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Message from President Folt and Dean Johnson

January 20, 2013

Dear members of the Dartmouth community,

Tomorrow, we formally begin the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the examination of the global impact of his life's work. We extend our deepest appreciation to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators that have been working all year to develop a program designed to engage us in meaningful reflection and deepen our individual and community commitment to understanding one another, respecting difference, and leading with courage.

Needless to say, we were disappointed to learn yesterday that someone posted racist graffiti on a whiteboard in the Choates Residence Cluster. This is the second reported bias incident this academic year. We reiterate that racist acts or any behavior targeted to harm members of our community are unacceptable.

The Bias Incident Response Team has responded quickly, is investigating the matter, and is providing support to impacted students. We ask that anyone with information that could assist in identifying the person or persons responsible contact Safety and Security at (603) 646-4000.

In addition, we will be working with interested faculty, students, staff, and administrators to coordinate ongoing programming that will advance our collective understanding of the terrible impacts of bias and further the conversation about what it means to be a truly caring, respectful, and inclusive community. The first in a series of programs and conversations will be held this week. We hope that you will participate.

Sincerely,

Carol L. Folt
President

Charlotte H. Johnson
Dean of the College

Last Updated: 1/23/13