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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

DEI in Classroom

Pilot methods for increasing inclusion in Thayer courses, including helping instructors adopt existing best practices and developing materials tailored for our community.

Thayer Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Community Engagement

Foster engagement by providing meaningful learning opportunities within the Thayer community surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.

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.

Strategic Planning

Building on Dartmouth's DEI Strategy, develop an updated 3-year DEI roadmap for Dartmouth Engineering, including objectives, tactics/activities, outcomes, and measures for success, leveraging overarching DEI principles and best practices, customized to our Thayer’s culture.

DEI Committee Members

Faculty and Staff
Julia Abraham, Alexis Abramson, Kelly Blue, Petra Bonfert-Taylor, Nathan Carlson, Faith Goodness, Britt Goods, Katie Hixon, Jess Kinzie, Eugene Korsunskiy, Vicki May, Colin Meyer, Laura Ray, Rafe Steinhauer, Tricia Spellman, Haley Tucker, Holly Wilkinson

Ilyse (Brita) Horlings, Chase Yakaboski, Nandita Nanda

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.

View HofT posts on Instagram or Flickr.

Help us build community by sharing what you love to do, what sustains your curiosity, your biggest influence, or something else about yourself!

HofT Submission Form

Annual Reports

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.