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Carleton will invite students, faculty, and staff into an equitable community of belonging where everyone can fully access the opportunities that Carleton offers.

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Carleton has always prided itself on building community without conformity, welcoming students whose varied passions, interests, and personalities are valued for their distinctiveness. Our approach to education is grounded in an understanding of community as the foundation for learning, and a recognition that students learn from each other as well as from their faculty and staff mentors. For Carleton, continued academic excellence means offering an education that is  accessible, engaging, and transformative for all students.

We recognize that for some students, there are barriers to accessing a Carleton education and taking advantage of all the opportunities that Carleton offers. We know that students who come from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences may feel excluded from the sense of connection and belonging that defines the Carleton experience for others. Our faculty and staff, too, need to feel equally seen and valued, as every member of this community plays an important role in the education of our students.

The Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE Plan) that Carleton completed and approved in the spring of 2022 laid the groundwork for addressing many of these issues. Building on those commitments, we have identified additional actions that will support students, faculty, staff, and alumni in developing a lifelong connection to the multiple communities that make up a diverse, inclusive, and supportive learning environment.

Visit the pages below to see the actions and metrics associated with each goal.