College Council Liason
Center for Community & Civic Engagement (CCCE) Liason
Community, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (CEDI) Liason
International Student Life (ISL) Liason
Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) Liason
Residential Life Liason
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (AFAC) Liaison
Environmental Action Committee (EAC) Liason
Gender & Sexuality Center (GSC) Liason
College Council Liason
Hello! I’m Erin Timmins (she/her/hers), and I am a junior art history/studio art double major from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Most of you know me as your current College Council Liaison, but some of you may remember receiving emails from me when I was your CSA secretary two years ago, or from leading the Governance Committee. I am delighted to be asking for your support in continuing to represent you on the CSA and the College Council!
As your current College Council Liaison, I have represented your interests as the student body in crucial conversations with President Poskanzer and now President Byerly, as well as other faculty and staff members, about campus life, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other facets of campus. I served as the chair of the governance committee this past year, and assisted in the transition of leadership to the CSA treasurer! (If you’re interested in starting a club, more information can be found here!) As we transition into the 2022-23 academic year, it will be more important than ever to keep the student body in the loop, as well as to hold the administration accountable to us, for the decisions that they make.
All your senators exist outside of the CSA-bubble, and I believe that my experiences in other spheres on campus will continue to benefit me greatly in this role. These past two years, I have had the honor of serving as an RA on campus, a role which has given me the opportunity to work closely with people from a diversity of backgrounds, interests, etc. and has given me a unique perspective into how the pandemic has impacted student life. We are often left with more questions than answers after weekly update emails, and I have seen and felt this confusion multiple times as well. I have also seen, and been involved with, the finding of answers to these questions; there is nothing more powerful than what we accomplish when we work together, and I cannot stress the importance of how the role of the College Council Liaison — or any position on CSA — represents all of our goals, for the good of the campus community.
What will I accomplish?
- Advocate for the student body on the College Budget Committee
- As one of the College Council Liaisons, I have the honor of sitting on the College Budget Committee with the CSA treasurer. I am excited to make this a more transparent committee, and to advocate for increased communication between the admin and the student body. We are beginning to see this with the “10 things about the endowment” seminar, and I hope to expand this further!
- Continue to work with the Wellness Working Group
- I was heavily involved with the Title 9 working group in my first term as College Council Liaison. Together, we brought SEED to the CSA to talk about our own shortcomings. Last year, the Wellness working group focused on mental health on campus, and after returning from my study abroad this term, I am excited to get back to what we can accomplish as a working group!
- I will continue to advocate for working-group involvement around campus! It’s one of the easiest, most rewarding ways to make a difference on campus 🙂
- Increase accessibility and transparency of the Governance Committee
- As a former chair of this committee, I have seen how confusing and challenging this process can be. In the past year, we have worked to make the process clearer and more organized, as well as to provide more support for prospective organizations when they go before the Senate. I will use my experience as the chair of this committee to work to cut through the bureaucratic roadblocks that often shut down petitioners, and to work with the CSA Treasurer and educate the Senate on the workings of the Governance Committee to eliminate confusion on both ends.
- Advocate for further mental health resources and protection for students around campus
- Mental health is often not discussed, or pushed aside, in conversations on this campus, especially now. This is harmful, and continues to drive us apart in a global pandemic that already encourages isolation. I will continue the push from CSA and the student body to strengthen access to and resources within SHAC, and to work to destigmatize the attitude towards mental health on campus.
- Continue to advocate for the voices of students to the administration, in the College Council and our campus community! We can–and we should–hold our institution accountable.
I appreciate the time you’ve taken to read through this document, all the other candidate platforms, and for your dedication and commitment throughout this year. I am proud to have been able to represent you this past year, and have so much hope for the year to come!
With love and warmth,
I’m Hala Shabaita (she/her/hers) and I’m re-running to be a College Council Liaison again! I’m a sophomore Political Science & International Relations major, and I come from a Palestinian family living in Occupied Palestine aka Israel.
Currently, I’m the co-founder and president of MENA (Middle Eastern and North African Association), a student representative on ECC (Education and Curriculum Committee), a part of Carls Talk Back, and guess what? I am also a College Council Liaison, and I love it so much I want to stay in that position!
