Increase Staff Diversity

Provide training opportunities for new managers

Dartmouth will provide training opportunities for new managers to ensure they have the skills necessary to work with a diverse staff and to create a fully inclusive and equitable work environment.

Institutional Equity and Diversity/Chief Human Resources Officer

The promotion of excellence in the workforce starts with management. Employees taking on supervisory roles should have opportunities to learn management skills, including cross-cultural communication, recognition of implicit bias, and how to build an inclusive team. Opportunities for managers and future managers to acquire these skills are currently insufficient.

Work Group Recommendations: 

The staff working group recommended that Dartmouth "establish a continuing education system in which new and current managers and other exempt/non-exempt employee leaders are required to complete professional development courses in leadership skills and making excellence inclusive."

The program will include but not be limited to: 

  • Transitioning from non-management to a management role
  • Working with diverse staff and creating an inclusive culture
  • Building skills for data-driven leadership and decision-making
  • Training managers to conduct ongoing check-ins with staff

Update June 2, 2017: The manager training propgram, DartSmart, is now operational, and includes the session, "Creating an Inclusive Work Enviroment."

The Office of Human Resources is developing manager and supervisor training for building inclusivity skills. This training is projected to be ready to pilot in February 2017. 


The office of Human Resources launched their DartSmart program in 2016, which is available to all new managers.

DartSmart is a training program focused on the skills required to effectively manage, retain, and build an engaged workforce. This interactive four-part series (three in-classroom and one online module) introduces policies, laws, operating procedures, and supervision and management strategies. Participants have an opportunity to explore issues that challenge and support an inclusive practice when leading Dartmouth's 21st century workforce.

A key component of this program is the closing, interactive session, "Creating an Inclusive Work Environment." The purpose of this training is to promote understanding of the policies of non-discrimination and protected classes in the work environment, raise sensitivity to bias and micro-agressions that undermine participants' credibility as leaders and impact their work with teams, and to reflect on one's role in contributing to an inclusive campus environment.