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.

Update August 3, 2017 Council members are: (Note: Student members will be selected by class year, and faculty members from Arts and Sciences will be appointed by the appropriate faculty governance committee, with these members to join staring Fall, 2017.)

Evelynn Ellis, Chair,

Liz Agosto, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Julie Findley, Chief Operating Officer, Campus Services

Denise Garn, Director, Compensation, Office of Human Resources

Reese Kelly, Senior Associate Dean and Director, Office of Pluralism and Leadership

Allison Malley, Dartmouth Athletics

Suzanne Pendergrass, Assistant Director and Advisor to International Students and Scholars, OVIS

Richard Sansing, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Tuck School of Business

Jane Siebel, Assistant Dean, Recruiting and Diversity, School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

Hannah Silverstein, Senior Writer, Communications

Magda Vergara, Associate Director for Communities, Alumni Affairs

Holly Wilkinson, Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, Thayer School of Engineering

Richard Wright, Professor of Geography

Theosdia Cooke, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, IDE



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



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