Dartmouth Alumni in the World
Dartmouth graduates are often recognized for their boundless spirit and global frame of mind. But have you ever wondered if they truly roam “’round the girdled earth” as referenced in our alma mater?
Well, judging by photos collected over the past six months from alumni in more than 150 different countries, they do. Alumni and students have lived and worked in nearly every country in the world, from Fiji to France, from Croatia to Cote d'Ivoire. We’re sharing those photos this month to celebrate the global presence of 7,000 Dartmouth alumni who live abroad.
The photos have been pinpointed to their corresponding countries on this interactive map on Flickr. Note: The map shows about 25 geographic locations in one view. Click on the blue arrows on the lower section to scroll through all the images. When the photo appears, click on it to see the person's name and full caption.
Just like their geography, alumni professions are diverse. They are U.S. ambassadors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, graduate students, athletes, Peace Corps volunteers, and leaders and administrators of nonprofits. The photos include a former prime minister of Finland, a professional soccer player from New Zealand, and the conductor of the Munich International Orchestra.Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin ’07 is a documentary photographer in South Sudan.
Some alumni, such as Diasmer Bloe ’00 at Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, or Rosie Hughes ’07 at a U.N. Refugee Agency refugee camp in Burundi, or Hansell Bourdon ’02 at the Academy for Educational Development in Equatorial Guinea, are expressly dedicated to making the world a better place. (The mission of Bloe’s employer in Salzburg is "to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern.")
Many alumni noted that Dartmouth was the spark that helped them embark on their international career. “Dartmouth provided me the first opportunity to combine my love of Spanish with living, studying, and working abroad,” wrote Connie Jones Gonzalez ’01, an administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development in El Salvador. From Singapore, Edmund Sim ’88 wrote, “Dartmouth gave me the intellectual freedom and opportunities to pursue a career that would combine my interests in public policy and my heritage, for which I am forever grateful.”
The president of the Dartmouth Club of France, Anne Bagamery ’78 (second from left) is senior editor at the "International Herald Tribune" in Paris. (photo: Anne Bagamery ’78)
Alumni have long gathered based on geography—there are 90 alumni clubs in the United States and worldwide—and the clubs of China, France, Japan, London, Singapore, and South Korea are represented here. The slideshow also includes international students who have brought their knowledge to Dartmouth, and to the United States. For example, A.T. Tshibaka ’70 lives in Virginia, but he is actively involved in organizations that support the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was raised.
Kadita N. Tshibaka ’70, ’71Tu (middle) stands with staff members of Opportunity International Congo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Not all alumni still live and work in these countries—the slideshow includes those who participated in service projects, or have changed jobs, and have since moved back to the United States, or to a different country. But to live and come to understand a different culture, even briefly, can alter a worldview. "My experience was absolutely incredible and really launched my passion for medicine," wrote Valerie Sidhoum ’10, who worked with undeserved hospital patients in Algeria as a Dickey Center Class of 1966 Intern.
As President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 (representing the United States) stated in his inauguration address, “The unique community of learners which thrives in these woods exists not simply to empower our graduates to prosper, but to make the-world-beyond-the-woods a better place. For all of us in this treasured community, let us seek to move the world in our own unique way.”
This project began in October 2013 with the goal of featuring alumni in as many of the 193 countries recognized by the United Nations as possible. The Dartmouth Alumni Directory, LinkedIn, Google, and Dartmouth’s own publications were the primary resources used to find alumni. Sutton Lowry ’16, the Alumni Relations Whitney Campbell Class of 1925 Intern, helped research alumni and write captions. The photos were shared in March 2014.