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Carleton College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Sayles Hill Campus Center
North College Street
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
(507) 222-4000
Email address
School Information
"Carleton College is committed to providing a true liberal arts education—a curriculum that challenges our students to learn broadly and think deeply. Instead of training for one narrow career path, Carleton students develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in any walk of life. "The most important thing our students gain is how to learn for a lifetime. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, effective communication: these are the tools that transform a collection of facts and figures into a way of understanding the world." The college has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, enrolls over 2,000 students, and offers 33 majors and 37 minors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
In order to create a "common language and shared understanding" of anti-racism, the college has instituted mandatory anti-racism training for faculty and staff. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • One of the goals of the college's "Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity" (April, 2022) is to "Significantly increase representation of students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented populations."
  • The "Taste of Carleton" admissions program is an "all-expenses-paid fly-in program" that brings 60 students to campus for three days and two nights. The program gives "...priority to students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds" and "particularly encourage[s] students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students to apply."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • One of the strategies of the college's "Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity" (April, 2022) is "providing and incentivizing training in equity-minded, inclusive decision making for people who are in leadership positions."
  • On September 27, 2023, Carleton's Human Resources Department held a training session titled "Beyond Diversity 101: Micro-inequities, Implicit Bias, and Moving toward Equity."
  • On November 15, 2023, Carleton's Human Resources Department is hosting a training session titled "Now More Than Ever: Why Leadership on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Requires Emotional Intelligence."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college has instituted mandatory anti-racism training for faculty and staff to be led by student activists.
  • Each employee is required to complete 3 components of Phase II antiracism training, including "Consultant-led Session," "Department, Office or Work Unit Group Discussion," and a "Campus Event."
Program and Research Funding
  • One of the academic strategies of the college's "Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity" (April, 2022) states the following: "Designating IDE-specific development funds for designing or redesigning curriculum; exploring the creation of a Center for Race, Gender, Indigeneity, and Social Justice; hosting facilitated community-wide discussions highlighting underrepresented scholars and community members; and exploring new and enhanced options for recognizing student IDE work."
  • More detail on the mandatory anti-racism training for faculty and staff.
  • Carleton published its Fall 2022 Progress Report which "details measurable progress toward the five goals outlined in Carleton’s Community Plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity."
Symbolic Actions
  • In Spring 2022, Carleton entered "Phase II," which will "focus on Carleton-specific contexts and how individual employees might take action within their own work settings. This includes addressing bystander intervention, individual responsibility to act, and creating a welcoming environment."
  • Carleton is using the "original CEDI Action Team report" as the basis for its antiracism initiatives
  • Phase I of Carleton's antiracism program was completed in May 2021.
  • Update: the college will no longer be offering "segregated antiracism training" after a federal complaint was filed.
Last updated September 19th, 2023
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