Dartmouth's undergraduate population is more diverse than it has ever been-33 percent are students of color, compared to 20 percent five years ago-and the College continues to work to ensure that its diversity contributes to students' learning and to the spirit of close community that has long been a Dartmouth hallmark.
Since the 2001 report of the Committee on Institutional Diversity and Equity, Dartmouth has appointed two new positions, the Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity and an Associate Dean of Student Life for Pluralism and Leadership. Both positions provide leadership to Dartmouth's diversity efforts and work to develop and share a vision of diversity at Dartmouth.
The Dean of the College Office has increased from half-time to full-time the positions for advisors to Latino/Latina, Asian and Asian American, African American and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
In 2003, Dartmouth filed an amicus brief in the University of Michigan admissions cases, to support the right of colleges and universities to take race into consideration in admissions decisions. Dartmouth's individualized admissions process follows just such an approach, and we were pleased to hear our process affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Grutter decision.