As you may know from reading our college admissions blog or from following the goings on at Dartmouth College, a select few members of Dartmouth’s LGBT community have expressed their anger at The College on the Hill. If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you also know that we write a ton about LGBT supportive (and unsupportive) colleges in the hope of informing LGBT high schoolers. We want them to know which colleges have their back…and which ones don’t. Dartmouth College is one such college that absolutely has the back of its LGBT students and this is precisely why we are a bit frustrated by these select students who seem to only harbor anger towards one of the most LGBT-friendly colleges in all of America.
In fact, just today, Dartmouth’s LGBT alumni association sent out an email that offered a glimpse into Dartmouth’s new Triangle House. As described in the email, Triangle House is “Dartmouth’s exciting new living and learning community for LGBTQIA students.” The email went on to call this moment: a “historic moment for Dartmouth LGBTQIA students.” Now, we don’t live in a bubble. Are there instances when college students create environments that aren’t supportive of LGBT students? Of course. Does Dartmouth have a fraternity culture? Yes, it does. But simply having a fraternity culture does not mean a college is homophobic. Heck, check out this video of a friend of ours, a student who came out in a Dartmouth fraternity several years ago. Check out how supportive his lacrosse teammates and fraternity brothers were. And that was several years ago!
The new Dartmouth president reneged on a job offer to a homophobic person who was slated to run Dartmouth’s Tucker Foundation because, it was learned, he expressed homophobic views. Dartmouth employs one of the leading gay scholars of our time in Michael Bronski and he is a source of great pride to many in Dartmouth’s LGBT community. We just wanted to point a couple of these things out because while there are voices that are being very critical of Dartmouth’s treatment of LGBT students, there are other voices that deserve to be heard as well. The Dartmouth of today is a very different one from the Dartmouth of the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, and even 2000’s. And that’s a good thing!