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Anti-Racism Plan of Action for Carthage

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells

Carthage College announces Anti-Racism Plan of Action

July 6, 2020

Dear members of the Carthage community,

I announce today a plan of action for Carthage College to work against racism, to both affirm and demonstrate that Black lives matter. These words are important to say, and many have asked me to say them. For me, it was important to first have concrete, action-oriented plans in place so that we as a community could pair words with deeds.

In this plan, which is the result of conversations across our community and builds on the Carthage College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2023, Carthage commits to:

  • Close our achievement gap in graduation rates;
  • Expand resources for work in diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Infuse the teaching of U.S. racial history throughout our curriculum for all students.

This plan of action takes as its guiding principle the words of Ida B. Wells, a Black educator, journalist, and activist: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

This work is vital to the future of our community and our nation, and it is the kind of work a place like Carthage is uniquely suited to engage in both in and out of the classroom.

I urge you to read the full plan, to understand its components, and most of all, to consider how you can take part and support its work. I ask as well that if you are a member of a group associated with Carthage — whether a Greek organization, an athletic team, or an alumni group — and will be undertaking initiatives of your own in support of this work, to please let me know.

The more who take up action, the more we stand together to work against racism.

I look forward to doing the important work of fighting racism and inequality with you, and I welcome continued conversation around these issues that have persisted in our society and our institutions for too long.

John Swallow