Staff Collective for Change: Conversations to Empower Antiracist Action (formerly known as SARAE) is a group welcoming all members of the Carleton staff community to participate in dialogue sparked by selected media that centers issues of racism. The dialogue events will take place in a series each term, and one can choose to attend all or a select number of the events.

Stay Connected

Have you attended any of our dialogues? Please take a couple minutes to fill our our feedback form! We are always looking to improve these discussions and welcome your input. Additionally, join our email list to stay updated on SCC dates and media.

Stay Accountable

At each session, the Collective will institute a Call to Action. This will be a time where attendees will reflect on a specific action they can take to make Carleton or their broader community a more inclusive, equitable, and antiracist space.

The SCC Action Accountability Guide is meant to assist staff in completing action steps through identifying timelines, resources, and challenges associated with the action.

Guide Our Sessions

We want to help Carleton staff get what you need out of these dialogues, so we want to know what you’d like to discuss! If you have a theme, topic, or specific piece of media that you think SCC should host a dialogue about, let us know via the form below.

Find the details for each meeting below. Please listen to, watch, or read any identified media before participating in the dialogue, if applicable. ALL Carleton Staff members are welcome to attend these meetings, regardless of experience discussing issues of racism.

Winter 2023 Dialogue Information

6th Thursday, February 9, 11:00 – 12:00PM via ZOOM

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Elders in Residence Events:

Register by January 23rd to attend in person.

Recordings of the presentations will be available after the event.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Why and How We Come from the Stars, Boliou 104 (presentation)

Thursday, Jan. 26

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Grandfather Teachings: Dakota/Lakota and Ojibwe Values, Alumni Guest House Meeting Room (presentation)

More Elder in Residence events can be found on the CCCE Calendar.

Discuss and reflect upon the Indigenous Elders in Residence events.

The purpose of SCC is to host conversations that empower action, engagement, and activism. As part of this mission, we encourage you to register for and attend the in-person events. But, if you’re not able to attend, two of the sessions “Why and How We Come from the Stars” and “The Grandfather Teachings: Dakota/Lakota and Ojibwe Values” will be recorded. 

We will share the recordings as they become available, as well as discussion questions closer to the session date.

From Marcy Averill’s campus email:

“I write to invite you to participate in one or more of the upcoming 2023 Indigenous Elder in Residence events. We are grateful to be welcoming Ida Downwind, Leech Lake Anishinaabe, for her first of four visits to campus this year.  Register here by January 23.

In our Indigenous communities, we view Elders as the most significant voices.  They carry authority along with the wisdom gained across their lifetimes of service to all people.  As traditional knowledge keepers, they have many lessons to share and their ability to guide relationship development can bring about collaborations that would otherwise be impossible.  Ms. Downwind’s first visit will be focused on building and strengthening relationships in all directions here at Carleton.

Ms. Downwind is highly regarded among Indigenous Traditional Healers throughout the region. In addition to her Elder and Healer experiences, her more academic credentials include B.S Elementary Education, M.S. Curriculum and Instruction, all but dissertation for Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Trained and Certified in Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (IFOT) and Indigenous Tools for Living, as well as having been a teacher and educational institution leader for early elementary through Tribal College levels.

  • Meeting ID: 984 2515 6583
  • Passcode: 553545

Resources for Continued Learning & Un-Learning

The following links were suggested by members of SCC as resources they have found helpful in their learning/unlearning journey. Depending on where folks are in their own journey, some resources may be more helpful than others. Please explore them as you see fit, and feel free to suggest the addition of any resources to SARAE leadership.

