About Advising

OPAL Deans provide counsel, support, and referrals to undergraduate students on a wide variety of academic, personal, social, cultural, and community-related concerns.


Through 1-1 conversations, we mentor and guide students through experiences such as:

  • transitioning to a new environment and culture
  • finding one's place or community at Dartmouth
  • navigating intra-community identity politics
  • exploring personal identity 
  • manifesting self-care or squad-care
  • developing strategies for self-advocacy
  • managing institutional and interpersonal power dynamics
  • connecting with support services and resources across campus
  • leveraging personal- and community-based strengths to thrive at and beyond Dartmouth

OPAL Deans also serve in rotation on the "Dean-on-Call" system, a 24-hr emergency student support service.