DGALA and DCF Scholars Event (5/11/22)

DGALA and the DCF are excited to be partnering for this live digital event for DGALA alums to meet one of our DGALA/DCF scholars.

Join us for an online conversation on Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm (EDT) as Awo Adu ’22 will share moments from her Dartmouth experience. To receive your personalized link, please register via the email distributed to DGALA members. Need help registering? Email dartgala@gmail.com.

Awo Adu D’22
Learn how Awo uses art for healing and her work with reviving, reorganizing, and rebranding the Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association (BUTA), as well as her mentorship efforts in both the Black and FGLI communities on campus.

HOMETOWN: Lowell, MA
MAJOR: Film & Media Studies modified with AAAS

2022 DGALA Mini-Reunion in Hanover

Join fellow DGALA members in Hanover for the return of our annual in-person all-class mini-reunion, Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2022!

Our current event schedule (all events are free):

Drinks at Six South
Friday, June 17, time TBA
Six South Street Hotel

DGALA Annual Reunion Breakfast with President Phil Hanlon ’77
Saturday, June 18, 9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
Hinman Forum, Rockefeller Center

Do you have ideas? Do you want to get involved and help organize? Send us an e-mail at dartgala@gmail.com!

More details to follow; please monitor this page for updates.

LGBTQIA Women at Dartmouth in the Early Years (5/10/22)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of coeducation, the Dartmouth LGBTQIA+ Alum Association (DGALA) and Women of Dartmouth invite you to an event exploring Dartmouth stories and perspectives of queer and trans women pre- and post-coeducation.

LGBTQIA Women at Dartmouth in the Early Years
May 10, 2022
7pm-8:30pm EST
Register online

Dana Bevan ’69, Mary Klages ’80, Amelia Cramer ’82, and Dottie Foley ’86 will speak about their journey to and through Dartmouth, where they found queer community, their struggles and triumphs, and their personal and professional lives since graduation.

Becca Wade ’22 and Jess Chiriboga ’24 will join the conversation to share about their own experiences as queer students on campus now and throughout COVID-19.

This event will be moderated by S. Caroline Kerr ’05, a current Dartmouth Trustee, and is co-sponsored by all Dartmouth alumni affiliated groups and the Dartmouth Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL).

Courtesy of the Dartmouth Library

My Journey to Dartmouth and Beyond (4/7/22)

"Dartmouth Coeducation at 50" bannerTo commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our Native American entities at Dartmouth (NAP, NAD, and NAIS), Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth and Women of Dartmouth invite you to ‘My Journey To Dartmouth And Beyond’, a panel of three phenomenal alumnae highlighting their stories of Dartmouth, and beyond. In showcasing these women’s stories, we will shine a light on their contributions to Dartmouth and their alumni & Native communities, as well as the profound impact that Dartmouth had on them. We are proud of our alums – come and hear about their journeys.

Panelists

  • Hilary C. Tompkins (’90, Navajo), current Dartmouth Trustee
  • Mabelle Drake Hueston (’86, Navajo), former co-chair of the Native American Visiting Committee (NAVC)
  • Sarah Harris (’00, Mohegan), NAVC committee member

Moderator

  • Kalina Newmark (’11, Dene), co-chair of the NAVC and former Alumni Council representative of the Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth (NAAAD).

Please join us for this important conversation.

My Journey to Dartmouth and Beyond
Thursday, April 7, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. EST
Register online

This event is co-hosted by the Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth and Women of Dartmouth, and co-sponsored by all affiliated alumni groups.

Jonathan Skurnik ’86 on his LGBT-themed Documentaries

Pete Williams ’76, November 2021
(excerpted in the November 2021 DGALA newsletter)

On October 7th this fall, DGALA hosted a Zoom event with Jonathan Skurnik ’86 about his documentary films “Becoming Johanna” and “A Portrait of Robert Jackson.” “Becoming Johanna” (2016) follows a transgender Latina teen as she is rejected by her mother and deals with life issues over a 5-year period. Skurnik made the Jackson short documentary when he was a senior at Dartmouth; it is a roving-around-campus interview with Robert Jackson ’86, who speaks candidly about his struggles as a black man and a gay man. The film had never been digitized, and so DGALA put up the funds to do so, and the film now will be permanently housed in the Dartmouth library system. Jonathan made both films were made available to DGALA members for viewing before the Zoom event and for a limited time thereafter. If you are interested in seeing either or both, or the Zoom event, email us at DartGALA@gmail.com.

The event was hosted by DGALA leader Lee Merkle-Raymond ’86, who knew Jonathan while the two were at Dartmouth; questions from the audience followed. The following is a summary of what was discussed.

Jonathan on Why He Made Becoming Johanna

I was gender non-conforming as a youth, and I was horribly bullied. So this project was personal to me. And it is for all youth, as well as all adults: we all are gender non-conforming to some extent, and we all are oppressed by a strict binary system. I had been reading about transgender youth living in communities that supported them. These children and their families were doing what my community hadn’t been able to do when I was a child. As a social change filmmaker, I wanted to document and help grow the movement that embraces rather than suppresses children with gender expansive identities. I found Johanna in an LA program for transgender youth, when she was 16. We worked together for five years as I followed her, and later as we toured the country to speak to large groups about the film [which also appeared on PBS].

Jonathan on the Robert Jackson ’86 Film

Robert was my friend at Dartmouth, and he had come out to me about a month before we made the film. Filmmaking was my passion at Dartmouth, and I asked if he would collaborate with me on a film about him, discussing his being black, and possibly his sexual orientation. Robert agreed, and he did come out during the filming. Later the film was screened at Webster Hall to over 300 people (as one of ten films from Jonathan’s class). Robert and I sat together; Robert was nervous; I told him I’d tell them not to run it if he wished, but he said, “No; it’s OK.” We held hands for the whole film. Afterwards, Robert received a standing ovation and much support from the audience.

Jonathan on the Future and Continued Relevance of LGBTQ+ Film-Making

There is still so much oppression and homophobia in our culture. Look at the status of Roe: such protections will continue to be under attack for many years. It is just part of the picture of progress against oppression. No one wants to give up OutFest in LA, or NewFest in New York City. I filmed a convention of LGBTQ+ Jewish young people in Orlando a few years ago. There were extremes of experience. Some kids were threatened; but in other communities there was no need to come out, as a variety of orientations were accepted. That is more what it is like today – levels of acceptance and oppression vary all around the country, and we need to approach the topic in that regard.

Jonathan Speaking with Green Light after the Zoom Event

“It was a joy to connect with both alumni and students to discuss my films. DGALA supported the digitization of the first major film that I made at Dartmouth, which I hadn’t viewed in over 25 years. It was gratifying to realize that the voice and themes that I’ve developed over a lifetime of creative output were incubated and developed while I was a student, and to see the extraordinary similarities between my very first film and my most recent PBS documentary. Another key part of my life that started at Dartmouth is my lifelong commitment to being an ally to the LGBTQ community, and making the world safe for all of us who deviate from the gender binary.”

Comment from Student Leader Jess Chiriboga ’24 About the Event

“Within, Dartmouth’s LGBTQ+ club, gathered together in Brace Commons over delicious pizza (thank you DGALA for funding!) and yummy snacks and desserts! There were a couple of new faces, which was incredible. Our group especially enjoyed seeing Dartmouth of the past in Jonathan Skurnik ’86’s film on Robert Jackson ’86. Collis sure looks a lot different these days! Thank you to DGALA for the incredible Q&A, the free pizza, and for digitizing the Jackson film for us to enjoy!”