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The Tucker Center

6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3780

The Tucker Center

The William Jewett Tucker Center inspires and supports responsible leadership in students, faculty, and staff. Our programs offer opportunities to cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose through spiritual, ethical, and moral exploration and engagement. More than 20 percent of Dartmouth's undergraduate students take part in our programs.

Tucker provides a unique experience to every student who enters our doors. Come make your home with us!

Baccalaureate 2017

The Tucker Center is excited to welcome Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord as the keynote speaker for our Baccalaureate Ceremony on Saturday, June 10!

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD (Navajo) is an author and surgeon, and the first Navajo woman to be board-certified in surgery. She is a member of the Ponderosa Pine (Tsinnajinnie) and Salt (Ashi'hii' Dine') clans. She was raised in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Her memoir, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam, 1999), tells the story of her journey from the reservation to the operating room and of her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine. She currently holds an appointment as Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Alvord was named an Arthur Vining Davis Scholar in 2016. In 2013, she was nominated for the position of Surgeon General of the United States, by the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board.

Alvord earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1979, received her doctorate of medicine (MD) at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1985, and completed her residency in general surgery at Stanford University Hospital. She served as associate dean, student affairs, at Dartmouth Medical School from 1997-2009, Central Michigan College of Medicine (2010-2012), and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (2012-2014). In addition to other medical practice and teaching positions, she served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 2008-2010, and she has been a member of many NIH study sections. Her research has focused on surgical outcomes and health disparities in Native American populations. Additional interests include Native American health and healing practices, integrative medicine, and the creation of healing environments. Alvord has been awarded honorary degrees from Albany Medical College, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Pine Manor College, and has been a commencement speaker at five medical schools. She is featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit, "Changing the Face of Medicine," honoring pioneering women physicians over the past 150 years.

"Ceremonies work at multiple levels, but primarily they heal the mind, which helps to heal the body. Chant, song, prayer, and guided imagery are used, in an elaborate form of mind-body medicine. Subsistence living and environmental sustainability principles are also found in ceremony teachings, and are examples of how interconnection can promote sustainability theory and teach humans a way of living that honors and protects our natural world. "–LORI ARVISO ALVORD


Federal Policy on Immigration


Rabbi Daveen Litwin Named Tucker Center Dean and Chaplain


"I am committed to creating portals of entry to engage in spiritual
exploration, reflection, and celebration in a caring, inclusive
environment that promotes dignity and mutual respect for differing
perspectives," says Rabbi Daveen Litwin. (Photo courtesy of Daveen

Read the full Dartmouth Now article on Rabbi Litwin's appointment.


Multifaith & Religious Diversity

We encourage multi-faith learning and engagement through our Multi-faith Initiative. We look to build relationships through the exploration of the variety of religious faith, honoring common ground and shared concerns while not shying away from real and significant difference.

We also support more than two dozen diverse religious groups that provide opportunities for students to grow spiritually.


2016-2017 Tucker Staff

Reach out to any member of our amazing staff with questions!

 Tucker Staff 16F

(Photo by Dondei Dean, '17)

Be not content with the commonplace of character any more than the commonplace in ambition or intellectual attainment. Do not expect you will make any lasting or very strong impression on the world through intellectual power without the use of an equal amount of character and heart of William Jewett Tucker, ninth president of the College


Last Updated: 9/13/17