Dartmouth Swimmers Cite Diversity, Communication In Fight To Reinstate Teams

Dartmouth’s swimmers and divers sent a survey to fellow students as part of their ongoing push to get their program reinstated by the school.

The email – titled “Vox Clamantis in Deserto” or “A Cry for Change” – frames the cuts of five varsity athletic programs as a symptom of what they call Dartmouth’s “obstinance and unwillingness to engage students in the decisions that directly affect us.”

“We hope to bring to bear pressure for positive change, not just to reinstate our program but also to raise and resolve the ongoing problems Dartmouth is having in listening to and learning from its students,” the email says. The Dartmouth athletes distributed a survey they say will help bring student voices to the administrators making decisions for the school.

Last month, Dartmouth cut five athletic teams: men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s lightweight rowing. The school projected the cuts to save more than $2 million.

The email from the Dartmouth swimmers also raised diversity concerns, arguing that the five cut programs “represent nearly 50% of Asian athletes” at Dartmouth. Asian-American athletes comprise just 2% of NCAA student-athletes, the email says, arguing that cutting these five programs “contradicts the stated goal of improving diversity.”

Dartmouth swimmers and divers have organized a campaign in an effort to get the programs reinstated – that includes a website, a petition, a campaign to contact decision-makers and a way to pledge donations. The website lists almost $1.3 million raised so far.

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PowerPlay
2 months ago

Interesting approach. Brown Track & Field supporters got the program reinstated after they argued that the team had a great amount of diversity, supporting overall university objectives in supporting diversity on campus.

Michael
Reply to  PowerPlay
2 months ago

The track team at brown is probably more diverse than the Dartmouth rowing,golf, and swim teams combined. Dartmouth could just admit 6 more Asian kids and call it even.

PKDDS
Reply to  Michael
2 months ago

I absolutely attest to that . I’ve seen it first hand and know what diversity looks like and at that institution it sure don’t look like that. Hard to find 6 Asian kids that want to go there, so its back on looking for diversity again to fill the 6 spaces

firesheehy
Reply to  Michael
2 months ago

Michael, what does that even mean? 1. How does admitting 6 more Asian applicants make it even? 2. What makes the Brown Track & Field team more diverse than these Dartmouth teams? Sure, Brown’s Track & Field team might have more African Americans, but what portion of NCAA Track & Field athletes are African Americans. Compare that to the portion of Asian Americans who participate in swimming in the NCAA. I’d bet you Dartmouth swim & dive has a way higher percentage of Asian Americans than the NCAA average. To put it in a little bit of perspective, 21% of the NCAA athletes are African American, while only 2% are Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 27% of NCAA Track & Field male participants… Read more »

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  firesheehy
2 months ago

You really think by cutting these teams that Dartmouth is promoting the stereotype that Asians aren’t good athletes? That’s a bit of a reach if you ask me. I think the question you should ask is, “what percent of NCAA swimmers are Asian?” I’d guess not a particularly large number but certainly more Asians than in other sports. Then ask, “what percent of Dartmouth is Asian?” I’m assuming a large percentage, especially when compared to the population. So in reality, swimming probably isn’t contributing a significant amount to the number of Asians attending Dartmouth. You’ll probably say that you’re concerned about Asian athlete representation, but I doubt the school cares about that argument. I’m not saying your argument isn’t valid,… Read more »

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  firesheehy
2 months ago

…looking forward to your response.

Michael
2 months ago

Diversity concerns?? Really??

firesheehy
Reply to  Michael
2 months ago

DO share what’s wrong with this argument? Please.

Ladyvoldisser
2 months ago

Crying, sobbing and throwing a tantrum for change will probably not get it done. Good luck.

Angelvg
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 months ago

LADYVOLDISSER, no one is “sobbing and throwing a tantrum”.
Please read Mission Statement and Proposals by Save Dartmouth Swim and Dive on their website. It’s a visionary, constractive and real proposals how to make significant improvement in diversity at Dartmouth, in helping underprivileged. By cutting Swimming and Diving and 4 other teams, Dartmouth administration made only an illusion of moving in right direction and in fact achieving nothing but getting rid of sports that Dartmouth’s AD has no interest in.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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