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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Dartmouth, we know that diversity, in all its forms, is central to engineering innovation. That is why we strive to create an engineering community where people of all backgrounds, identities, experiences, and perspectives can learn and discover to their fullest potential in a community where each individual can feel an innate sense of belonging. In doing so, we create a community where true human-centered innovation happens.
Our Mission and Goals
"Our goal is to build a community that reflects the rich diversity of our world and create a culture in which individual identities and contributions are valued and respected. It's critical that every student, faculty, and staff feel welcome to teach, learn, and discover to their full potential."
—Alexis Abramson, Dean
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth strive to build a school 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.
DEI Strategic Plan
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan was built in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff during a nearly year-long process. Aligned with Dartmouth's Toward Equity: Aligning Action and Accountability plan, Thayer aims to build a learning and research community that prioritizes equity, health, and well-being, and creates a more inclusive future through the plan's actions, desired outcomes, and metrics.
DEI Committee Members
Thayer's 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.
Faculty and Staff
Alexis Abramson, Petra Bonfert-Taylor, Linda Braden, Jentry Campbell, Peter Chin, Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Sol Diamond, Simge Engelkiran, Mattias Fitzpatrick, Britt Goods, Katie Hixon, Kelli Kehoe, Jess Kinzie, Lee Koh, Eugene Korsunskiy, Izzy LaBombard, Mark Laser, Bruce Laferriere, Wesley Marrero, Vicki May, Erin Mayfield, Colin Meyer, Ashley Parker, Candace Potter, Laura Ray, Jen Seiler, Hélène Seroussi, Tricia Spellman, Rafe Steinhauer, Tad Truex, Haley Tucker, Holly Wilkinson
Chase Yakaboski (PhD)
Members of the DEI Committee, in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff community, will focus work on several strategic areas, including:
Leadership & Accountability
Align leaders to a shared commitment to DEI and to building an inclusive culture where every individual is empowered to work, learn, and discover to their fullest potential.
Communicate & Amplify Thayer's DEI Commitment & Efforts Subgroup
Chair: Vicki May
Members: Petra Bonfert-Taylor, Lee Koh, Jen Seiler, and Holly Wilkinson
Align Leaders to DEI & Policies Subgroup
Chair: Sol Diamond
Members: Alexis Abramson, Wesley Marrero, and Erin Mayfield
Culture, Climate & Community Engagement
Cultivate an inclusive culture in which all students, staff, and faculty feel a sense of connection and belonging.
Chair: Katie Hixon
Members: Linda Braden, Britt Goods, Izzy LaBombard, Colin Meyer, and Haley Tucker
Recruitment & Retention
Integrate DEI into recruitment and retention processes and practices to create an environment where faculty and staff thrive and feel secure and supported.
Staff Orientation & Onboarding Subgroup
Chair: Tricia Spellman
Members: Jentry Campbell, Peter Chin, Kelli Kehoe, Bruce Laferriere, and Tad Truex
Faculty Orientation & Onboarding Subgroup
Chair: Peter Chin
Members: Mattias Fitzpatrick, Ashley Parker, Laura Ray, Helene Seroussi, and Rafe Steinhauer
The Student Experience
Integrate DEI into policies, practices, curriculum, and programs that impact the student experience at Thayer.
Chair: Britt Goods
Members: Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Simge Engelkiran, Katie Hixon, Jess Kinzie, Eugene Korsunskiy, Candace Potter, and Chase Yakaboski Th'24
Communication & Information Sharing
Collect and share ongoing DEI efforts, resources, outreach activities. Continue to increase awareness, highlight, and provide space and opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their stories.
Chair: Linda Braden
Members : Lee Koh, Mark Laser, and Rafe Steinhauer
Tenure & Transparency
Review and update information and resources for tenure-track faculty. Identify opportunities to make tenure process more transparent and equitable and address faculty concerns.
Chair: Benoit Cushman-Roisin
Members: Mattias Fitzpatrick, Wesley Marrero, Ashley Parker, Laura Ray, and Helene Seroussi
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!
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.