Beth Bennett ’07 (Fair Oaks, California) is co-president of the Student Organization for the Protection of the Environment, a group determined to bringing waste composting to the Carleton dining halls. "College is one of the times when we have the ability to change our surroundings," Bennet says. "Why wouldn’t students take advantage of that?"
Cultivating the next generation of leaders: $20 million
- To engage students in developing leadership skills by providing opportunities for service learning, and career exploration
- To encourage participation in cocurricular activities that link classroom learning with practical experience
- To incorporate ehtical study and reflection in teaching and learning
Carleton’s diverse environment has long challenged students to develop fully their personal beliefs and values, and to become critical thinkers with the tools they need to contribute to the common good. Indeed, a recent survey of both entering and graduating Carleton students showed that they rated “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” as their most important value. Now more than ever, the College is aware of the deep interconnection of all facets of student life—classroom learning, student activities, campuswide conversations, and interactions in the dorms—and how these experiences contribute to shaping a student’s vision for his or her future.
Ethical Study and Reflection
Carleton students are eager to develop and reflect on their values. Students who wrestle with ethical and moral decisions while they’re in college develop empathy and integrity, and they acquire the decision-making skills they need to shape their own lives and those of others in an increasingly complex world. With this campaign, Carleton has an opportunity to develop its Ethical Inquiry at Carleton program. With oversight from the Dean of the College’s office, this initiative will support faculty members interested in incorporating ethical teaching components in their courses.
The Headley House Program
The Headley House Program for Distinguished Visitors brings to campus world leaders and thinkers to engage in small-group discussions with students and faculty members. Endowing this program will make permanent the funding for these important opportunities for interaction and engaged learning.
Linking classroom learning with volunteer experience in the field is increasingly important to students and faculty members. It provides opportunities for students to identify social needs and creative approaches for solving difficult problems. Faculty members require resources to incorporate service learning in the curriculum and to plan and implement the volunteer experience.
Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together program connects students with volunteer opportunities through nearly 50 service programs, all of which are led by student volunteers. As more nonprofit groups rely on volunteers to complete vital tasks, Carleton students are gaining the skills to lead large and diverse groups of people, and their experience is fostering knowledge about the importance of community connectedness.
Carleton recognizes the need to prepare, equip, counsel, and support students as they look ahead to graduate school or professional careers. A liberal arts background is even more important today than it was in the past because most people now change jobs seven to nine times over the course of their working lifetime. Students must acquire timeless, transferable skills that prepare them for today’s fast-paced, constantly changing society. A college-based career center must go beyond helping students write résumés and learn interviewing skills to helping them identify and broaden their interests and competencies through specific experiences such as cocurricular activities, internships, research fellowships, off-campus study, and connections with alumni.
An endowed Center for Career and Civic Development will provide Carleton students with advising and outreach in fellowship and professional/graduate school preparation and internships, will broaden and enhance programs in alumni networking and in employer development, and will defray the increasing cost of technological resources needed for today’s students to compete in the job market.