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Charlotte Sent Staffers to Africa
When a student passes away, the College offers counseling services to undergraduates to help them deal with their grief. However, when Ernest Amoh of Takoradi, Ghana, who was a rising sophomore at Trinity University in Hartford, Connecticut, drowned in a swimming accident at the Chieftan Inn in June last year, the College felt that it could do more. Ernest was the brother of Justice Amoh ‘13, who was celebrating his graduation when the death occurred.
First the College put in place its usual grief support program for undergraduates, as the D described:
Dean of the College staff, counselors and the College chaplain were in Collis Common Ground throughout Wednesday night to support students. College services, including drop-in hours at the Tucker Foundation and the Undergraduate Deans Office, were available Thursday and Friday.
The College is in contact with the victim’s family. Elizabeth Agosto, special assistant to the Dean of the College, said the response team will contact individuals with a direct relationship to the student affected.
However, beyond that effort — in a decision that was not reported in The D — Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson (photo) decided to send OPAL’s Advisor to Black Students Dr. Tiffany Mosley and another College staff member to Ghana to support the Amoh family in their time of need. That decision was an exceptionally generous one on the part of Dartmouth. Between airline flights, hotels, travel to and from airports, meals and paid staff time, the total cost of the two staffer’s trip to Ghana had to be in the range of $10,000-$20,000.
One wonders what other decisions of this type Charlotte Johnson has made.
Addendum: Several e-mails that I sent to Tiffany Mosley were not answered, and I was unable to get through to her on the phone. As a rule, calls to Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership go straight to voicemail.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…
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