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A Community of Belonging

Carleton’s mission to provide an exceptional undergraduate liberal arts education requires a community of trust and belonging where each individual feels safe and valued. The college community is actively engaged in the work of making Carleton more inclusive, diverse, and equitable.

To achieve our goal of full participation, we are embracing our shared values of mutual respect and curiosity as we go forward, honest reflection and dialogue as we look back, and a deep sense of joy, humor, and grace as we try, fail, and grow as a community.

Alison Byerly

“The equitable and committed community we seek is not an option or an enhancement to the Carleton experience. It is absolutely fundamental to our ability to deliver a quality liberal arts education.”

—Alison Byerly, President
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Two students work together planting trees in the Carleton Arboretum
Professor and students participate in birch bark biting in a classroom


of domestic Carleton students identify as people of color


of the Class of 2027 are first-generation college students


countries are represented in the student body


of Carleton students receive financial aid

The education we offer at Carleton is grounded in community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, departments, offices, and organizations all work toward the goal of making Carleton a community where everyone belongs, and a place that belongs to everyone.

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Academic Programs

Carleton’s academic departments and programs are engaging in the work of responding to systemic inequities in higher education and at Carleton.

Academic Initiatives

The academic department efforts are still being collected, but a few examples are available now: