Dartmouth embraces historical accountability in new project

Dartmouth embraces historical accountability in new project
FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file photo, students walk across the Dartmouth College campus green in Hanover, N.H. As colleges across the country confront their ties to slavery, Dartmouth is piloting a historical accountability project in the summer of 2018 as part of an initiative to increase faculty and staff diversity, to build a more inclusive community and to learn from the university's past. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As educational institutions nationwide wrestle with their ties to slavery, Dartmouth College is taking a closer look at the darkest corners of its history.

Dartmouth plans to launch what it calls a historical accountability project this summer, which aims to better understand how African-Americans and other marginalized groups have been treated since it was founded in 1769.

Dartmouth is awarding fellowships to three students to research the college’s historical record. Others are working with faculty to map the archives and figure out ways to incorporate Dartmouth’s history into the college’s curriculum.

The initiative is part of a larger effort to build a more inclusive community on Dartmouth’s campus.