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Letter to the Chairs of the Board of Trustees and its Investment Committee, from Divest Carleton: continue to divest from fossil fuel holdings

Dear Mr. Weitz and Mr. Wender: We were recently heartened to learn that, as of September 30, 2019, Carleton no longer holds any direct public equity stocks in fossil fuel companies. This marks a significant change in Carleton’s portfolio. Five years ago, Carleton was directly invested in nine major fossil…

Diversity classes: available, but not mandatory

My gut response is no. As a black man who has attend¬ed a primarily white high school who is now attending a primarily white college, I can scream to the hills for ages about the merits of diversity. Colleges shouldn’t be anything but diverse. The very foundation of a college…

Carleton must expand diversity requirements

Carleton, like any self-respecting Liberal Arts college, pays lip service to diversity. That is true inside the classroom as well as outside it. I remember that when I was applying to colleges, Carleton, again like peer institutions, made a big deal of describing its distribution requirements for graduation. They guarantee,…

Racing My Heart: On Trans Identity

I am deeply afraid of my heart beating inside my body. It beats harshly, loudly; I get scared hearing it slave away at making my body breathe, move, think—almost as if neither party deserves the other. It feels unnatural. Let me try to clarify why this is. This has been…

I’m from Vermont, but I won’t be voting for Bernie

Let me paint you a picture: it is 2016 in the Green Mountain State. Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential nomination. The streets are filled with signs, the cars are plastered with bumper stickers, Facebook feeds burst with endorsements—for Bernie Sanders. Don’t get me wrong. There are many in…