The Program - How Critical Conversations Works

Every fall term, IDSC 203 (Talking About Diversity) is offered. Students must apply to be enrolled. IDSC 203 prepares students to facilitate peer-led conversations about diversity through theoretical and experiential study of social identity, power, and inequality. Readings address how race, gender, class, and sexual orientation affect individual experience and communal structures, reflecting its intellectual grounding in sociology, American studies, educational studies, and psychology. Readings are complemented by experiential exercises that invite self-reflection on social identity and reactions to difference, diversity, and conflict. Students participate in workshops to develop and improve facilitation skills. Class participants may apply to facilitate sections of IDSC 103, a student-led course in winter term. 6 credits, S/CR/NC only.

Every winter term, several sections of IDSC 103 are offered, each led by two graduates of IDSC 203. Groups of 8-12 students participate in peer-led conversations about diversity and community at Carleton. Readings and experiential exercises invite students to reflect on their own social identities and their attitudes toward race, gender, class, and sexuality. By taking risks and engaging in honest conversations and self-reflection, students work together to understand differences, develop empathy, and explore how to build communities that are welcoming and open to diversity. Students are required to keep a weekly journal that is assessed by faculty members. 2 credits, S/CR/NC only.

Every spring term, there are sponsored activities (film screenings, poetry workshops, etc.) that provide spaces for students to continue conversations begun in the winter.

Questions? Please feel free to contact either of the two co-coordinators of the program:

Amy Sillanpa, Assistant Dean of Students, x4075, asillanp@carleton.edu

Thabiti Willis, Associate Professor of African History, x4207, jcwillis@carleton.edu