Winter Term 2017 Message to the Carleton Community

Dear Carls,

Happy New Year!  Winter term has gotten off to a quick start.  Below are a few key updates that I hope you will find helpful.  Feel free to let me know if you would like additional information.

Title IX Coordinator. In October 2016, I asked Heidi Jaynes, Associate Athletic Director, to chair a 10-person search advisory committee to identify candidates to serve in the newly created role of full-time Title IX Coordinator.  The committee began meeting October 31 and has identified three finalists, who will visit campus later this month and in February.  All Carleton community members are invited to meet the candidates.  Additional information will be forthcoming. You may also go to the coordinator search page on the Dean of Students website for updates. 

Laptop Loaner Program. A key recommendation emerging from the Winter 2016 community conversations was creating a laptop loaner program for those students who may not have the resources to afford one. The Dean of Students Office, in collaboration with Information Technology Services, is creating a pilot program for 16 students to use new Chromebooks while at Carleton. Applications are due January 20, 2017.  For the application and additional information, please visit the loaner laptop application page.

Spring Break 2017:  From Northfield to Selma. The Dean of Students Office will sponsor an 8-day spring break trip to explore key places and spaces that highlight U.S. Civil Rights history, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the 16th Street Baptist Church, the National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel, and the Brown Chapel AME Church, among others. Applications are due February 3, 2017. Learn more and submit an application.

Health Promotion’s Wellness Challenge. The newly created Office of Health Promotion is hosting a Wellness Challenge during Weeks 3-6 of this term. Students who sign up will receive a weekly email with a menu of stress-reduction options, one of which includes the golden retriever Tica, who is assuming the role of official SWA Dog. Students are encouraged to attend SWA Dog office hours, held twice weekly for the duration of the Wellness Challenge.

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) Workshops. SHAC is offering two workshop series this term. One is a three-part Resilient Workshop Series designed to help students who want to improve their stress-management skills. The workshops focus specifically on transforming anxiety, depression, and social isolation.  Students are welcome to attend one, two, or all three sessions. The first meets Tuesday, January 17, from 12:10-1:00 p.m. in the SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03). No sign up is necessary. More information can be found on the SHAC website.

Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) Working Group: The group submitted their final report, in which they recommended a BIRT at Carleton. Through subsequent conversations and campus consideration, I learned that there does not seem to be a broad community consensus about the appropriateness of a BIRT for addressing bias incidents at Carleton, so I have decided not to pursue this particular mechanism at this time. That said, we will continue to explore processes and protocols that more fully engage the college community in addressing the serious challenge of bias incidents. 

Staffing: This term, Student Life launches searches for the following key positions: Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural and International Life; Area Director in Residential Life; and Assistant Dean of Students. More information will be forthcoming. 

Thank You:  Gathering over a meal is fundamentally an act of both nourishment and community. During winter break, nearly two hundred Carls remained on campus and in the Northfield area and, in many cases, were unable to spend time with their loved ones back home. In response, faculty and staff were invited to host a meal for students.  More than 48 faculty and staff hosted 182 students. Many thanks to all of those who hosted and attended. 

Stay warm! 

All the best for a great winter term,

Dean Livingston                                                               

August 2016 Message to the Carleton Community

August 31, 2016

Dear Carls,

It seems only yesterday that my family and I trekked from the sunny and humid temperatures of Atlanta, Georgia to the mild and pleasant summer temperatures of Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College, the place that we have called home for the past fourteen months, is still as warm and inviting now as it was then. 

Since my arrival, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and families who care deeply about Carleton.


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