Create and host an external review committee
Dartmouth will create an external review committee comprised of national thought-leaders in diversity and inclusion in higher education. The external reviewers will report to the board of trustees annually to evaluate Dartmouth's accountability for the commitments outlined in the Action Plan on Inclusive Excellence. The first annual visit to campus will occur in spring 2017.
The following have been named to the Executive Review Committee on Inclusive Excellence: Shaun Harper (chair), Kimberly Griffin, John Rich ’80, Keivan Stassun, and Kiva Wilson ’04.
Dr. Shaun Harper, founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania has agreed to lead the external review committee on inclusive excellence. Dr. Harper is highly accomplished scholar, author and educator. His research examines race and gender in education and social contexts, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. In 2015 he was appointed to President Obama's My Brother's Keeper advisory council, and in 2016 he was recognized by Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education.
Kimberly Griffin is an associate professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program at the University of Maryland, and specializes in studying the experiences of underrepresented communities in higher education. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned her master’s in education policy and leadership at the University of Maryland and her PhD in higher education and organizational change at UCLA. She is the coauthor of two books and author and coauthor of numerous scholarly articles; her interests include access and retention in graduate education and the professorate, diversity within the African American higher education community, and the impact of mentorship relationships on student outcomes.
John Rich, a professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, served as a Dartmouth trustee from 2008 to 2016. A physician and scholar, he received a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2006 for his groundbreaking work on the health needs of urban African American men, which has helped shape public policy discussions and health practices nationwide. The founder of the Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Justice, he is the author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. In 2009, he was inducted as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Rich earned his MD from Duke University and a master’s of public health from Harvard. Formerly he served as medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission and director of the Young Men’s Health Clinic, which he founded in 1993.
Keivan Stassun is the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, senior associate dean for graduate education and research for Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science, and director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics. He earned an AB in physics and astronomy from University of California-Berkeley and his PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An adjunct professor at Fisk University, he helped establish and co-directed the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program, a leader in bringing underrepresented minority students into doctoral programs in the sciences. He has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.
Kiva Wilson manages Facebook’s diversity program, which is developing strategies to recruit and retain talented employees from underrepresented groups. She majored in social geography and international relations at Dartmouth, and went on to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, where she taught in a rural community school and trained teachers. She has held several positions with the Peace Corps, including, most recently, program manager for the Office of Diversity and National Outreach, which works to diversify the volunteer applicant pool. She holds a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard.
Four members of the External Review committee visited Dartmouth's campus on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Shaun Harper, chair of the External Review committee, has had to step aside from participating at this time due to his impending move from the University of Pennsylvania to the University of Southern California where he is establishing a new center on race and education. Dr. Harper will hopefully rejoin the committee once this transition is complete. Professor Kievan Stassun of Vanderbilt University agreed to serve as interim chair for this inaugural visit.
The aim of this visit was to 1.) orient the committee to the goals and strategic vision of Dartmouth's Action Plan on Inclusive Excellence; 2.) give the committee the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities with key accountability holders and participants of the working groups on staff, faculty and student diversity; and 3.) examine the state of the recommended accountability structure.
During their visit on June 7, 2017, the external review committee met with individuals and offices called out in the Action Plan on Inclusive Excellence's accountability structure: The President, Provost, Vice President for Diversity and Equity, the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, as well as participants in the working groups on faculty, staff and student diversity which were the precursors to the Action Plan. They will also met with the Diversity Assessment and Research Team who are responsible for creating the progress report on diversity and inclusion.
Given external review committee members' complicated schedules, the timing of the visit following the conclusion of the term precluded an open forum. The next meeting will be scheduled during term-time so that the external review committee can be available in person to the Dartmouth community. In the interim, community members are encouraged to submit questions, comments and feedback on inclusive excellence through this website, or to [email protected], to be shared with the external review committee for response.
Updated June 28, 2017: The External Review Committee's report will be submitted on June 30, 2017 and will post to the inclusive excellence website not later than July 10, 2017.