Beyond these official titles, I’m very involved in DEI work and general discourse, even since before it was called that. I’d be surprised if you have ever had a real conversation with me and didn’t hear me rant about some type of inequality/oppression. I have always fought for more representation, equity, and basic human rights. When I have the chance to speak up and call somebody out and demand change, I will. I really don’t care if people don’t like me for that, because simply, I really don’t like when I’m (and other people are) discriminated against.
What I really do:
- In College Council: I represent you and advocate for you. I stay engaged in our campus community and especially with communities of color who are underrepresented and are too often dismissed when they speak out. This is not to say I haven’t been dismissed when I raise tough questions to the administration about the IDE Plan or the Housing Plan, but I am resilient and do not get tired of raising the voice of the unheard. I make sure the administration on the College Council knows that we, the students, know what’s going on, are aware of what we’re fighting against, and we’re not accepting unsatisfactory answers to our questions
- In ECC: I also represent you. You’ve definitely heard about the new change in registration times, right? Well, the ECC was going to approve the registration times to be at a way more disrupting and inconvenient times (during 1a-2a and when everyone is rushing to classes/breakfast/etc) for this pilot program, but because of my input, they approved the lesser of the two evils.
- With Carls Talk Back: I worked with student leaders on campus to compile an extensive list of demands in response to the approval of the IDE plan by the Board of Trustees. These demands are from numerous organizations on campus that are reminding the administration that the IDE Plan was not enough to grant them real equity on campus.
- In MENA: I increase the visibility of the Middle Eastern/North African student population/culture on campus through organizing events, collaborating with other dominant cultural organizations, and constantly reminding the administration that we exist and they can’t cluster us with other demographics/nationality groups.
- I use my resources: whether those are personal, interpersonal, financial, educational, etc. I grew up in a place with minimal resources beyond the super basic stuff, so being at Carleton and in these positions of leadership I feel obligated to use every single resource I have access to, in order to advocate and organize FOR YOU.
What I will do:
All of the above. And more.
With these experiences, I only have more knowledge on how to navigate meetings, student-college conflicts, organizational difficulties, and administrative pushback and dismissal. I am continuously learning from every meeting I get to attend in the CSA Senate, College Council, and other spaces. One thing I will always work for however, is representing you, advocating for your best interests, engaging you in the conversations with the administration, and including you in forming my opinions and the statements I make in College Council and CSA meetings. My priority is the betterment of this college campus beginning with the administration, faculty, and staff being aware of where they are lacking in serving the student body, which should also be their priority.
I am Stephanie Lee (she/her/hers), class of 2024 and I am running to be your CCCE Liaison. I have held this position for a year and a term (since Winter ‘21) and am also involved with the Budget Committee. In the past, I have been a member of the now dissolved Special Projects Committee and have been involved with policy-making as a part of the Cultural Org Subcommittee, the Constitutional Review Board and Financial Guidelines Subcommittee.
I want to participate in the CCCE’s mission of strengthening communication and collaboration with the community partners to aid in lessening the socioeconomic disparities across communities. I am also passionate about developing sustainability initiatives, especially having been a part of the now dissolved Sustainability working group on a carbon tax program with the local CAC to offset student travel on campus. On a broader context, being a part of CSA and serving as a CSA senator has given me the opportunity to further IDE work on campus and beyond, as the issues will continue to be prevalent year by year.
All in all, I have valued the relationships I have made with the CCCE office and would like to be able to continue building these connections so that CSA can serve these departments and students to the best of our ability.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to continuing my role as CCCE liaison! 🙂
Who am I, and Why am I running?
Hello, everyone! My name is Amira Aladetan (she/her/hers), and I am a sophomore Biology major with a minor in Africana Studies from Minneapolis, MN. My identity as a first-generation, low-income person of color has motivated me to share my voice and perspective with others by running for CSA TRIO liaison. This is my first time running for a CSA position so I would love to tell you a little bit about myself and what I hope to accomplish!
My activities on and off-campus
TRIO Peer Leader
TRIO has been a part of my life and educational success since high school and I am so happy to continue with it in my undergraduate years. By being a peer leader, especially a Black peer leader, at my predominantly white institution has already started to bridge gaps between the Carleton students of color and the academic and social experience in college. I’ve helped my fellow TRIO students thrive at Carleton through various efforts such as emceeing a first-generation student panel, mentoring first-year students, and helping the TRIO staff develop successful programs. By working with the aid in these objectives by being someone their mentees can count on to assist in their success and providing their mentees with academic and moral support. These expectations are very similar to being the CSA TRIO liaison.
Page Education Foundation Scholar
These experiences and leadership skills have also aided in my service to children as a Page Education Foundation scholar here at Carleton. By having the fundamental goal of mentoring and tutoring students of color, working with these two schools reminded me about life when I was a younger child going to school. Wishing that the kind of educational and emotional support at a young age in school that many students of color are now receiving would have been incredible. To be a role model for students who are just like me is such a fulfilling role and knowing that my students appreciate interacting with someone who can relate to them, truly has no bounds. I love the connections I have built with various students because I want these students, who are coming from underrepresented backgrounds, to have support systems and resources available to them. If I can have a hand in bridging a similar gap between the carleton community and TRIO-SSS, this position would be the way to do so.
My involvement with the African and Caribbean Association, CarlsACT / Carleton Mutual Aid, and the Carleton Track & Field are also critical parts of my life and have aided in my passion to work in this position.
While there have been some improvements in support options for students on campus over time, we can always do more.
As many of you know to qualify for TRIO you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be low-income as determined by federal guidelines for family unit size
- Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree)
- Have a documented disability
From there only a handful are selected based on those guidelines.
I have noticed during my time at Carleton, students who don’t get into TRIO as freshmans don’t realize they have the opportunity to re-apply again.
By creating a system that filters students by criteria, students already on the waitlist, and increases visibility, many students would have an increased likelihood of joining TRIO as numbers fluctuate and space becomes available throughout the academic year.
If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all so much for your time and consideration!
My name is Graci Huff (she/her) and I am a freshman prospective Political Science major. I’m hoping to serve as the TRIO Liaison for the 2022-23 school year. I am from Pine City, MN (a small town 2 hours north of here). I love serving on Senate, and I hope to continue!
- As the current TRIO liaison, I have experience in this area, and I enjoy being the bridge between TRIO and CSA.
- I schedule meetings biweekly with the head staff of TRIO, and in those meetings, I deliver updates about our business in CSA, specifically highlighting possible TRIO-related items.
- In return, I am given updates on the TRIO office and sent away with possible events to advertise or information to pass along. Since TRIO deals with underrepresented, unprivileged students, I often seek the office’s support in coming up with ideas for greater campus plans.
- I already have a relationship with the TRIO personnel, and I would love to continue working with and being of service to them.
- I will be a TRIO peer leader for the following year, so my connection to the office will grow further, and I will have a wonderful opportunity to be more connected to all TRIO students.
- This would aid my ability to receive feedback and share events of CSA to a broader audience.
- I am a member of the Indigenous People’s Alliance, and I love having the opportunity to provide a space to share indigenous perspectives on Senate.
- I am a part of the Social Activism working group on Senate, and I am committed to advocating for people and important causes.
- I feel that there needs to be more awareness of our TRIO population on such a privileged campus. TRIO provides so much support to me and other TRIO students, and I love beings its voice in Senate. I find many issues brought up in our Senate meetings, such as the IDE plan, to be quite related to the population that makes up most of the TRIO community. I believe TRIO to be a factor in why I am able to succeed here, and I want to be a part of ensuring that its successes and its existence are known.
- I want to be able to directly express my concerns to the administration. I have been a part of the many frustrating IDE conversations, and I want an opportunity to continue to push for what students deserve.
I want to be very open and accessible to students, specifically students from TRIO (but also all other students!). I want to make Senate a more welcoming and representative place.
My name is Nubia Robles Santiago! I am a sophomore at Carleton, I’m a first generation college student and am the daughter of two Mexican immigrants. I’m from Seattle, WA and had the privilege of attending a private middle and high school. I play for Syzygy here at Carleton and through that I have been active in the team’s DEI committee creating discussions around race in frisbee and what the POC’s experience is like. Attending a predominantly white grade school, college, and being in a predominantly white sport, I’ve curated a passion for fighting for the rights and voices of POC as this is something that directly affects me as well.
What I’ve done:
DEI Committee: With the other members of the DEI committee, we’ve worked hard to create discussions about race in frisbee and how player’s of color approach frisbee very differently compared to their white peers (Here’s a great article about that). We’ve done other work to include other frisbee teams on conversations about what safe and appropriate but fun socialization would look like across all times with different identities. We strived to create safe sports environments for people of identities because there should be no borders put up because of someone’s identification.
