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About OPAL

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


Reese Kelly headshot

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


Shiella Cervantes headshot

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

Kari Cooke headshot

Kari F. Cooke - Assistant Dean and Advisor to Black Students (SASSC)

Brianne Gallagher headshot

Brianne Gallagher - Interim Assistant Dean and Advisor to International Students (SASSC)

 Michelle Kermond headshot

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

 Rodrigo Ramirez headshot

Rodrigo A. Ramirez - Assistant Dean and Advisor to Latino Students (SASSC)

Program Coordinators

 Renata Baptista headshot

Renata D. Baptista - Program Coordinator for Community and Leadership Development (CGSE)

 Rachel Edens headshot

Rachel S. Edens - Program Coordinator for Academic Engagement and Success (SASSC)

 Sebastian Munoz Medina headshot

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

Administrative Staff


Minnie L. Slater - Office Manager (SASSC)

 Karen Tucker headshot

Karen Tucker - Office Manager (CGSE)


OPAL Locations

OPAL Locations

The Office of Pluralism and Leadership is one office based in two locations: the Student Academic Support Services Center (SASSC) and the Center for Gender and Student Engagement (CGSE). 

The SASSC is located at Carson Suite 125 @ Baker-Berry Library

The CGSE is located at 6 Choate Rd, nestled in the Choates Cluster.

Phone: 603-646-0987

Fax: 603-646-9168


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

Last Updated: 3/31/16