Carleton’s mission to provide an exceptional undergraduate liberal arts education requires a community of trust and belonging where each individual feels safe and valued. The college community is actively engaged in the work of making Carleton more inclusive, diverse, and equitable.
To achieve our goal of full participation, we are embracing our shared values of mutual respect and curiosity as we go forward, honest reflection and dialogue as we look back, and a deep sense of joy, humor, and grace as we try, fail, and grow as a community.
“The equitable and committed community we seek is not an option or an enhancement to the Carleton experience. It is absolutely fundamental to our ability to deliver a quality liberal arts education.”—Alison Byerly, President
32%of domestic Carleton students identify as people of color
13%of Carleton students are first-generation college students
29countries are represented in the Class of 2025
60%of Carleton students receive financial aid
Hard Truths and Healing: Elder-in-Residence Program Piloted at Carleton
Dr. Denise Lajimodiere’s week-long residency on campus increased visibility for Native students and prompted thoughts of healing and honest storytelling for attendees.
This Land is Their Land
Indigenous students — in collaboration with select faculty members, staff representatives, and leaders of the Prairie Island Indian Community — are working to help the college address their collective strengths, traditions, and needs.
Community Builder: President Alison Byerly aims to fortify Carleton’s collective sense of purpose
As the pandemic plays out and liberal arts colleges look to the future, President Alison Byerly aims to fortify Carleton’s collective sense of purpose.
Marty Baylor is Leading the Charge on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in STEM
Marty Baylor, Chair and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received a $200,000 grant to run a national program aimed at improving physics teachers’ ability to address IDE projects in the classroom.
The education we offer at Carleton is grounded in community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, departments, offices, and organizations all work toward the goal of making Carleton a community where everyone belongs, and a place that belongs to everyone.
Carleton has made inclusion, diversity and equity a priority for our community. Many college-wide initiatives have been established in support of this work.
Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Initiatives
- A Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
- Action Reports in Addressing Institutional Racism
- Alumni Racial Justice Resources
- Antiracism Training
- Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE)
- Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
- Critical Conversations at Carleton
- President’s Office Eradicating Racism Efforts
- Students Engaging in Essential Dialogue (SEED)
- Taste of Carleton
- Teaching Resources for Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism
Carleton’s academic departments and programs are engaging in the work of responding to systemic inequities in higher education and at Carleton.
The academic department efforts are still being collected, but a few examples are available now:
Student & Alumni Organizations
Carleton students and alumni have long been active in the work of inclusion, diversity and equity. The Multicultural Alumni Network was organized in 1988 and the LGBTQA+ alumni group Out After Carleton began in 1992.
Cultural & Intercultural Student Orgs
- African and Caribbean Association
- Asexual Community and Education (ACE)
- Asian Students in America (ASIA)
- Black Student Alliance (BSA)
- The Black Student-Athletes of Carleton (BSAC)
- Carleton QuestBridge Chapter
- Chinese Club
- Coalition of Hmong Students (CHS)
- Freier Karleton Klub (Carleton German Club)
- Imagining America
- Indigenous Peoples Alliance (IPA)
- Japanese Circle
- Jewish Students of Carleton (JSC)
- Korean Student Association (KSA)
- Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
- Men of Color
- Middle Eastern and North African Association (MENA)
- Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton (MOSAIC)
- Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
- Taiwanese Cultural Society(TCS)
- Tim Viet
- Tutors of the Korean Language (TKL)
- Women of Color+
All offices on Carleton’s campus carry out the important work of supporting our students. But some are more specifically focused on providing resources and support in the areas of inclusion, diversity and equity.
Relevant Campus Resources
- Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE)
- Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)
- Gould Library Combating Racism Resources
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
- Office of Accessibility Resources
- Office of the Chaplain
- Office of Intercultural Life (OIL)
- Office of International Student Life (ISL)
- Posse Program
- Staff Collective for Change
- TRIO/Student Support Services