Responding to National Discourse on Campus

During times of national discourse that affect historically excluded campus community members, the Division of Inclusion, Equity, and Community (IEC) frames its work on a Shared Equity Leadership (SEL) model, a collective leadership process in which campus community members work together effectively.

The following are examples of active initiatives on campus:

  •  Outreach: Concerns about campus climate may be received via the Community of Concern Form (CCF). Outreach can be individual or collective and is conducted by student-facing offices like the Student Life Offices (SLO) and the Office of the Chaplain. In addition, the President will also send a message to the entire campus community through Carleton Today, communicating to the campus community the different steps taken to address the most impacted groups.
  •  Presentations: Panel discussions with campus scholars and renowned speakers are invited to contribute to the campus conversation. The aim is to bring in speakers who can integrate their voices and ideas into the ongoing conversation, thus serving as a springboard for class discussions, dialogue groups, and faculty and staff workshops.
  • Dialogues and Conversations: These activities provide the campus community with an intimate space for deep-dive dialogue, which can be formal or informal.
    • Formal Dialogues: The IEC, Students Life division, and the Provost office organize formal dialogues where students can engage in structured conversations. Current ongoing dialogues are the Winter Dialogue and the Student Dialogue. The topics vary each term.
    •  Informal Conversations: There are informal opportunities for conversations as well. CEDI and IEC host Grounds for Community events throughout the year where members of the campus community can meet CEDI members and IEC staff. The President and other members of the leadership team host meals where students and other campus community members can engage in informal conversations.
  • Workshops and Professional Development: Both staff and faculty can participate in workshops and professional development opportunities. The Learning and Teaching Center (LTC) offers Teaching Toolbox Workshops, a skill-based workshop for faculty focusing on effective strategies to address controversial events in the classroom. The IEC division and  Human Resources also provide concept and skill-based professional development.