A $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will fund Carleton's new Indigenous Engagement in Place initiative. The initiative is his three-year project to expand curricular and academic collaboration with Indigenous partners and revitalize learning, teaching, and public scholarship across the humanities and liberal arts. , which also provides the foundation for developing a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies at Carleton.
The project is funded through the Foundation's Humanities for All Times initiative and will advance three areas of emerging focus at Carleton.
- Fostering mutually beneficial and respectful relationships with Indigenous partners for both curricular and extra-curricular purposes.
- Extensive curriculum development aimed, in part, at developing a new Native American and Indigenous Studies minor.
- Programs and resources currently supporting Indigenous research at Carleton
Project leaders include project co-director Michael McNally, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies; and Meredith McCoy, assistant professor of American studies and history. Marcy Averill, Indigenous Community Liaison, agrees.
Carleton School President Alison Byerley said: “Our engagement with Indigenous peoples is a great example of how Carleton Schools is deepening its commitment to preparing students for impact and meaningful lives in their communities. There is,” he said. “Through the generosity of the Mellon Foundation and the hard work of our faculty and staff, this initiative delivers on an important goal of the University's strategic direction by centering Indigenous efforts and expanding collaboration with Indigenous peoples and organizations. and we are building new partnerships with tribal universities for co-curricular initiatives and research partnerships. ”
Since 2020, Carleton has worked to build reciprocal relationships with governing bodies and cultural initiatives in neighboring Dakota nations, as well as Indigenous-led organizations in the Twin Cities and broader region.
“Our commitment to this initiative helps move awareness of the land from words to action,” McCoy said. “Recognizing our obligation to the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples, we are excited about this support to grow a sustainable relationship model for research, teaching, and collaboration with Indigenous partners on campus.”
“At Carleton, we have been doing substantial work with native partners for many years, but we have recently begun a transition away from native partners. For this We need more sustained, integrated and reciprocal engagement with Indigenous peoples and organizations,” added McNally. “With Mellon’s support, we can take this to the next level.”
Indigenous Engagement in Place reflects priorities established collaboratively by community partners, faculty, staff, students, and university leaders, with 62% of grant funding going to Indigenous partners.
“The work under this grant will expand Carleton's curriculum in new directions, foster relationships with Indigenous partners, and expand Carleton's ability to engage in shared projects,” said Michelle, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Mattson said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to advance this important initiative.”
Humanities for All Times originally launched in 2021 as a $16 million initiative that awarded grants to the first group of 12 liberal arts colleges across the United States that year. Of the 50 liberal arts colleges invited to submit proposals to this second group, 10 were selected to support the envisioned curriculum projects and help students see and experience It received a grant of up to $1.5 million to be used over three years. The applicability of the humanities for real-world social justice purposes.
“The purpose of Humanities for All Times is twofold,” said Philip Brian Harper, director of higher education programs at the Mellon Foundation. “On the one hand, it aims to make students aware of the concrete, practical skills that can be acquired through humanities study.On the other hand, it aims to make students aware of the concrete, practical skills that can be acquired through humanities study. We aim to help students recognize that imagination itself is essential to effective social justice work.”
About Carleton University
Consistently ranked as one of the nation's top liberal arts institutions, Carleton School of Approximately 2,000 students is located in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota, 60 miles south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is a private co-educational college with . High academic standards, a national reputation for outstanding faculty, and a diverse student body contribute to Carleton's success.The university is ranked as follows US News & World Report Rated as the number one institution for undergraduate education for 13 consecutive years. For more information about Carleton, please visit the university's website.
About the Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation's largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has operated with the core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are places where our complex humanity is expressed, and that everyone has the right to enjoy the beauty, transcendence, and freedom they offer. Through grants, the Foundation seeks to build just communities that are enriched with meaning, empowered by critical thinking, and nurtured by ideas and imagination.