2015 DGALA Mini-Reunion in Hanover

Join us for our Annual Mini-Reunion in Hanover, and stay in touch with our reunion updates on Facebook! No separate registration is required for our reunion events. For details about the reunion schedule while you are on campus, feel free to reach out to Melanie Pastuck ’11 (908-310-3714 or mpastuck@gmail.com).

June 19, 2015 to June 21, 2015: Event Schedule: 

Friday Evening: Annual Drinks at Six South Street Hotel
Saturday 9-10:30am: Brunch in Hinman Forum (Rockefeller Center)
Saturday 2-3pm: Faculty Speaker, newly appointed Assistant Professor Eng-Beng Lim (Haldeman 041):
http://dartmouth.edu/faculty-directory/eng-beng-lim

More Mini-Reunion details TBA!

If you are looking to carpool up to campus with another DGALA member, reach out to DARTGala@gmail.com and we can help coordinate!

Experiencing a More Inclusive Dartmouth

Dartmouth Now article, published November 17, 2014, “Experiencing a More Inclusive Dartmouth” by Caroline Kerr ’05

S. Caroline Kerr ’05 serves as president of DGALA, the Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni/ae Association.

Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni/ae Association President S. Caroline Kerr '05 head shot

I savor those rare moments that are pinnacles of community. Moments when you have time to pause, reflect, and celebrate a community’s history, present, and future. Dartmouth’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community is marking historic milestones this fall and enjoying many of these moments.

Over the weekend of Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, DGALA, Dartmouth’s LGBTQIA alumni association, celebrated its 30th anniversary with an all-class reunion that brought more than 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff, spouses, partners, and friends together in Hanover. The weekend events included the celebration of Triangle House, a new Living and Learning Community that supports LGBTQIA students.

The DGALA anniversary provided many moments when Dartmouth’s past and future came together. For some alumni, this was the first return to campus in decades, as their own time in Hanover was painful. One alumnus shared with me that he came to Dartmouth as a legacy, hoping to love the College as much as his father and his classmates had. Dartmouth wasn’t a welcoming place for him, and he described feeling cheated out of that storied Dartmouth experience. But this alumnus, along with others who suffered here as students, keeps coming back. Their resilience is remarkable, and they enjoyed a weekend of events and a community that embraced them. Some encountered a Dartmouth that they could proudly reclaim.

Alumni were welcomed back to campus by the rainbow lights shining on Blunt Alumni Center, with a DGALA banner and rainbow pride flag flying from the front. The weekend began with a reception hosted by President Phil Hanlon ’77 at Rauner Special Collections Library. The special collections team pulled articles, programs, and other items out of the archives that spanned gay history at Dartmouth between 1900 and 2014. Jim Noonan ’01 and Jimmy McNicholas ’01 took the stage in Collis and performed their fabulous Dartmouth Halloween show, Go Big Queen!, to a packed audience of students, alumni, and staff.

On Saturday morning we started early with a hike up to the fire tower on Gile Mountain in Norwich. Associate Professor of Government Sonu Bedi gave a lively talk on the future of civil marriage. Mid-day, the group convened at Triangle House, a place where LGBTQIA and allied students can spend time talking about topics related to their community, intellectual life, and social justice.

The first residents of the house moved in this fall, and the opening ceremony celebrated the long road to making Triangle House a reality, including the role alumni have played, from advocating for its existence, to serving on planning committees, to raising more than $500,000 to date to support construction and almost $90,000 for programming—a figure that exceeded the initial $500,000 goal for construction only. The ceremony and sheer existence of the house constitute a historic moment for Dartmouth, and a most moving one for alumni.

The day continued with a talk by Eric Fanning ’90, a member of DGALA and undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force. The event was the result of a collaboration between DGALA and the Dartmouth Uniform Service Alumni group (DUSA). We then enjoyed a special tour of the Hood Museum exhibit “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” and wrapped up the evening with an awards gala at which several alumni were honored. Pete Williams ’76 received the Hero Award for his exceptional dedication and decades of service as DGALA’s secretary and treasurer. Lee Merkle-Raymond ’86 received the Leadership Award as one of DGALA’s early leaders and the first female president. Amanda Rosenblum ’07 and Laura Erickson-Schroth Med ’09 received the Vanguard Award for their groundbreaking work Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

Sunday morning began with a celebratory service at the Top of the Hop, led by the Rev. Nancy Vogele ’85, DGALA member and director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the College. The Rockapellas performed Born This Way, Ella’s Song, and Same Love, with lyrics by rapper Angel Haze.