Rainier Scholars: I am a student that belongs to an academic orrganization for students of color that attempt to raise low-income students of color to equal opportunities to those of their white counterparts. Within this community, I’ve attended numerous hours of seminars and workshops in which I learned how students of color and people of color are at a greater disadvantage systemically in almost every aspect. I was made aware of my challenges for motivation to get ahead to be the representation that we needed and continue to raise these issues so that we can work to resolve it for future generations.
Continuation of education: I aim to continuously educate myself of social issues that are going on not just nationally but also internationally. There are voices of POC that are muted all over the world, not just in this country. It’s important to me to have the correct knowledge about these topics so that I can form an appropriate and educated opinion. I’ve taken many classes at Carleton learning about different religions, races, class systems, etc. to learn about the obstacles that each minority identity group faces, so that I’m able to learn about what I can do to help.
What I want to do:
- Include YOU in these conversations: I want to actually involve the students in the discussions of diversity and equity and not just say I will. I have a lot of connections and know people of all kinds of backgrounds, but I am also not afraid to seek out people with these identities to invite them into the discussion and get their opinions of the topic so that I am not blindly speaking for them. I am very educated but I can not speak for the experiences of people who are not me. I want to learn as much as I can about what this college is doing to actually accommodate students that belong to minority groups, because it is in fact a PWI. This space was not built for us, but I want to fight for it to be. Diversity and Equity topics are something that is very important to me and I will make it a priority to actually include the people that it concerns in these conversations.
- Be as involved as I can: I will not be afraid to voice my opinion and the opinion that is actually representative of the POC population and not just what the Carleton administration wants to hear. Like I said, I love continuing to learn so I will find a lot of motivation to fulfill this position because I also want to know about what is being done for students of color on this campus.
- Report your needs: Lastly, with listening to what the CEDI students need, I will also make it a priority to report this to CSA and to the administration. I’m aware that my position is not just a listening role. It’s important to share the concerns of other students so that something can actually be done about these issues.
Thank you for taking the time to read this out! I hope you consider me for the position of CEDI Liaison as I believe that I have the skills for it and I definitely have the passion for it. It’s time to make a change 🙂
Hey everyone, I’m Sebastian, I’m from Bogota/Colombia and I’m a freshman. I enjoy a wide variety of club sports on campus such as volleyball, soccer, and bouldering, and I currently hold the position of “ISL liaison”, for which I’m planning to run again. I’m an approachable person who you should totally talk to if you want to get involved in CSA!!
When I came to campus I was received with open arms, given incredible opportunities, and fully accepted for who I am. That is why I want to work with CSA to make sure every student feels at home in Carleton.
- President of the Environmental Committee
- Yearbook Committee member
- Crisis Director, Model of United Nations
- Served as the ISL liaison for the class year of 2021-22
I will continue to take my position in the student senate very seriously, attending the meetings and sharing my thoughts and suggestions with other senators. My focus is on international student life, nonetheless we are all Carleton students first, and I will happily support any initiatives that I find reasonable to benefit any student body. If there is an issue on campus silence should never be an option, change can only be achieved through active dialogue and hard work.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about one of the members of your student senate, as it actively contributes to the real representation.
Given that your job is to be the conduit between CSA and your office/committee, how do you plan to do that? What do you bring?
I plan to help connect CSA and OAR by regularly meeting with someone in the Office of Accessibility Resources to ensure that I fully understand the needs of students with disabilities so that I can effectively advocate for them in CSA. I know that different people have different accessibility needs, and so my goal would be to try to understand what could be better for different students to try to improve accessibility. I would learn about different accessibility needs through OAR, but I would also hope to send out a form / ask OAR to send out a form depending on which would be better for students with disabilities, as I know that privacy is really important. This form would be designed to ask students whether their accessibility needs are being met and what could be better. Accessibility is important to me: I think that the entire campus community benefits from events being accessible to all students, and so I would like to ensure that campus events are accessible and that students’ needs are being accurately represented in CSA because that representation is essential to improving accessibility. I would bring to this role my desire to learn more about what accessibility means to different people and increase accessibility at campus events. Additionally, I have experience planning events for clubs as a board member of Jewish Students of Carleton and Model UN that I hope will help me to understand how events can be more accessible. One idea I’ve had while on the Budget Committee is that there could be a suggestion or question about how clubs intend to make their events more accessible when discussing approving funding, and, while this is definitely a longer term goal, I think it would be good for there to be training for club leaders on how to make events more accessible. I believe that clubs generally want to be and should be as accessible as possible, and CSA could encourage that by making sure that clubs are aware of how they can be accessible.
