The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) is led by Leslie Henderson, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Shawn O’Leary, Director of DICE. Our efforts and students are supported by our DICE staff, students, and Student Affairs colleagues.
Professor Henderson received a B.A. in Human Biology in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 1982 from Stanford University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego and at Tufts University Medical School. She joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School (now Geisel) in 1989 as a member of the Department of Physiology & Neurobiology and one of only 5 tenure-track/tenured women at the medical school.
In the laboratory, she has studied the impact of natural steroids, synthetic performance-enhancing steroids and endocrine disrupting chemicals on the development and function of the nervous system. The major focus of her work has been to understand the neural and behavioral consequences of anabolic steroid abuse, with a particular emphasis on the differences in steroid effects between males and females and in adolescents versus adults. She has served on and chaired study sections of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation. She has taught many populations across campus, including medical, PhD and undergraduate students. She has also served as an advisor to undergraduate neuroscience majors and trained undergraduates in her laboratory for over 20 years.
Dr. Henderson was named Dean of the Faculty Affairs in 2008. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of appointments, titles and promotions for the >2000 regular and adjunct faculty members of the medical school. She has initiated and led two major efforts that have resulted in substantive revisions of the Geisel appointments and promotions; changes that introduced interdisciplinary and team research, engagement and a broader definition of scholarship that includes contributions through non-traditional media and entrepreneurial developments as criteria for academic advancement. Most recently, she has been a member of senior leadership teams that have overseen the restructuring of the medical school to meet the challenges and support the missions of academic medicine within the dramatically changing landscape of health care and biomedical research.
In 2014, she was appointed as Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the medical school. She leads the Geisel Diversity Council and has been a dedicated advocate to enhance recruitment and retention of a more diverse faculty and staff. She has also been dedicated to efforts that cross campus boundaries to raise cultural competence, address implicit biases, and educate faculty and staff on sexual respect.
Finally, with a spouse who is also on the Dartmouth faculty and as a mother of two sons, she has a strong personal interest in the workings of higher education and how we seek to find the ephemeral work-life balance within academia that is critically important to how all of us best contribute to our institutions and to society at large.
Dr. Henderson can be reached at Leslie P. Henderson@dartmouth.edu.
Shawn has been working to create innovative programs in the social justice field for over twenty years since he first volunteered at the Spotted Eagle Elementary School in Duluth, Minnesota. He is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe in Northern Minnesota where his family has harvested wild rice for generations.
For over ten years, Shawn has been the Director of the Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Shawn is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the Geisel School of Medicine’s diversity programs and executing its mission of promoting a climate of unity and respect. He is the academic advisor to the Urban and Rural Health Scholars Programs. He also serves as an advisor to minority students and student groups, and works to ensure the success and retention of all minority students, faculty, and staff. Most recently, Shawn has begun work on the Learning Collaborative on Culture, an initiative to increase diversity in the health professions schools throughout New Hampshire. Shawn was selected by medical students for induction into the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society for Outstanding Mentorship. In 2017, Shawn also received the 2017 Holly Fell Sateia Award, a Dartmouth College social justice award that pays tribute to a faculty or staff member who is an enthusiastic and effective leader in advancing diversity and community.
Shawn came to Geisel from the University of Maine where he served as Assistant Director of the Native American Center. Prior to coming to New England, Shawn worked in his home state of Minnesota developing minority recruitment and retention strategies, based on an individualized student service philosophy, at the Center of American Indian and Minority Health, University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine. He chaired the Indians into Medicine advisory board and was the liaison between the medical school and the thirty-four reservation communities in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Shawn also worked for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s Educational Talent Search Program where he worked to promote the educational needs of first generation American Indian students.
Wherever Shawn lives and works, he is actively engaged in the community. He served as a youth hockey coach and has coached over forty hockey teams the past nineteen years in Minnesota, Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada. While in Minnesota, he was appointed by Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for his work with high school and college dropouts in the correctional system.
Shawn has an open door policy and is always willing to speak to prospective or current students. You may stop by his office in Remsen 333 any time, or reach him by phone at (603) 650-1553, or by email at Shawn.M.O’Leary@dartmouth.edu
Stephanie received her BS in Microbiology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MD from The University of Pittsburgh. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida where she was also chief resident. Following her training, Stephanie joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.
Stephanie is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and practices as a general outpatient pediatrician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has an interest in medical education, student affairs and diversity related issues in medicine. Since her arrival in 2015 she has been highly active in serving on the Geisel Admissions Committee, in mentoring both residents and medical students and in representing Dartmouth to minority communities at national meetings. She currently serves as the Geisel Diversity Liaison for Student/Resident Advising
In addition to the advising that she currently does through individual meetings and/or impromptu discussions at both the Lebanon and Hanover campuses, Stephanie is available to meet with students in the Student Affairs wing on the Hanover campus in Remsen 335 on Monday afternoons from 1-5 PM. She can also be emailed directly to find other times to accommodate busy schedules, Stephanie.LR.White@dartmouth.edu.
William Eidtson, EdD
Learning Support and Student Accessibility
William Eidtson is Director of Learning Support and Student Accessibility Services at Geisel. He received his doctorate in education from Columbia University and his master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Geisel, Dr. Eidtson was Director of Professional Development at the NYU College of Dentistry. He also served as Executive Director of NYU’s Academy of Distinguished Educators, of which he was elected a lifetime fellow for his leadership and exceptional contribution to teaching and learning at the College.
At Geisel, Dr. Eidtson leads workshops and meets individually with students to advise them on how to successfully navigate medical school. This includes coaching in time management, study strategies, test-taking, as well as approaches to USMLE Step exams. He also works with students who have documented disabilities or students who suspect they may have a disability. Additionally, Dr. Eidtson oversees and coordinates the Geisel Realizing Individual Potential (GRIP) program. You may reach him anytime by stopping by his office in Remsen 310B, by phone at (603) 650-1125, or by email at William.Eidtson@dartmouth.edu
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
Minnie is the Administrative Assistant to DICE. She provides all clerical support to the office, and works closely with Shawn on all aspects of the budget. Minnie is in the office Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and can be found in Remsen 335, next to Shawn’s office. She can be reached via phone at (603) 650-1508 or by email at Minnie.L.Slater@dartmouth.edu.