In Winter 2016, Carleton launched a series of programmatic initiatives and focused self-studies to help us better understand what makes for a healthy academic community, and how the college both meets and falls short of its aims. Ignorance and callousness about race, gender, class, privilege, and other aspects of identity can seriously impede teaching and learning.

As part of this effort, the college held small-group “Community Conversations” to discuss areas of tension for our campus, with a particular emphasis on understanding our personal and communal relationships.