OPAL-Black Student Advising (OPAL-BSA) is dedicated to enhancing the Dartmouth experience through supporting and challenging the community around issues pertinent to healthy identity development and the Black experience. We offer leadership opportunities, academic advising, and counseling support including, but not limited to, social adjustment concerns, academic/classroom issues, bias related incidents, personal issues, financial aid concerns, new program ideas, program funding, etc.
We hope that you will find our office to be a great resource to you throughout your Dartmouth career.
OPAL Black Student Advising (BSA)
6 Choate Road (in between Little and Brown in the Choates residences)
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-0988
Assistant Dean/Advisor to Black Students
Summer 2016 will see the inauguration of the Black Leadership Advisory Council (The BLAC). The BLAC is a leadership enhancement program for Dartmouth Sophomores who have a passion for leadership, a desire for social change, and a commitment to campus engagement. We look for students who will contribute to a diversity of: leadership styles, personality types, identities of Blackness, experiential backgrounds, and political affiliations because the council believes that in such an environment effective leadership is best developed.
Dartmouth Advancing Blackness Fellowship (D.A.B. Fellowship)
Fall 2016 will see the inauguration of the Dartmouth Advancing Blackness Fellowship (DAB Fellowship). The DAB Fellowship is a mentoring program for Black men on campus, with a focus on supporting the transition of first-year students into the campus climate, as well as supporting upperclassmen with professional transitions and mentorship.
Fall 2016 will see the inauguration of RISE. RISE is a four-year enrichment program for Black undergraduate women at Dartmouth that aims to build upon the Resilience, Integrity, and Strength of young Black women, Empowering them to be their best selves. This program will facilitate a smooth transition for first-year students on campus through its mentoring program, as well as support upperclasswomen with professional transitions and mentorship by Black women professionals in the northeast.
Implemented in Fall 2015, The SupperTime is a termly dinner that centers the Black Queer experience. Once a term a dinner guest who identifies is brought to campus and students have the opportunity for a group dinner with to celebrate, reflect, and simply just be with one another in a space of openness, support, and safety.
Black Legacy Month at Dartmouth College focuses on moving beyond history to let history inform the present and illuminate the future possibilities of Blackness at Dartmouth and the world at large. This month's theme of "#BlackJoy: Expressions of Blackness" focuses on celebrating the variety of ways students express their identities on campus, recognizing that Blackness is not a monolith and that every contribution has its place and its role in creating a Dartmouth that thrives, values difference, and contributes to the creation of a socially just world. Celebrate with us this month, use the hashtag #BlackJoyDartmouth on social media to share your attendance at various events!
While the logistical support for Black Legacy Month is provided by OPAL, all programs are developed, planned, and implemented by student organizations. The great events this year are put together by the following student orgs: D-Step, Soyeya, AAm, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, NAACP, Dartmouth Minorities in Business Association, Dartmouth Spectra, Men of Color Association, Soul Scribes, Women of Dartmouth, Dartmouth African Student Association, and Black Girls are Magic.
Sponsors and Contributors
Many, many thanks to our sponsors, we couldn't have done any of this without them: V-Feb Dartmouth, SPEC, Office of the President, Dean of the College, Institution on Diversity and Equity, Collis After Dark, Dartmouth Athletics, The Rockefeller Center, Department of Theater, Department of Music, Department of Geography, Department of English, and AAAS. To our sponsors we say "Ubuntu - I am because we are"
Our Speakers for the month are dynamic, be sure to check them out!
The whole campus is celebrating with us, be sure to come out to other events during February 2016:
La Casa and the Department and Spanish and Portuguese have the pleasure to invited you to the talk
"Towards a Theory of Absence and Transatlantic Textual Memory: The Case of Gabriel García Márquez".
In this talk, Sarah Quesada, PhD candidate from Stanford University, will be reassessing the ontological nature of the Caribbean narrative, and the many ways in which African history is found within the margins of the texts, in the foundations of nation-building myths, the talk focuses in the case of García Márquez.
WHEN: Monday, February 8th
PLACE: Rockefeller 001
Alpha Week 2016! Be sure to come out to these events:
February 14th - Valentines Day 5:00pm-6:00pm
February 15th - Alphademics - Career Panel 5:00pm-6:30pm
February 17th - Community Game Night - 8:00pm-10:00pm
February 18th - Are You Smarter Than An Alpha - 7:00pm-9:00pm
February 20th - Stroll Like An Alpha - 9:00pm
Dartmouth Outing Club
When: Sunday, February 21st, 7 PM
Where: Lowe Theater, the Hop
1. Screening of "An American Ascent" http://www.anamericanascent.com/
2. Co-producer of "An American Ascent" and author of The Adventure Gap James Edward Mills will
3. Retired backcountry ranger and former Dartmouth Outdoor Programming Office Staff member
Wayne Hare will speak
4. One of the college aged climbers —Tyrhee Moore – who is in "An American Ascent" will speak
5. Student speakers from different communities on campus on: what makes a place inclusive, in their
OPAL-Black Student Advising is thrilled to partner with Dartmouth College Off-Campus Programs to co-coordinate the HBCU Exchange program. Dartmouth College students have the opportunity to experience a term at either Spelman College or Morehouse College while enrolled on-term. For more information on the application process be sure to look at the The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education website.