Why do you want to serve this particular office? What drew you to it?
I was drawn to the OAR office because I know how much the OAR office has made my college experience better and I think there needs to be a broader understanding of what they do and how other organizations can improve accessibility. I’ve personally had conversations with OAR for accommodations with regards to classes and housing, both of which have been incredibly helpful for me, but I think there are ways that CSA could help to make sure campus and club events are more accessible. I also think that accessibility concerns should be addressed in other conversations that CSA has had because it’s so important to students with disabilities. For example, I noticed in the CSA minutes a few weeks ago that there have been discussions of instituting Meatless Mondays in the dining halls, which I think is a decision that should be made with input from OAR because what food is available is an accessibility issue. I would like to find out what students with disabilities need from the dining halls and from CSA generally, and help advocate for them. I think that the OAR liaison has a unique opportunity to make campus events more inclusive and welcoming to students with disabilities which I think would be beneficial for the entire campus community.
Given that your job is to be the conduit between CSA and your office/committee, how do you plan to do that? What do you bring?
I plan on representing the ideals of disability awareness and equity that the OAR represents as a student with accommodations. I hope to bring my experiences with disabilities and navigating an academic setting with them.
Why do you want to serve this particular office? What drew you to it?
I am interested in working with the OAR do to my own developmental disabilities (primarily ADHD amongst others). I appreciate the work that they have done for me in making testing and the general educational experience more accessible.
Hi, My name is Aaliya Crews (she/her) and I am a Chemistry major in the class of 2024. I was born and raised in Chicago. I am thrilled and excited to be running for the residential life liaison position. If elected, this would be my first real involvement in CSA. Though I have experience in student government, I believe my real knowledge draws from my experience as an Residential Assistant. Throughout this whole school year I have been able to really understand and get to know the residential life department. Not only through my work as an RA but also in working closely with the office to help improve the role of an RA. For that reason I have decided to run for Reslife liaison because of how much I have to learn about how the office works.
Through my platform I hope to push for more community engagement from the department and build a strong sense of belonging that is implemented in campus life through Reslife. However, I know before I can implement change, I must resolve some of the many problems already within Res life.
First Year Room Draw
Every student has gone through the process of selecting a roommate at some point during their time here at Carleton. However, the process for first years is a little different and involves a student form that asks pretty basic questions about your personal living preferences. I would like to make the process for first year students roommate selection to be a little more personal. The forms don’t truly match students based on their compatibility as people. If Reslife spent a little more time matching students then that could solve many of the conflicts when it comes to roommates.
One thing about Reslife is that sometimes they forget what campus life is really like for students on campus. It can be truly frustrating when you go to them to resolve a problem and they lack any understanding about how the campus actually functions. I hope to be the person to get Reslife to really understand what it is like for students on campus.
In the summer it is very hot and many of the dorm halls don’t have any AC. Due to conversations, and my own complaining I have learned that it isn’t an easy fix and/or get AC units in all residential buildings. However, that doesn’t mean that students should over heat in their rooms. I will work with Reslife to help get students in need/ who can’t afford fans in their living spaces. I also want to provide more cooling spaces other than the academic and student center.
These are only a few of my ideas but I promise the needs of students will not go unheard. I will do my best to help resolve the problems of Reslife and make the campus a more enjoyable place to live.
My name is Taimoor (Tai) Baig (Most of you all probably know me just by Tai). I am running for the Residential Life Liason position. I want this position because I would like to help positively impact the Carleton community. Specifically, I would like to help improve communication between the Res LIfe department and Carleton Students. I am a part of two cultural clubs on campus MOC, and MOSAIC. I enjoy the outdoors and exercising. I love food and trying new things.
