Congratulations to Emily Stehr on being a Dartmouth Valedictorian

Emily Stehr

Oakland, Calif.

Sociology major modified with education; Native American studies minor

As an aspiring teacher who plans to travel in Ecuador after graduation, Stehr says her time at Dartmouth has taught her "to interrogate the ways in which dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression shape individual lived experiences, from childhood onward, with a particular focus on the role of education in perpetuating and/or disrupting these enduring cycles."

She has been deeply involved with the Dartmouth Outing Club as a member of Cabin and Trail and Women in the Wilderness. "Both groups have nurtured my goofiness, my vulnerability, and my sense of adventure in equal measure," she says. "I have had many opportunities to develop my abilities as social-justice educator within this community."

She also participated in the Center for Social Impact's Outdoor Leadership Experience program. "That was an invaluable way to connect with our surrounding community while exploring the power of the outdoors to catalyze play, connection, growth and vulnerability for emerging teens—and their college-age mentors," Stehr says.

A language study abroad program took her to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she spent a term as a teaching fellow for Breakthrough Collaborative.

Of her Dartmouth experience, she says, "I wish there was a way to honor the immense challenges that I and other folks at this school encounter and the resilience they exercise in living through them. Those are the achievements that matter most."

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