The receipt this week of survey data and committee recommendations about the Dartmouth community will move the work to create a more diverse and inclusive campus to the next phase.
Results of the Dartmouth Community Study survey, administered in October, and recommendations from the three working groups in the Inclusive Excellence initiative have been received by President Phil Hanlon ’77 and Provost Carolyn Dever, they wrote in an email sent today to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
A series of forums will be held this month at which President Hanlon, Dever, and others want to hear from community members about the data and recommendations.
“In the coming weeks we will be holding forums to discuss the findings. We hope you will join us,” Hanlon and Dever wrote.
The community study was launched a year ago to give College officials a better understanding of the living, learning, and working environment at Dartmouth. The survey was part of the study and was administered by the firm Rankin & Associates, which specializes in campus climate assessments. Those who are interested can read both the executive summary of the survey and the full report.
The three working groups, part of the Inclusive Excellence initiative, were a faculty group, chaired by Denise Anthony, vice provost for academic initiatives; a student group, co-chaired by Rebecca Biron, dean of the College, and Inge-Lise Ameer, vice provost for student affairs; and a staff group, chaired by Ahmed Mohammed, director of talent acquisition for human resources.
The groups studied existing data and diversity and inclusivity initiatives at the College as well as best practices across the country to develop recommendations for an executive committee made up of Hanlon, Dever, Executive Vice President Rick Mills, and Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity Evelynn Ellis.
Executive committee members will study the recommendations, the survey data, and feedback from the community forums and will present an action plan to the community before the end of spring term.
“The well-being of our community is important to us and essential to Dartmouth’s success,” wrote Dever and Hanlon. The survey results and working group information “are not ends in themselves but, rather, tools that we will use to help guide our work and assess our progress in building a more diverse and inclusive Dartmouth.”