I am qualified for this role because I am a good communicator and I am not hesitant to share my opinions. I have been the 3rd Cassat RA for the entirety of my Sophomore year and I will be an RA again next year for 2nd Evans. In short, I have the qualifying experience for how Res Lifeworks. Right now there is a lack of understanding time regarding room draw, rules, how switching dorms works…etc and I would like to bring clarity to these statements. I feel that there should be more awareness regarding all these issues and more. Aside from the Res life portion, I want to have more fun activities planned and increased communication between the CSA and the student body. I would also like to improve how registration works, along with making it a more equitable system.
If y’all see me around campus don’t be afraid to say hi or wave! I want to represent the Carleton student body so email/talk to me about your Ideas! I want to help improve the Carleton community and represent everyone.
My name is Anya Lord (She/Her/Hers), and I am a Junior Art History major and Educational Studies Minor. I am also your current Admissions and Financial Aid Liaison Committee Liaison. I joined this committee in September 2020 as the Student-at-large and then stepped into the position of Committee liaison in March 2021. I would love to continue to serve the school in this position for the 2022-2023 school year. In my last year and a half, I have had the opportunity to get to know the committee and gain a more robust understanding of how this part of Carelton’s administration functions. I hope to continue to serve in this capacity because I am passionate about our school and making the admissions and financial aid process more equitable and accessible for current students and future students. My goal is to continue to do my best to support all of you in navigating finances at Carleton and understanding how admissions works at Carleton.
Beyond working as the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee student-at-large for a year and serving as the committee’s liaisons for another year and a half, I have worked as an Admissions fellow for the last year. This involves me playing a more active role in the admissions process and allowed me to become more acquainted with the way financial aid is awarded on a grander scale. In this position I interviewed prospective students, led information sessions, and helped during large admissions events. I am also an educational studies minor which means that I have taken various classes in this department that have helped me learn about higher education policies on a national level and not just at Carleton. I have also connected with several education professors, allowing me to better understand the faculty in this department’s views on Carleton’s admissions and financial aid process. I feel I am uniquely qualified to continue to serve in this position. Having served on this committee in some capacity for two years now, I have gotten to know the entire admissions and financial aid office and begun to form connections and make changes. This, combined with being an educational studies minor and admissions fellow, has allowed me to immerse myself in nearly every part of the admissions and financial aid process. I hope that these combined experiences will help me be a better and more useful liaison between the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee, CSA, and the student body.
What have I done so far as the Admissions and Financial Aid Liaison?
In my time on CSA, I have advocated for and successfully helped Carleton become test-optional. I also worked and continue to have admissions included in diversity initiatives. I have helped involve current students in admissions events and participated in the search for a new Director of Student Financial Aid. I have also worked directly with faculty to hear their concerns and input and increase their understanding of how these processes work. I have also just begun to review the financial aid process and take suggestions from the larger student body to make changes in the next few years. I also recently started to help reform dining at Carleton by collecting feedback on the Green-to-go boxes and the hours of operation for both dining halls and our three cafes.
What do I want to accomplish?
I see several things as imperative for the Admissions and Financial Aid office in the coming year. The first is transparency. This office can often seem closed and inaccessible to students. I want to begin to host office hours and financial aid review sessions. This way, current students feel comfortable re-negotiating their packages, realize what services are available to them, and understand how financial services work at Carleton. The next largest issue is the lack of communication and accountability in the IDE plan regarding admissions and financial aid. I want to work with the office to host an information session surrounding IDE and admissions and financial aid that would allow students to gain a better understanding of what this office see’s its role in this plan and in achieving our goals, as well as give them an opportunity to voice their concerns and provide suggestions. I also would like to invite Art Rodriguez, VP and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, to a CSA meeting so that, as a council, we may more directly ask him questions on behalf of the student body in order to inform any further steps in regards to the IDE plan. While this represents my priorities for the upcoming academic year, I hope to hear more about the issues the rest of the student body would like to see brought up and resolved.
Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, concerns, etc please reach out to me at email@example.com.
I’m Beck Woollen, your current Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Liaison. I use he/him pronouns, I’m an ENTS major, and outside of Senate, I enjoy snowboarding and playing soccer. If granted the opportunity to serve another year, I look forward to making significant contributions to sustainability at Carleton. Carleton can—and must—take bold action to be a leader on climate. This platform highlights my contributions to that end in the last year and where I intend to focus my efforts in the coming year.
