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Class Projects

Dartmouth Partners In Community Service

A portion of the money we collect from Class Dues is committed to our sponsorship of Class Projects. We currently support Dartmouth Partners in Community Service with an annual gift of $5,000.

DPCS was started by the Class of ’59 at their 35th reunion and is now a project that has been adopted by 20 classes, including the Classes of ’86, ’87, and ’88. Currently approximately 40 student interns engaged in social impact work are supported each year through this program, which is administered by the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact.

Together with the Center, DPCS has supported over 800 Dartmouth undergraduates in alumni mentored internships in nonprofits across the U.S. and engaged over 400 alumni mentors from 57 Dartmouth alumni classes.

In addition to the experience they gain from social impact work, DPCS interns are also matched with a Dartmouth alum from a sponsoring class who serves as a local mentor.  This is a unique aspect of the DPCS program compared to internship programs at peer institutions. Alumni mentors meet with the intern at the beginning, middle and end of the internship to discuss the student’s internship goals and objectives, their plans, progress and challenges, and evaluate the experience. Mentors provide support as needed, in person, by phone or by email. Mentors need not be involved in the community service agency, but should be located geographically near the site of the internship. Serving as an alumni mentor is a great opportunity to connect with a current Dartmouth student and provide friendly guidance and support.

Mentoring is a central aspect of DPCS internships and we encourage classmates to get involved as mentors and the program seeks expertise in the following areas:

  • Healthcare and community/public health experience in Boston (DPCS Boston Community Health Internship Program), but also generally across the country.
  • Social impact experience in San Francisco (DPCS San Francisco Social Impact Internship Program) and Philadelphia
  • Alumni with experience in social impact work, as a career or volunteer, across the United States in a multitude of sectors- law, education, housing, youth work, policy,anti-poverty, immigration, food, sustainability, etc.

Are you interested in serving as a mentor to a future DPCS intern?  Please contact our DPCS class representative, Veronica Jenkins (click her email link in the Class Projects Chairs section below).

Your Class Project donations help make a difference for Dartmouth Students and the communities they serve!

“What motivates me to be a change maker is my family history. My family was able to escape as refugees and build new lives thanks to those who did this work. I feel compelled to help refugees and asylees so that they too can have this opportunity.”
Chris Jun ’22
Class of ’85 DPCS Intern

Class Projects Chairs

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Veronica Jenkins
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Pamela Poncé-Johnson
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Past Projects

Our Class supported the Center for Professional Development Student Internship. The Class of 1985 was the first class to adopt this program as a class project. The CPDSI was a program initiated by President Hanlon to support students who are taking their learning beyond the classroom.

Before our 25th Reunion we sponsored the work of a group of Dartmouth alumni creating a book and movie about the history of Dartmouth skiing entitled, Passion For Skiing. The book is a wonderful history of Dartmouth’s involvement in the ski industry, and a movie along the same lines is in the works.

As a Class Project we sponsored high school students in the Tucker Foundation-led Summer Enrichment At Dartmouth (SEAD) program. SEAD offers an exciting and challenging multi-year enrichment experience for pre-college teens from under-resourced urban and rural high schools. Based on the Dartmouth College campus during the summer term, the program brings together college and community resources to provide a unique opportunity for growth for all involved.

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