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Diversity: Race, Class, Gender
When I arrived at Yale Law, Dean Wellington introduced the class to itself by describing the varied, colorful backgrounds of many of its members. He limited himself to our achievements in life, those things that we had accomplished by virtue of initiative and hard work. What a group it was.
Today at the Geisel School of Medicine, race, class, gender, geography, and a nod to education make up the salient points that the Director of Admissions wishes to emphasize about the incoming class — to the exclusion of all else. Too bad. One would think that Director Welch would wish to stimulate the faculty with a description of the fun they willl have with their multi-talented and worldly students, rather than just pat himself on the back for hewing to the shallow diversity line of the modern academy.
From: Geisel_Faculty Mail List
[mailto:GEISEL_FACULTY@LISTSERV.DARTMOUTH.EDU] On Behalf Of Geisel Administration
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012 5:53 PM
Subject: 2012 Entering Class Autobiographies
To: Geisel School Faculty
From: Andrew G. Welch, Director of Admissions
Re: 2012 Entering Class Autobiographies
Attached are the autobiographies written by our new first-year students.
This year’s class was selected by the admissions committee from an applicant pool of over 5,200 individuals. They are a particularly diverse class—57% are women, more than 20% identified themselves in their application materials as “disadvantaged,” and 17% are in the first generation of their family to graduate from college.
The racial/ethnic self-identity of 11% of the class includes “Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin,” 8% “Black or African American,” and 5% “American Indian or Alaskan Native.” The students come from 28 U.S. states, and eight countries, including the People’s Republic of China , Bulgaria, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, and Zimbabwe. Fifty-four undergraduate institutions are represented (Dartmouth first at 13 students, followed by Amherst , Johns Hopkins , and Middlebury ).
I hope you enjoy working with them!
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…