (Collis 211d)

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Danielle M. Hussey - Assistant Dean and Advisor to International Students (Collis 216)

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Michelle N. Kermond - Assistant Dean and Advisor for Sexuality, Women, and Gender (Collis 211f)

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Renata D. Baptista - Acting Assistant Dean and Advisor to Latinx Students (Collis 211c)

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Rachel S. Edens - Assistant Dean and Advisor to First Generation and Low Income Students (Collis 214)

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Program Coordinators

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Sebastian X. Muñoz-Medina - Program Coordinator for Gender & Sexuality Diversity and Multicultural Education (Collis 211a)

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Office Manager

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Karen Tucker  (Collis 211g)

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 Administrative Assistant

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Lavinia Lasko (Collis 211g)

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OPAL Locations


The Office of Pluralism and Leadership is located in Collis Suite 211 and rooms 213-216.

Main Phone: 603-646-0987

Fax: 603-646-9168


Detailed advisor contact information can be found in the Dartmouth directory.

Last Updated: 7/7/17