A member of the group spoke about how important it was to her to have alumni back on campus. Our presence, she said, helps make the College a place where she can be her full self. Andrew Nalani ’16 spoke as a straight man from Uganda whose own views have evolved over time. He gave a beautiful blessing, and we closed the weekend with a brunch and community forum discussing what’s next for DGALA.

At moments like these, I see Dartmouth at its best: innovative and inclusive. I look forward to many more in the future.

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Original Article: http://now.dartmouth.edu/2014/11/vox-populi-experiencing-a-more-inclusive-dartmouth

Got Something to Say? Members of the Dartmouth community are invited to submit essays for possible publication on Dartmouth Now. Email essays to:dartmouth.now@dartmouth.edu.

2014 All Class Reunion Photos and Recap

We would like to thank so many of you for attending our 2014 All Class Reunion in Hanover! Please take our brief post-reunion survey (regardless of whether you attended) to let us know about your experience: Survey Link

All Class Reunion Photos: If you have Reunion photos that you would like to share, please either post on Facebook or send them to dgala2014reunion@gmail.com so that we can host them on our page. Existing photos from the weekend can also be found on the DGALA Flickr and DGALA Facebook pages.

Board of Directors Elections: We will be holding Board of Directors elections in December of 2014. If you are interested in running for the Board and would like to see a full job description, please contact us at dartgala@gmail.com. Information about the current Board of Directors can be found at: dgala.com/about/board

Triangle House Giving: Additionally, there is also still time to contribute to Triangle House Dartmouth’s new LGBTQIA Living and Learning Community. Give online before the November 30th contribution deadline! (leadership level of $2,500+ for inclusion on the plaque)

Mentorship Program: We are also looking for alumni willing to mentor students over the course of a year (and beyond) through our mentorship program. The time commitment would be a couple hours per month for phone and/or videoconference contact with your “mentee.” If you are interested in becoming a DGALA mentor, please contact Director Rigel Cable ’10 (rigel.cable@gmail.com). Please note, mentorship is not restricted to career and networking but also life coaching, academic, interest-based etc. Please contact DGALA or Rigel with any questions.

Dartmouth to Host IvyQ Conference

Dartmouth to Host IvyQ in Fall 2014

Dartmouth will host IvyQ on Nov 6-9, 2014, the weekend after the DGALA All-Class Reunion (Oct 31-Nov 2). The student planning committee is seeking alum participation:

  • Alums interested in hosting a workshop or participate in a panel on topics such as Poetry, Asexuality, Queer Histories, ARt (non-poets), STEM panel, Wellness, Ability, Class, Relationships, Sex, Sexuality, Identity, Advocacy, Faith, and Diasporas and Internationalism.
  • Alums with connections to companies or organizations that would be interested in sponsoring the IvyQ conference. The fundraising committee is actively seeking individual, corporate, and organizational sponsors.
  • For more info, email: ivyqprogramming@gmail.com

IvyQ is an annual undergraduate conference focused on issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and leadership and is open to students throughout the Ivy League. Through meaningful and diverse programming and community-building, IvyQ aims to create an intercollegiate community of LGBTQ students and allies equipped with the skills to examine self-identities, value those of others, and understand the importance of intersectionality. While empowering all students to feel confident in their identities and their potential to instill positive change in their own lives and the communities they inhabit, IvyQ stresses the acknowledgment of our institutional privilege and seeks lasting social change for LGBTQ communities.

Join DGALA June 13-14 in Hanover for our Annual Mini-Reunion

Join DGALA June 13-14 in Hanover for our Annual Mini-Reunion

All classes are invited and all events are FREE!
The tentative schedule for the weekend includes:

Friday June 13th

10:00PM – Midnight
DGALA Cocktails (Open Bar!)

Saturday June 14th

9:00AM – 10:00AM
DGALA Annual Reunion Breakfast with President Phil Hanlon ’77

11:00 AM – Noon
Special DGALA-Only Hood Museum Tour

2:00PM – 3:00PM
DGALA-Only Tour of Triangle House

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Informal Dinner with Students

DGALA dorm housing available for a limited time only!  For information e-mail dartgala@gmail.com.