Key Programs

Black Student Welcome Retreat

The Black Student Welcome Retreat marks the beginning of fall term. This program is an inclusive space for Black-identified students to establish relationships with their peers through culturally-based activities. 

Kinfolk Mentoring Program

OPAL designed KinFolk mentoring to connect Black identified students, at Dartmouth on an intimate level with a focus on socio-cultural development along with personal and professional engagement for student success.

First year students will be partnered with upperclassmen, who are committed to fostering their advancement. KinFolk mentoring pairs two individuals on a one to one basis for more specialized attention throughout their Dartmouth experience. These partnerships create lifelong relationships and valued kinship.

Black Legacy Month

Black Legacy Month (BLM) at Dartmouth College takes place in February and focuses on moving beyond history to let history inform the present and illuminate the future possibilities of Blackness at Dartmouth and the world at large. The purpose of Black Legacy Month is to recognize the Black experience in the U.S. and Dartmouth College, explore topical issues in the Black community while giving context to a vision of what the Black future could be, and engage the Dartmouth community in an appreciation for all that Black people have contributed to the campus and the world at large.

Lorna C. Hill Black Graduation

Formerly known as the Black Baccalaureate, The Lorna C Hill, '73 Graduation and Awards Celebration is a culminating recognition celebration for graduating seniors who identify as part of the Black community. During the Stole Ceremony, students are initiated into the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (BADA), and stoles are received by students to wear during the campus-wide official graduation ceremony. The event typically takes place the Friday of Senior Week/Graduation Weekend.