A professional development experience for emerging professionals of color.

The Kaleidoscope series provides Carls of color with opportunities to deepen their understanding of, and preparation for, the world of work as an emerging professional. Throughout the year, students from all class years can participate in a variety of informational events, skill-development workshops, and networking activities with professionals of color across a variety of industries. Kaleidoscope is a collaboration between the Career Center, Office of Intercultural Life (OIL), and TRIO/SSS

There are three different ways to become involved with Kaleidoscope. The Kaleidoscope Experience is open to all students, and Kaleidoscope also offers two class-year specific cohort experiences, Career Launch Academy (sophomores) and Chicago Connections (juniors and seniors).

Career Launch Academy

Career Launch Academy is a four-week program (January 11-February 1) for sophomore students of color. Participants are engaged in micro-learning coaching videos, an interactive workbook with skill development tasks, and a weekly group coaching session (Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.). The program is capped at 25 sophomores. Contact Jessica Castellanos for more information.

Chicago Connections

Chicago Connections is a spring break trip (Wednesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 25) for juniors and seniors of color. The Career Center provides funding for transportation, food, and lodging during the trip.

  • Trip Itinerary
    • Wednesday, March 22: Participants travel to Chicago from Northfield and other cities
    • Thursday, March 23: Site Visits and Networking
    • Friday, March 24: Site Visits and Networking
    • Saturday, March 25: All participants travel to Northfield

Students selected for the program will engage in four experiences (three required and at least one self-selection) during winter term in preparation for the immersion experience in Chicago with a variety of industry leaders of color.

  • Core Events (required)
    • February 8: Kick-off Meeting, AGH Meeting Room, 6:00 p.m.
    • February 23: Carls of Color Alumni Panel, AGH Meeting Room, 6:00 p.m.
    • March 8: Pre-departure Meeting, AGH Meeting Room, 6:00 p.m.
  • Professional Development Opportunities (select at least one; feel free to identify other events of interest as well)
    • February 1: Carleton-Funded Fellowships Workshop, CMC 301, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • February 3: Convocation with Eric Poole, Skinner Memorial Chapel, 10:50 a.m.
    • Feb 3:  TRIO Presents: Class Act, Weitz 236, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
    • February 9: OIL Talk (topic TBD), Anderson 036, 5:00 p.m.
    • February 10: Convocation with Christy Coleman, Skinner Memorial Chapel, 10:50 a.m.
    • February 13: Early African Americans in SE MN with professional genealogist Mica Anders, Library Athenaeum, 4:30 p.m.
    • February 17: Black History Month Convocation (TBA), Skinner Memorial Chapel, 10:50 a.m.
    • February 18: Trip to Orpheum Theater for To Kill a Mockingbird, registration required, details forthcoming

Participants will submit one reflection summarizing their experiences with the core events and the professional development opportunities during winter term as part of the pre-departure preparation for the trip to Chicago.

The Chicago Connections trip is capped at 18 juniors and seniors. Applications are due Friday, January 27 at 11:59 p.m.

For questions, please contact RJ Holmes-Leopold.

Program Overview


  • A structured professional development and immersion experience for emerging professionals of color


  • Create opportunities to build a supportive network of professionals of color and allies committed to putting diversity and inclusion principles into practice in the workplace 
  • Facilitate authentic conversations about how to effectively navigate the workplace as professionals of color
  • Increase self-efficacy for career success as an emerging professional of color

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify three unique challenges emerging professionals of color may encounter in the world of work
  • Name three concrete strategies to address concerns salient to professionals of color in the workplace 
  • Connect with three resources that may be utilized to enhance success and/or advancement as a professional of color