OPAL Education Fellows


OPAL Education Fellows aim to expand knowledge and education around social justice, promote inclusion in all spaces on campus, and enhance college life and accessibility for all students regardless of background.

OPAL Education Fellows work to do this through programming, projects, collaborations and initiatives across multiple disciplines to:

  • Increase awareness of intersectional and multiple social identities
  • Increase visibility of marginalized groups and experiences on campus and the collaboration and interaction between these groups
  • Increase thoughtfulness of the impact of words and language to create a more respectful Dartmouth environment
  • Provide services and resources that help students develop skills, networks and an increased sense of belonging and community

Become an OPAL Education Fellow

OPAL Education Fellows are students who support OPAL education initiatives through programming and projects related to social justice education, community, and professional development. Some projects students are currently working on include:

  • Building a resource around harmful language and microaggressions
  • Collecting facts around police brutality and mass incarceration

Students work independently or in small groups on their own time and meet weekly as a large group.

Thinking of Becoming an Education Fellow?

Education Fellows is meant for students interested in engaging with social justice from a programming or project-driven lens. Complementary to being an Ambassador, Fellows work more on one-time events, projects or awareness campaigns mixing their personal, academic and professional passions with social justice.

This role is generally a more flexible and shorter time commitment than being an ambassador. The Fellows program is ideal for students exploring their own identities and developing their social justice awareness, for students who do not feel as ready or interested in becoming a facilitator, or for students with limited time and flexibility in their schedules. This tends to be a more self-driven program as students will work independently or in small groups.

In 20W, Ambassadors and Fellows have weekly hourly meetings together to collaborate on ideas and projects.

Time Commitment

The OPAL Education retreat is scheduled for the second weekend of each term.

  • Mandatory for all new OPAL Education students
  • A portion of the retreat will be mandatory for all returning OPAL Education students

New and Returning Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend ALL weekly hourly meeting for the current term
  • Make time for project group meetings or work as needed outside of hourly meetings