With the conclusion of the intensive Fall A term, our T’22s have officially completed their first term of the core curriculum at Tuck. Meanwhile our T’21s are in the thick of fall electives and second-year recruiting. As both “first” and “last” Tuck experiences are ongoing, it’s important that we continue to ask our students (and ourselves) how we can partner with them to ensure they’re taking full advantage of all that the Tuck experience has to offer. Though much of the academic and extracurricular experience remains virtual, there has been no shortage of activities for Tuck MBAs to engage in.
We ended September with our Veterans Symposium, a virtual program for active-duty service men and women who are interested in applying to an MBA program. The symposium introduced them to Tuck’s admissions process, the MBA program, and our unique community of resources. The Veterans Symposium kicked off a full month of exciting conferences, including the annual Tuck Women in Business Conference and the Tuck Diversity Conference (DivCO). These highly anticipated student-run events bring together prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff for rich programming that celebrates diversity and inclusion, social events that promote connection and networking, and panels on what makes the Tuck experience so distinct. They are immersive opportunities for prospective students to truly learn what makes Tuck tick.
The MBA Program Office (MBAPO) continues to facilitate and support students getting outside in small groups to partake in quintessential Tuck and Upper Valley fall activities. From participating in small group dinners, hikes, apple picking, Latinx Heritage Month celebrations and more, our T’21s and T’22s have been busy getting to know each other through small group activities.
Career Services hosted classes and workshops this month focused on helping students hone and develop the skills required to succeed in recruiting. From Cover Letter Basics to Intro to Case Interviews, these comprehensive events are just one of the many resources Career Services offers to empower students to identify and reach their goals.
Typically this time of year, Career Services, in partnership with student-led career clubs, hosts a variety of career treks to individual companies or several companies in an industry. Now virtual, career treks are not only opportunities for networking but also opportunities to understand companies and industries, the problems they face, as well as key corporate strategies and actions, and the roles within those industries. Keep in mind, Admissions is hosting several career club chats over the next few weeks. Register today!
In the run up to the 2020 election, Tuck Alumni Lifelong learning has partnered with Tuck’s Center for Business, Government and Society, the Tuck Association of Diverse Alumni, and the Net Impact Club to present Civic Engagement Sessions—a series of virtual programs exploring how we, as individuals within a community, can effect change by working together to make our world a better place. A recent session featured Valerie Jarett, senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017.
Throughout her career in law, business, and public service, Valerie Jarrett was often the only woman—particularly the only African American woman—in the room. In the session, moderated by Dean Matthew Slaughter, she encouraged listeners to hold themselves accountable to the type of change they wanted to see and, to create this enduring change, build coalitions with unlikely partners and be willing to adapt their mindsets.
Additionally, the Center for Entrepreneurship led its Upper Valley Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Deep Dive this month where students had the opportunity to meet with local ventures such as FreshAir, Clairways, Zippity, and more. This was an exciting opportunity for students to meet and talk to professionals (including alumni!) in our community who have built exciting and successful ventures.
Both the Tuck School and Dartmouth College share a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recently, the Deans’ Office at Tuck, the Tuck Student Board, Black Students at Tuck (BSAT), and the Tuck Association of Diverse Alumni (TADA) shared a joint update with the Tuck community on the school’s progress in addressing systemic racism. The actions outlined in the letter are just the beginning of what will be an ongoing, collective effort to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Tuck community. One of these actions was a reprise of the highly rated T’22 Tuck Launch session especially for T’21s, “Reckoning with Race & Racism in America: Real Talk with Professor Bell Smith and Dean Slaughter.”
October also marked reunion month at Tuck. This year, Alumni Engagement reimagined the traditional reunion structure as they welcomed back alumni from the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 for a day of virtual learning, community, and celebration. A highlight of this year's virtual reunion was an inspirational discussion, “Tuck: Then & Now,” moderated by Lauren Hirsch T’12. Featuring Pamela Scott T’75, the first Black woman to attend Tuck, and military veteran Sarah Blatt T’21, the conversation focused on their career journeys and what it takes to succeed in today’s evolving business climate.
Shared by Felicia Swoope D'91
Assistant Director of Admissions, Recruitment
“I was inspired by the interaction between Tuck’s Dean, a world-renowned professor, and the student body in an incredible session called “Race, Diversity, and Your Life: Now What?” Professor Ella Bell Smith and Dean Matthew Slaughter shared intimate lessons from their experiences, both personally and professionally. We were able to see how two individuals from completely opposite backgrounds have come together to educate and transform our students as their views of their peers and the world around them continue to evolve. Students were encouraged to explore and share their own thoughts on and experiences with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which led to some very difficult discussions. It was honest, introspective, and forged new significant bonds in the community. The conversation has begun and will continue while igniting a new sense of understanding and compassion.”