This Past Year
- Northfield Community Action Center Offset Program: This offset program is a developing project that represents the latest chapter in an ongoing relationship between the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) food shelf and Carleton. Each year, the CAC rescues approximately 300,000 pounds of food from local retailers, who otherwise would most likely have sent that food to the landfill. In turn, the recovered food is then made available for families in need across the Northfield area, sent to a local hog farmer, or composted; all three of these outcomes are less greenhouse gas intensive than sending food to the landfill. By quantifying how much carbon is being saved by the CAC program and determining the extent of Carleton’s contributions to the program, Carleton may be able to claim a carbon offset credit for helping reduce food waste emissions.
The Sustainability Working Group and members of the CCCE have been fantastic partners in developing this project. We all worked incredibly hard to put together an offset proposal for peer review this winter. It’s an honor to be able to share that hard work here. This is somewhat of a broad overview of the project; for those interested, please reach out to me (woollenb@) with any questions or comments.
- Generation Conscious Sustainable Laundry Detergent: This past winter, I was contacted about bringing Generation Conscious detergent sheets to Carleton. These detergent sheets are a less carbon-intensive alternative to conventional laundry detergent. In a similar vein, they are made without many of the scary chemicals found in traditional laundry detergents. Last—but certainly not least—they will likely be cost-competitive with conventional laundry detergents if deployed on campus.
A project co-leader and I recently tabled in Sayles, offering samples of these detergent sheets. If the feedback comes back favorably, we intend to pitch an opt-in, campus-scale rollout of the program in the coming year.
- Carbon Offset Discussions at the EAC: In Committee meetings, the EAC has focused its energy on deciding which carbon offsets to purchase. For context, there are certain emissions that we cannot get rid of directly (i.e. OCS air travel). Therefore, the EAC wants to purchase carbon offsets to remove these emissions elsewhere. It is certainly true that there are a number of dubious offsets out there. Therefore, at EAC meetings, I have made a deliberate effort to advocate for local, credible projects that tangibly give back to Carleton and/or the local community.
- Constitutional Review Board (CRB): This past winter, I served on the CRB for the first time. On the Board, we sought to clarify language in the CSA Bylaws and Constitution, thereby making them more accessible to readers.
- Carbon Neutral by 2030: When Carleton passed its Climate Action Plan in 2011, going carbon neutral by 2050 seemed reasonable. But a lot has changed in the last eleven years. The urgency of the climate crisis has become increasingly apparent, and as such, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted this decade as a critical one. To remain in lockstep with the science, Carleton needs to go carbon neutral by 2030. I plan to pass a resolution outlining this goal.
- Northfield Community Action Center Offset Program (Implementation Phase): If our peer review comes back favorably, it will be time to develop a specific framework for quantifying the carbon that has been offset. More specifically, quantifying exact amounts of greenhouse gas savings needs to be done in a way that has a low administrative burden and that does not place an excessive burden on community members. In this rollout phase, I hope to think through these challenges and make this offset program a reality.
- Broaden Student Input: In the coming year, the EAC will most likely begin to draft the Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2.0. The Committee wants this plan to be a more holistic sustainability plan, rather than a carbon counting exercise. To ensure that CAP 2.0 is equitable and accurately reflects the needs of everyone at Carleton, I want to play an instrumental role in the rollout of EAC town halls, feedback forums, and more.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my platform! If you have any ideas, questions, comments, etc. please do not hesitate to reach out. I am always delighted to chat about sustainability at Carleton, so feel welcome to reach out via email any time.
Increased Visibility of the Queer Community:
While Carleton College is home to a very vibrant queer community, due to the past few years, it has been difficult for queer members of our campus to find communuities that support them and that is made up of individuals who have similar identities. Moving forward with the GSC I plan on implementing this in several ways.
- Better advertising for GSC events. Many queer members of the Carleton community don’t know all the wonderful offerings of GSC and Clader house as well as GSC sponsored events. I plan on helping current members of the incoming class get connected with GSC and be introduced to queer members of campus that will be able to assist with their transition to campus.
- Establishment of a queer interest floor on campus. While Clader house provides many accommodations to queer students on campus, it’s ability to promote community only according to it’s size. I plan on working with ResLife to establish a floor to be primarily occupied by queer members of campus. I believe this would promote stronger bonds and greater community among the queer members of campus.