About The Dickey Center

The Dickey Center educates, convenes and empowers people to confront the world's problems. Through informed and impactful global dialogue, experiential education, and equitable engagement on pressing issues in international policy and diplomacy, we bring the world to Dartmouth and Dartmouth to the world to engage with today's great issues.

providing future global leaders and innovators

transformational international experiences

We believe all Dartmouth students can make a positive difference in the world and Dartmouth can be a catalyst for addressing great issues. Doing so can support a world at peace, with prosperity, justice, health, and governance that supports human rights and an inhabitable earth. 

To reach that vision, we aim to provide all Dartmouth students with transformational international experiences, pathways to careers in international affairs, and a nuanced understanding of the world's most pressing and complex problems, so that they can be global leaders and innovators. 

We aspire to be a trusted international partner and a destination for scholars and policymakers seeking an environment to forge solutions to pressing worldwide challenges. 

We seek to promote the work of, and connect Dartmouth faculty and students with, the practitioners and scholars addressing international challenges. We aim for Dartmouth research to reflect and serve the needs of the world, and build bridges across communities of knowledge and experience.


  • Each year, the Dickey Center funds an average of 75 international interns and research fellows in 35 countries.
  • Between 80-90 first year students and 10-12 upper class "peer mentors" participate in our Great Issues Scholars program.
  • Our War & Peace Fellows program includes 60-70 sophomores, juniors and seniors in an academic year.
  • Our Global Health Fellows program includes 65-80 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students each year.
  • The Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellows in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security program welcomes 6-8 scholars a year to Dartmouth.
  • In a typical year, the Dickey Center hosts 20 to 30 Public Events.
  • The Dickey Center oversees an International Studies Minor and courses focused on global health, environmental change and security.

Lectures, Conferences and Events

The Dickey Center brings many national and international scholars and public figures to campus to address pressing international issues.

We have hosted, among others: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, First Lady, and 2016 Democratic nominee for president ; Secretary of Defense James Mattis; Timothy Geitner, former Secretary of the Treasury; Jake Sullivan, former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department, and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden; Gayle Smith, former Administrator of USAID; William Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; General (Ret.) Carter Ham, President and CEO of the Association of the US Army, and former Commander, US AFRICOM; Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Equity, Rwanda; Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Emily Haber, Germany's Ambassador to the United States; and Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. National Security Advisor to President Obama.

Dickey Center Director Victoria Holt

Victoria K. Holt is the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. She joined Dartmouth in September 2021, with a background in public policy, leadership and diplomacy. In Washington, DC, she served as Vice President at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a research and policy institute focused on international affairs, and directed the Transforming Conflict and Governance program. Earlier Holt was tapped to be Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security, Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO), and served at the State Department from 2009 to early 2017. In that role, she was responsible for policy and guidance for actions in the UN Security Council and oversaw the Offices of Peace Operations, Sanctions & Counterterrorism and UN Political Affairs. Holt led the development of U.S. diplomatic initiatives, including the 2015 Leaders' Summit on U.N. Peacekeeping, hosted by President Obama to increase capacities for UN operations. 

Holt's track record includes research, writing and teaching. She joined Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2018, where she has taught graduate seminars on U.S. policy on conflict prevention in the post-Cold War world. Before 2009, she co-directed the Future of Peace Operations program at Stimson, writing and speaking widely on UN and regional peace operations, the protection of civilians and atrocity prevention, targeted sanctions, rule of law and U.S. policy. Holt served on the Genocide Prevention Task Force as the lead on military options and wrote a pioneering report on UN missions and the protection of civilians.

During the Clinton Administration, Holt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, following a role as Executive Director of a bipartisan diplomatic campaign to pay U.S. arrears to the United Nations. Previously, she served on Capitol Hill for members of the House of Representatives, first as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. George Hochbrueckner and then as Legislative Director for Rep. Tom Andrews, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, from 1987 to 1994. Holt also worked at Washington-based policy institutes on international affairs and nuclear weapons issues.  She is a graduate of the Naval War College and Wesleyan University