Letter From the Dean, February 2021

Dear Families, 

One of the unanticipated outcomes of our new COVID-driven Zoom culture has been expanded opportunities for students and other members of our community to participate in programs and activities from wherever they may be. Attendance at many of the College's programs and events, and opportunities for student exposure to and engagement with guest speakers, has increased in many ways through the availability of virtual programs and videos. 

This winter, we've seen a wide range of virtual programming in connection with the College's Martin Luther King celebration, Black Legacy Month, and student-led Visibility programming to promote gender equity.  I hope you'll take a few moments to view these terrific short videos of students and alumni featured in our programming this term:

*Morgan Ellingson '23 and Bill Cheng '22, co-presidents of Access Dartmouth, winner of the 2021 Student Group Social Justice Award, speaking of Access Dartmouth's commitment to advocating for inclusive access, universal design and a more supportive environment for students with disabilities. 

*Ana Sumbo '22 and Anthony Fosu '24, members of the Black Legacy Month planning committee, sharing their reflections on engaging the entire Dartmouth community in considering the theme of "Defining a Generation: The Triumph, Power and Legacy of Black Women". 

*Allie Young '13, winner of the 2021 Social Justice Emerging Leader Award, a Native American storyteller, writer and director of Protect the Sacred - a grassroots initiative to protect native elders, language and culture - reflecting on how much there is to learn from Indigenous peoples. 

*Alex Bernadotte '92, winner of the 2021 Social Justice Ongoing Commitment Award, describing her experience as a first generation student at Dartmouth, and her commitment to ensuring that "every single student has the opportunity to earn a college degree that allows them to provide for their families, contribute to society and break the cycle of poverty for the next generation". 

*The Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life recording of the annual Martin Luther King Multi-faith Celebration, and an excerpt from the service featuring members of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir.

Looking ahead, programming continues through the end of the month, including our Visibility programs and the last few events of Black Legacy Month. Please encourage your students to join in. 

Finally, I'm delighted to introduce our new Associate Dean of Community Life and Inclusivity, Dr. Bryant Ford, who will be playing a key role in our work with students of all backgrounds and identities. I'm thrilled to have Dr. Ford join us in this role and look forward to sharing more about our work together in the months ahead. 

All my best,

Kathryn Lively
Dean of the College
Professor of Sociology