Humans of Dartmouth
Humans of Dartmouth is an organization supported by the Tucker Center that aims to tell the stories of members of the Dartmouth community through pictures and words. We interview students, staff, and faculty members to learn about their personal experiences and gain their perspective on a variety of issues. Through these conversations, we collect quotes and photographs that we publish on the Humans of Dartmouth Facebook and Instagram pages. Each conversation gives us a compelling glimpse into the life of an individual at Dartmouth.
Open to all class years and experience levels, Humans of Dartmouth is a great way to meet new people and connect with others through meaningful conversations. During a normal term, we would walk up to random people on campus and ask if they would like to be interviewed. The interviewer asks open-ended questions that lead to authentic conversations and encourage the interviewee to open up about their lives. The photographer takes pictures of the interviewee to capture their image as they speak. Afterwards, we post a photograph and a particularly interesting or meaningful quote from the interview on our social media pages.
This term, due to the pandemic, we will be conducting virtual interviews through Zoom. Interviewers and interviewees sign up on a Google form and are then matched with each other for the virtual interviews. The process is the same, except the quote is published with a photograph that the interviewee submits of themselves. Although these conversations are virtual, the content is just as genuine and the things we learn about our fellow Dartmouth community members are just as impactful.
Below is an example of a Humans at Dartmouth interview:
"I think I want to be someone that's consistent. Somebody that you can reach out to when they need someone. Again, I think that at Dartmouth especially, we all have so much going on we oftentimes get stuck in the Duck Syndrome, where everybody's paddling furiously beneath the surface but happens to look okay in their daily life and kind of pull off that they're doing alright, and I think it's really important to have those people in your life that you can turn to and say: "Things aren't okay! This is a hard day," or if you ask them how you're doing, you can be really honest. And I really hope that I'm the kind of friend that is that way, and the kind of person that if you have plans with, will definitely be there, and takes time out of their day to do something special for you."