Instagram Accounts

Starting Out

Diving In

Articles & Websites

2021-22 SCC Media List


Worksheet: Examples of Racial Microaggressions, Adapted from: Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice, by Wing, Capodilupo, Torino, Bucceri, Holder, Nadal, Esquilin (2007)

Short video: 6 Phrases With Surprisingly Racist Origins, by Franchesca Ramsey

TED Talk: Eliminating Microaggressions: The Next Level of Inclusion, by Tiffany Alvoid

Article: 12 Culturally Appropriative Words and Phrases To Stop Using Today, by Lindsay Tucker

Article: 70 Inclusive Language Principles That Will Make You A More Successful Recruiter, by Nehemiah Green


Youtube Video: How Can We Win, by David Jones Media

Article/Video: Tone Policing, by The Unscripted Series

Article: Tone Policing, by Taylor Rae Almonte from the Anti-Racism Newsletter


PDF: Characteristics of White Supremacy

PDF: White Supremacy Culture in Organizations

SCC’s Mission

Updated: September 2022

Staff Collective for Change (SCC) provides intentional, ongoing opportunities for Carleton staff to engage in dialogue around anti-racist action and expand their knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek to provide safe, accountable dialogue spaces to discuss pre-selected media while supplying additional resources so that each person can continue their journey of understanding difference and the importance of an inclusive community.

SCC’s Vision

Updated: September 2022

We envision a Carleton where staff are empowered to engage in the ongoing work of creating an anti-racist community by raising awareness of issues of racism on campus and beyond, expand their knowledge of disparities within our communities, and reimagine the policies, practices, and personal habits that uphold racism in our society.

Full SCC Media, Resource, and Discussion Question Archive

Fall 2021 Dialogue Series

4th Thursday, October 7, 10:00 – 11:00AM via ZOOM

There will be no required media for this session, however, feel free to revisit our 2020-21 media to generate ideas and feedback for discussion.

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Meeting Outline

This session, we will be checking in with the group to re-center the aim of SARAE going into this year and hear what people would like to see from this group going forward.

Additional resources for this session

8th Thursday, November 4, 10:00 – 11:00AM* via ZOOM

*Based on feedback from our first meeting this term, we have updated the time of this meeting. Please note the change and check that you have the correct date and time on your calendar.

Fall/Winter Theme:

Developing Inclusive Practices & Language

For the remainder of fall and winter terms, we will revisit the unpacking of microaggressions. This is a topic that multiple members felt was worth spending more time on to help us all create the inclusive community Carleton is striving for.

The November 4th dialogue will focus on recognizing microaggressions in terminology and language. See below for media.

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Please note: Though all staff are always welcome to attend our sessions, we realize that discussion surrounding the topic of microaggressions may not feel like a safe space for everyone. We hope that by including all of the media here beforehand, staff can decide individually if this is a session they would like to attend.

Featured Media Resources For This Session:

Please choose at least 2 of the following resources to review prior to attending the dialogue.

Winter 2022 Dialogue Series

Announcing Our New Name:

Staff Collective for Change: Conversations to Empower Antiracist Action

Starting in winter 2022, the group formerly known as SARAE will be called the Staff Collective for Change (SCC). After receiving feedback about the group name and simultaneously reflecting on the purpose of our work, we are excited to move forward with a name that reflects a deeper commitment to creating space for our staff community to progress beyond dialogue and take action on-campus and beyond.

Winter Session #1

3rd Thursday, January 20, 10:00 – 11:00 AM via ZOOM


Tone Policing

In continuation with the theme of Developing Inclusive Language and Practices

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Media to review before the session:

  1. Youtube Video: How Can We Win, by David Jones Media
  2. Article/Video: Tone Policing, by The Unscripted Series
  3. Article: Tone Policing, by Taylor Rae Almonte from the Anti-Racism Newsletter
    • This article is optional, but provides examples of tone policing and suggestions for how to stop and address it.

Additional Resources

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Spring 2022 Dialogue Series

Spring Session #1

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 28 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Zoom

Spring Session #2

Thursday, May 12 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Zoom


Characteristics of White Supremacy

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Media to review before the session:

  1. PDF: Characteristics of White Supremacy
  2. PDF: White Supremacy Culture in Organizations

Optional Resources: Coming Soon!

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