Carleton College Voice: A Perfect Storm
Empowering Black Creatives: Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis ’16
Carleton’s Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
You’re a Carl working for change in your community and at Carleton.
The Carleton College Alumni Relations Office assembled these resources, in conjunction with the Alumni Council, the student-run Black Student Alliance (BSA), the Carleton Student Association (CSA), the Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN), and other alumni volunteers, to provide ways to support change. This is by no means an exhaustive list and will be continually updated.
Do you have a resource you’d like to see featured on this page? Let us know!
- Alumni Actions
- Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN) Supports Students
- Messages from College leadership
- A message about the George Floyd murder trial verdict, April 20, 2021
- Statement on the shooting of Daunte Wright, April 12, 2021
- Supporting our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander Community, March 19, 2021
- Update from the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Strategic Plan Steering Committee, February 11, 2021
- Antiracism Training Plan
- A Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
- Updates on the Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Carleton Oct. 27, 2020
- Carleton and Anti-Racism: Updates and Opportunities for Alumni Oct. 8, 2020
- Action Reports in Addressing Institutional Racism Sept. 24, 2020
- The Board of Trustees endorses the creation of a Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Carleton, with a special focus on Black experiences Sept. 10, 2020
- Updates to Action Report Sept. 2, 2020
- Response to Open Letter to Carleton August 10, 2020
- Updates to Action Report July 20, 2020
- Taking Action to Address Discrimination at Carleton July 6, 2020
- CEDI Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action June 2020
- First Steps in Demonstrating Our Support June 8, 2020
- Statement to the Carleton community June 1, 2020
- Statement on the George Floyd Incident May 29, 2020
- Black Student Alliance (BSA), Men of Color (MOC), African and Caribbean Student Association (ACA), Ujamaa Collective and Africana Studies Student Department Advisors
- The Carleton Student Association (CSA)
- The Carletonian’s Coverage
- Academic Department and Campus Office Statements
Many Carls are passionate about social justice and racial equity, and we encourage you to support organizations and communities within and beyond Carleton by doing what you can from these suggested actions.
Offer Help on the Carleton Mutual Aid Network
Do you have a resource or skill you would like to share with those looking for help in the Carleton community? Maybe you can deliver groceries to Carls who live near you, provide temporary housing or shelter, want to set up a phone tree to check in on isolated Carls, or have another idea to help. Use this form to offer your help publicly.
If you are looking for assistance, please view the spreadsheet linked below with services fellow Carls are offering, and reach out to someone willing to help. If you have a need that isn’t reflected on the spreadsheet, you can request help, and Alumni Relations will try to connect you to a Carl with the relevant resources.
Actions recommended by current students
- From the Ujamaa Collective: In June 2020 board members of BSA, ACA, MOC, and SDAs of the Africana Studies departments joined efforts in advocating against racial injustice and demanding institutional accountability and change at Carleton. This coalition, previously known as the Black Student Organizations (BSO), compiled eleven immediate student demands that were submitted and presented to the College Leadership Team on June 4th. See the full list of demands.
- From the Carleton Black Student Alliance
- Apply to participate in a BSA Townhall Committee.
- Use their Phonebank Script to make calls June 2020
- Combating Racism Resource Guide by The CSA Social Activism Working Group, includes suggestions on petitions to sign, books to read, and other information. June 2020
- Convocation Recordings
- Sharon Washington Risher shares her firsthand account of losing a loved one to gun violence, racism, and hate. February 2021
- Contemporary civil rights icon Bree Newsome illustrates how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference. February 2021
- Mental health expert Alfiee Breland-Noble addresses the disparities experienced by youth of color. February 2020
- Radio and podcast host Lissa Jones-Lofgren comments on the intersection of black history and present-day thought. February 2020
- Political theorist Corey Robin examines the racial pessimism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. February 2020
- The Lefler/Broom Lectures and Discussions on Race and History
- Public Reckoning with the Troubled Past: History Department Winter Lefler presentations
- Anti-racism material from and for Carleton alumni
- Jonathan Capehart ’89 is a opinion writer for The Washington Post focusing on the intersection of social and cultural issues and politics.
- Read Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change by Angela Hattery ’88.
- Parker Palmer ’61 and Sondra Samuels’ discussion of white privilege, racism, healing divides, and teaching tolerance at Westminster Town Hall Forum. November 2019
- Other self-education resources:
- Combating Racism Resources from the Gould Library
- Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus by JSTOR Daily.
- Reading for Racial Justice by The University of Minnesota Press
- Systemic Racism Explained, a short video by act.tv.
- Justice in June, short daily lesson plans by Autumn Gupta.
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources, based on Helm’s White Racial Identity Development Model.
- Anti-Racism Resources for Parents by Elise Kohan.
- Humanize My Hoodie offers an online workshop to become better allies for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).