Dartmouth LGBT students will have an affinity house by 2013 or 2014. Dartmouth, a university that ranks among the most welcoming to LGBT students and faculty, is moving ahead with plans to build the house. Money has been set aside for the project from the school’s capital budget. It’s a project that was championed by former Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim (who is now the president of the World Bank) and spearheaded by Pam Misener, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership’s longtime but outgoing advisor to LGBTQA students.
While there was already a room devoted to the LGBT community at Dartmouth (in Robinson Hall), this affinity house marks a major accomplishment for Misener in setting out to be a leader among American universities with regard to LGBT inclusivity. The LGBT community at Dartmouth College is a vibrant one, one that grows stronger each and every year. With this house, Pam Misener has most certainly left her mark on the community.
At a school where just about 50% of students are members of fraternities and sororities (although most don’t live within the fraternity and sorority houses), this gives LGBT students another option to become part of a community that welcomes and embraces them. We salute Dartmouth College for continuing to trail-blaze the landscape of LGBT rights. It is truly inspirational and other universities should follow in its example.
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