A publication of the Afro-American Society, the Black Praxis is an undergraduate news publication dedicated to providing Black news and commentary on the ever-changing events at Dartmouth and around the world. The Black Praxis was established through the efforts of Black students who felt the need for a more comprehensive news medium within the College. The office is located on the first floor of Shabazz Hall.
For many of the children of color in the Upper Valley, it is not uncommon to find themselves in situations where they are the only person of color in school or community settings. The DACC volunteer program - part of the Afro-American Society - is designed to promote positive cultural awareness and expression, and to foster strong relationships between involved students of color and Dartmouth and Upper Valley minority children and their families.
Ujima is a student-run/student-coordinated dance troupe that focuses on expression through movement. The term Ujima is one of the seven Kwanzaa principles and means collective work responsibility. The group operates with these tenets in mind. An organization of the Afro-American Society, Ujima members include both professionally trained and untrained dancers. Its repertoire includes modern dance, jazz, African, and ballet, as well as any other forms participants wish to introduce.
DCC is a student-led cultural organization that strives to celebrate and educate the Dartmouth community about Caribbean culture. The organization was founded by a group of 8 undergraduate students who wanted to share and inform others of our unique cultural heritage. All races, genders and nationalities are welcomed.
The National Society of Black Engineers is a student-run organization that serves to recruit and retain minority students in science at Dartmouth College. Though it is primarily concerned with campus issues, NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Activities are open to the entire Dartmouth community.
National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. Chapters
Multicultural Student Organizations
Dartmouth College Gospel Choir email@example.com
The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir performs concerts during the fall and winter terms in Rollins Chapel, during the spring term in Spaulding Auditorium, at campus events, and at various churches. Audition required? No, but you will be asked to sing to determine your voice range.
Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color (DACC) firstname.lastname@example.org
For many of the minority children in the Upper Valley, it is not uncommon to find themselves in situations where they are the only person of color in school or community settings. The DACC volunteer program - part of the Afro-American Society - is designed to promote positive cultural awareness and expression, and to foster strong relationships between involved students of color and Dartmouth and Upper Valley minority children and their families.
Dartmouth Minorities in Business Association (DMBA) Dartmouth.Minorities.in.Business.Association@dartmouth.edu
At the core, Dartmouth Minorities ins Business (DMBA) is an organization aimed at providing undergraduate students at Dartmouth College with potential business opportunities. This opportunities include pre-internship, internship, and full employment opportunities. In addition, DMBA periodically updates its membership to sponsor various endeavors such as Tuck Mentoring, Career Services resume/cover letter review, Tuck Bridge info session, and many more.
Men of Color Association (MoCA) email@example.com
The Men of Color Alliance is focused on addressing the issues and building a true community of men of color specifically, which deals with the goals and expectations faced by them. The Men of Color Alliance hopes to accept, support and uplift all men of color by bringing their worlds together and engaging a praxis of manhood. This can mean focusing on the social aspects and nuances of being a man of color, the academic burdens and pressure felt at certain times, aiding in professional development, helping to find definitions of manhood or discussing the issues that concern us more personally.
Mosaic provides a supportive forum for individuals who are from multiracial and multicultural backgrounds. Mosaic promotes cultural, social, and educational understanding of the issues facing individuals and groups of mixed heritage.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) NAACP@dartmouth.edu
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
WoCC is a Center for Women and Gender sponsored discussion group devoted to exploring issues women of color may face on campus and providing a bridge that connects participants regardless of residence, affiliation, religion, or sexual identity.
Black Hair Care Services in the Upper Valley
OPAL BSA has secured Willette Caynon and Sean Taylor as professional Black hair care providers available to all students and community members. Willette is a hairstylist with over 20 years of experience with natural and relaxed hair including locs, braids, weaves and extensions. Sean is a Master Barber who has moved to the Upper Valley after working as a barber in Philadelphia for over 15 years. If you prefer to see Sean off-campus he can be reached at his salon at (267) 750-8813.
Proposed Dates for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer 2016-2017/18
|Hairstylist - Willette - TBC||Barber - Sean - CONFIRMED
|No service in Sept||Sept 14|
|Oct 3||Oct 5|
|Oct 31||Nov 2|
|No service in Dec||No service in Dec|
|Jan 9||Jan 11|
|Feb 6||Feb 8|
|Feb 28||March 1|
|April 3||April 5|
|May 1||May 3|
|May 22||May 24|
|June 26||June 7|
|July 17||July 19|
|Aug 21||Aug 23|
In the case that there are unforeseeable circumstances which prevent the hair service providers from traveling to Hanover on previously scheduled visits (i.e. illness, inclement weather, etc.) they will contact the office so that clients can be notified. In the event of such cancellations, providers will resume regular schedule the following month or reschedule.
For the most recent demographic information reach out the the Dartmouth College Admissions Office.
Last Updated: 9/14/16