Increase Transparency

Form Council on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity to advise senior leadership

By September 15, 2016, Dartmouth will form a new Council on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity, comprised of students, faculty and staff drawn from all schools and divisions. The council will advise the president, provost, executive vice president and vice president for institutional diversity and equity. The council will share best practices from throughout the institution; monitor progress; ensure that departments, divisions and schools are aware of training opportunities; and provide updates and recommendations to senior leadership. 




The mission and charge for the Council on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity was approved and adopted by the Executive Committee on Inclusive Excellence on February 20, 2017 (posted under Documents). The Vice President for Diversity Evelynn Ellis is conducting a nomination process for members to this committee representing the student body, faculty and staff. Nominations are due March 17, 2017.

Update May 25, 2017: The Council on Institutional Diversity and Inclusivity met on May 23, 2017 to review the purpose for the Council, goals for the coming year, set a meeting schedule, update members on inclusive excellence projects and identify strategies for working with senior leadership.


Here are the Council on Diverstiy and Inclusion members: (updated April 2019)

  • Barbara D Draper    Director, Strategic Initiatives, MBA Program, Interim Director of OPAL    Tuck School of Business, OPAL
  • Denise M Garn    Diretor of Compensation    The Office of Human Resoures
  • Evelynn Ellis    Vice President of IDE    Institutional Diversity & Equity
  • Hannah Silverstein    Senior Writer    Office of Communications
  • Holly Wilkinson    Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs    Thayer School of Engineering
  • Jane B Seibel    Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity, and Communications    Guarini School of Graduate & Advanced Studies
  • Jon K Plodzik    Director of Services    Darthmouth Campus
  • Julie E Findley    Chief Operating Officer    Campus Services
  • Keiselim A Montas    Interim Director of Safety & Security    Safety & Security Department
  • Kenneth Amaya    PhD Student     PBS Department
  • Punam A Keller    Deputy Dean Professor of Management    Tuck School of Business
  • Robyn L Harris    Program Coordinator    Institutional Diversity & Equity
  • Sharon E Bickel    Associate Professor of Biological Science    Department of Biological Sciences
  • Stephanie LR White    Assistant Dean of Diversity,  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics    Geisel School of Medicine
  • Shelbi M Fitzpatrick    Student '19    Dartmouth College
  • Suzanne D Pendergrass    Assistant Director and Advisor to International Students & Scholars    Office of Visa and Immigration Services
  • Tana Perezcastaneda    Chief Operating Officer    Information, Technology, & Consulting
  • Theodosia S Cook    Director of Campus Climate and Culture Initiative    Presidents Office
  • Victoria Gonin    Deputy Director, Alumni Relations    Advancement


Dartmouth College Diversity Council

Mission and Responsibilities

The mission of the Dartmouth College Diversity Council is to assist the President, Provost, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Institutional Diversity & Equity in addressing concerns that impact inclusivity for all members of the Dartmouth Community. Such concerns include but are not limited to the diversity of the student body, faculty and staff. In addition, climate concerns should be a major focus for the Council.

The Council will be chaired by the Vice President of Institutional Diversity & Equity, consist of staff members on various levels of employment, faculty members from assistant to full professors, and students from first through fourth years. The students will be nominated by student affairs via the Dean of the College. The faculty and staff members will be nominated by the VP of IDE taking suggestions from the Employee Resource Network, and other campus administrators and will be approved by the President and Provost. Council membership can range from 12-15 members. The Council should represent diversity in as many ways as possible, reflecting the diversity of the campus and community, but special attention given to the diversity of the student body. Council members should serve at least three consecutive years with the option of continuing beyond three years if they choose.

As a functioning Council the group will:

  • Be informed about the statistical makeup of the faculty, staff and students of diverse populations, understanding where the numbers are lower than preferred and help propose means to increase those numbers. The Affirmative Action Plan will provide this data.
  • Be informed about the issues impacting the classroom, work spaces and surrounding communities that can affect students in positive and negative ways. Suggest actions or changes that can enhance the student experience. The most recent campus climate study will help inform the Council. The group should make recommendations for future studies based on information provided by the assessment and research teams. There should be consistent communication between the Council and these two teams.
  • The Council should meet annually with the External Review Committee for Inclusive Excellence, invite as needed, deans, non-academic leaders, and others to meetings when it is determined that such conversations would benefit the Dartmouth community in moving inclusive activities forward.
  • Make suggestions to the Chair, President and Provost, on ways to enhance our efforts pertaining to diversity and equity, be proactive in exhibiting leadership in discussions and actions. Such suggestions might include review of hiring, promotion, tenure and termination processes by appropriate persons.
  • Host community forums annually in concert with the Inclusive Excellence Executive Committee to assess how the Dartmouth community feels the Inclusive Excellence processes are progressing.
  • Assist the Chair in helping recruit more Dartmouth employees to become active participants in the College’s diversity mission and goals. These active participants can assist in programming, training, or recruitment and hiring activities, depending on their professional qualifications and interests.

February 28, 2017