Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students working towards creating a more equitable, diverse, and welcoming place to learn and work.
Mission & Goals
Mission: A Thayer that embodies openness, accessibility, collaboration, and human-centered innovation, that elevates the voices of those from historically marginalized backgrounds, and continually works towards a community that comes together across differences as we respond to the challenges in our world.
"Our goal is to build a community that reflects the rich diversity of the global workforce, and create a culture in which our individual identities and contributions are valued and treated with respect. It's critical that each student, faculty, and staff feel welcome and included to ensure we teach, learn, and discover to our full potential."
—Alexis Abramson, Dean
As part of the larger Dartmouth Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence, the engineering community at Dartmouth aims to:
- Invest in the initiatives that prioritize equity and access by giving deliberate attention to the recruitment, retention, or training hurdles that limit the participation of individuals from historically marginalized groups.
- Improve the health and well-being of our community through organizing resources and programming that meet the specific needs of diverse groups and create a culture where skill-sharing, storytelling, and acts of caretaking and wellness are uplifted.
- Imagine and create a more equitable future in which we listen to and learn from the stories, struggles, and successes of those most impacted by a history of inequities, using them as roadmarkers towards the solutions we practice as a community.
The DEI Committee, in collaboration with members of the Dartmouth engineering community, will focus on the following areas:
Mentorship and Support for BIPOC Students
Develop mentorship programs and support networks for students who are members of the Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) community.
Inclusion in the Classroom
Listen to what students are experiencing in courses now, understand what has worked at Thayer and at other schools, and help instructors adopt more best practices.
Provide more opportunities for community members to come together by organizing events and programming that address traumas and divides while cultivating trust and deepening relationships.
Climate and Culture
Support evidence-based change to policies, norms, and interactions that lead to Thayer being a place where ALL students, staff, and faculty are able to thrive.
Mental Health and Wellness
Focus on ways to support all members of the Thayer community through wellness activities and initiatives, identifying resources, engaging in open and honest dialogue, and making long-term plans.
DEI Committee Members
Petra Bonfert-Taylor, Chair
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
MEM Graduate Student
MS Graduate Student
PhD Innovation Fellow
Director of Human Resources
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Staff Advisor to Student Groups
Associate Professor of Engineering
Professor of Engineering
Professor of Engineering
Humans of Thayer Project
Humans of Thayer (HofT) is a project designed to foster connection, acceptance, and a sense of belonging by sharing the faces and stories of our students, faculty, and staff.
Help us build community by sharing what you love to do, what sustains your curiosity, your biggest influence, or something else about yourself!
Fill out the HofT Submission Form for a chance to be featured.
The DEI Committee provides ongoing documentation of practices, plans, accomplishments, and challenges relevant to their goal of building a more welcoming, equitable place to learn and work, and to creating campus-wide partnerships towards implementing meaningful change.