Diversity Statement

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) facilitates professional development for Dartmouth's teachers. We embrace Dartmouth's commitment to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcome all members of Dartmouth's scholar-educator community to join us in cultivating a culture that values and rewards teaching. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes diversity in many aspects, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, class, and religion. We acknowledge we gather on the indigenous lands of the Abenaki. We welcome and strive to include all voices - those we already have and those we want to include. We encourage you to help us include a diversity of perspectives and experiences in our work.   

We understand that Dartmouth students differ in terms of learning abilities and disabilities, and that these differences affect teaching and course design. We recognize classroom power dynamics associated with race, gender, ethnicity, class, and other identities, and understand how they can impede learning. We believe it is important for teachers to be aware of their own implicit biases, assumptions, values and expectations of students, and be able to articulate how these might affect interactions with students. 

We recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in teaching effectiveness, and therefore provide professional development that allows Dartmouth teachers to create learning environments that welcome, challenge and support all students. We also work to increase our own knowledge and capacity in this area and seek to partner with other staff and faculty who have expertise and conduct programs in these areas.