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Campus Initiatives

Here you'll find selected new initiatives and programs across campus that foster diversity and inclusion while supporting the Dartmouth mission. This list showcases key successes and investments and will be regularly updated. If there's a particular initiative that intrigues you, or you have an idea for a new one, let us know.


  • Provost Dever announced a campus-wide effort to build academic excellence across the faculty, including recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty. A new position, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, will advance these strategies across the institution.
  • The 2014-2015 budget included $1 million in recurring funds to support the hiring of faculty who are under-represented in their fields.
  • The Provost's Office launched a Faculty Cluster Initiative, which will establish cohorts of scholars focused on new intellectual themes or questions that will cut across disciplines. Through faculty collaboration and targeted hiring, this initiative will provide the basis for new courses, curricula, and research opportunities.
  • HR Recruiting has contracted with Americas Job Exchange (AJE) to provide expanded representation of all our staff jobs to diversity job boards locally and nationwide.
  • The Training and Development Team in Human Resources piloted the beginning of a comprehensive leadership and management program.


  • An external campus-wide climate survey will be conducted in 2015-2016, with the intention of reviewing the impact of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors on student, faculty, and staff experiences.
  •  Achieving Community Together Response (previously Bias Impact Reponse Team/BIRT) was created, helping community members report bias activity.
  • Dartmouth web services began a three-year initiative for improving web accessibility, including providing captioning for campus produced video, providing accessibility awareness seminars for all of its staff, and addressing accessibility concerns with campus software purchases.
  • Medical benefits for faculty and staff were expanded to include gender reassignment surgeries, based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care.


  • The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program aims to reduce the serious underrepresentation on faculties of individuals from minority groups by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students committed to addressing racial disparities in higher education. Dartmouth extends the impact of MMUF by sponsoring additional students through an Associate Fellows program, funded by the Dean of Faculty and Provost. 
  • The EE Just Program, which aims to increase the number of minority students majoring in the sciences, received a major funding expansion.
  • The Women in Science Project (WISP) at Dartmouth has developed a variety of programs, activities and strategies to meet individual needs and to enhance the educational achievement for women in the sciences, including an initiative that enables female students to work in labs each term with a faculty mentor.


  • Dartmouth announced a new partnership with the Posse Veterans Program. Each year, a posse of 10 veterans will matriculate at the College as first year students. The first group will matriculate with the Class of 2020.
  • The Admissions Office joined College Board pilot initiative to ensure that all students who have received an SAT® fee waiver also have access to college application fee waivers.
  • All regular decision students admitted to Dartmouth, along with students admitted as part of the Questbridge Match process, who qualify for Dartmouth's free tuition and no loan financial aid initiatives, are eligible to receive fully funded transportation to campus for the Dimensions of Dartmouth program.
  • The Admissions Office, in conjunction with the EE Just Program, the Department of Physics, and the Thayer School of Engineering, offer the Dartmouth Bound program that is designed to provide high school seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and communities with an opportunity to preview college by immersion in student life at Dartmouth.


  • The Office of the President is sponsoring a three-year program that will make Dartmouth Outing Club trips more accessible to students receiving financial aid.
  • The First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP), a five-day pre-orientation and year-long peer mentoring program for students who are among the first in their family to attend a four-year college, was institutionalized.
  • The Inter-Fraternity Council and Panhellenic Council have set aside funds to provide scholarships to members that will defray the costs of chapter dues.
  • Significant policy changes and program enhancements were made to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse on campus. This includes a new student disciplinary policy, bystander intervention programs, robust training for first-responders, and increased staffing.
  • The Triangle House opened in the Fall of 2014 with its inaugural group of residents. Residents living in Triangle House are expected to make a commitment to building an accountable and action-oriented community as well as engaging in the scholarly pursuit of LGBTQIA+ topic.
  • The Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) launched Intergroup Dialogue (IGD), a program that engages Dartmouth students in a six-week curriculum, co-facilitated by student leaders.  IGD fosters a learning environment that encourages students to explore issues of identity, diversity, and inequity, while building skills for and commitment to social responsibility and action.
  • Dartmouth is partnering with the College Transition Collaborative to assess and enhance student success. Working with researchers from Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin and other institutions, the College is evaluating best practices in support of first generation students and students from under-resourced communities.