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Carls' stories of diversity in Northfield. This is who we are. #whoarewehere

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Hiyanthi's profile picture

“There are many instances when people assume that I don’t speak English, or that I am Indian, or that I speak Hindi because I’m South Asian… I think it’s amusing.”

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Luyen's profile picture

"I know that I can walk around Northfield and not feel like an outsider."

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Sade's profile picture

"I dont feel that I can move about and not be noticed, but in a weird way sometimes I feel that I am not acknowledged. So it's being visbile but invisible."

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Max's profile picture

“I don’t think people judge you by where you’re from.”

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Charlie's profile picture

“[Northfield] is a confusing enough environment that it’s difficult to pigeonhole people.”

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Nermine's profile picture

"Every time I enter a new situation I feel like I have to validate myself or explain to others why I deserve to be here."

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Brisa's profile picture

“I feel the pressure of trying not to make people think that their assumptions are true."

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Anita's profile picture

“I’d like there to be more people of color, so my kids can see that people of color can have professional jobs."

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Adriana's profile picture

“When you’re at a place where you have a pretty good experience, you forget that experience is not across the board. There’re places we need to confront our communities."

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Adriana's profile picture

“Because I’m white, I think a lot of people see me as without race."

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Carleton Microaggression

“This page [Carleton Microaggressions], modeled after a similar project at Oberlin College, is meant to remind members of the Carleton community that our community still struggles with issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, etc. We hope that this page can be used to raise awareness and conversations that will lead to more awareness within our community.”

Carleton Office of Intercultural & International Life

"The Office of Intercultural & International Life (OIIL) fosters a campus-wide climate of respect at Carleton College. The office reflects the changing paradigms of the growth of many U.S. cultures reflected by currently enrolled students of color and international students and the needs of a diverse intercultural community. OIIL advocates for the promotion of a diverse and nondiscriminatory campus community, preparing students for pursuit of lifelong learning."

Growing Up Healthy

“Growing Up Healthy seeks to increase the level of community connectedness experienced by marginalized families in Rice County.”

Races in Northfield, Minnesota (MN) Detailed Stats

"This page provides detailed statistics about races in Northfield specifically in the years of 2000 and 2009. It has data that captures the relationship between language spoken and ancestries. The data also suggests a correlation between a person’s race and whether he/she is foreign born."

Northfield - Diversity in the Classroom

"The New York Times did a project in 2006 on diversity in the classroom in more than 17,000 school districts across the nation. The project aims at showing immigration’s impact on the classroom. Northfield ranks second of six in diversity among cities in Rice County."

Rice County Health Ranking

"The Rice County Health Rankings website presents data regarding people’s ability to get health care and their socioeconomic background. The page also compares Rice County’s figures with the state average as well as the national average."

About Project

A person’s identity is not visible on the first look. When you make a snap judgment about a person, you usually find out later that you missed who they really are by a long shot.

On this website, I let people describe what “identity” and “diversity” mean to them.

While I believe that conversations need to happen, I don’t think it is a journalist’s responsibility to challenge her interviewee’s mentality. Rather, it's just to listen to them and to reflect their views back to the community as accurately as possible. That’s what I’ve tried to do here.

The people I interviewed were not chosen because they represent one or another kind of diversity. I simply believe everybody has a story. If it were possible, I would really love to talk to everyone at Carleton. With this modest project, I try to find a more personal entry point into the complex yet wonderful discourse of diversity.

I was aided immensely in this project by Sade Smith, a Computer Science major at Carleton College. I am thankful to her for all her artistic and technical contributions. I would also like to thank Xiaodi Wang, my friend and photography enthusiast, who gave me valuable advice about taking photographs and also helped touch up the pictures.

Kayla Tam

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