Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Statement


The Leslie Center advances the study of meaning, purpose, and creativity in the human experience. We support humanities research and projects that engage students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Dartmouth College and beyond.

In keeping with that mission, we recognize that discrimination profoundly harms individuals and communities, whether it is based on race, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, economic class, or whether it takes any other form. At the Leslie Center, we combat such discrimination by valuing inclusion, equity, and diversity in all that we do.

We foster inclusion by prioritizing research and events open to everyone, and by enabling all humanities scholars to thrive in the Dartmouth community.

We promote equity through the design of our funding opportunities, paying special attention to the particular needs of newer scholars, scholars from underrepresented groups at Dartmouth, and scholars in emerging fields of inquiry.

We celebrate diversity of identities, backgrounds, and academic approaches in various ways: in the awarding of funds for a broad range of humanities research and projects; in the membership of the Faculty Advisory Committee; in the teaching teams in our Humanities course sequence; in the selection process for our postdoctoral fellows.


Racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Structural racism reflects the macrosocial system of public policies and institutional practices that work in various, often reinforcing, ways to perpetuate racial injustice. Interpersonal racism reflects microsocial forces of culture expressed through discourse, attitudes, and behaviors that work in various, often reinforcing ways, to perpetuate racial injustice. Systematic racism is when structural and interpersonal racism operate both separately and together.

Racism in the United States currently perpetuates the systematic oppression of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), denying many in these communities fundamental opportunities and human rights. The Leslie Center is committed to anti-racist work in our intellectual and scholarly community of practice and research at Dartmouth and beyond.

We all have a role to play in dismantling racism and other forms of bias. The faculty, staff and affiliates of the Leslie Center are working towards this goal.

We resolve to proactively support anti-racist scholarship and projects in the humanities.

We resolve to proactively support anti-racist scholarship and projects in the humanities.

We resolve to support and/or hire diverse students, post-docs, faculty, and staff in the fulfillment of the Leslie Center mission. As educators, we will continue to bring many different voices into conversation and provide resources for those who want to learn more about how to support anti-racist movements through action.

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity


The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE) creates partnerships with offices and individuals across the institution to provide resources that promote access, respect, and community for all.