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Leadership Development

Emerging Leaders Retreat

J-Term is a time for reflection and growth. During this overnight retreat, first and second year students will explore their own leadership style to start the spring semester with a fresh perspective and new leadership skills.

​Students will explore diverse themes throughout the weekend, including expanding their view of leadership Students engage in activities designed to promote leadership during the Emerging Leaders a process involving increased self-knowledge, collaboration, and positive social change. They will discover that leadership lies in who you are rather than the position you hold and will learn to identify and model inclusive leadership behaviors.

The cost of attendance is $25 which includes lodging, travel, and meals. Student organizations and campus departments are invited to sponsor two rising leaders, preferably from different genders. Limited spots are available! Transportation will be provided via Carthage College fleet vehicles. 

Overnight accommodations and retreat will be located at Army Lake Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin. Participants must provide their own linens such as sleeping bags and pillows.

  • Retreat departure: 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 at the TWC Flagpole
  • Return to campus: 6 p.m., Saturday Jan. 26

Apply now to the Emerging Leaders Retreat

The deadline for applications is Nov. 20, 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance before Winter Break.

Past participant testimonials 

Students engage in activities designed to promote leadership during the Emerging Leaders Retreat.”Before attending the Emerging Leaders Retreat, I did not see myself as a leader, but by exploring who I am, I found what strengths I hold as a leader. I have more confidence and an eager approach to gain leadership on campus.”
Serina Hernandez, 2017 participant 

“The retreat has given me so much more than just different leadership techniques; it has given me lifelong friends who help me grow in becoming a successful leader.”
Heidi Wittwer, 2017 participant

For questions, please contact Student Involvement Coordinator Ryan Huntington at 

Orientation Leaders

Would you like to serve as a mentor for new students? Do you want to help plan opening activities at Carthage? If so, being an orientation leader may be perfect for you. Applications are available in the Dean of Students Office during Spring Term.

Student Leadership Awards

The Student Leadership Awards are presented each spring to recognize students and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the Carthage Community during the course of the year. Awards are offered in the following categories:

Silver Leadership Award — This award recognizes first year, sophomore or first-year transfer undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership promise through breadth in their co-curricular involvement.

Gold Leadership Award — This award recognizes current junior, senior and second-year transfer students who demonstrate exemplary leadership through depth in their co-curricular involvement.

Community Service Student Activator of the Year — This award recognizes a student for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on campus and/or within the Kenosha community

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate of the Year — This award is presented to recognize a student who has contributed to creating a campus culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The recipient demonstrates an ability to educate the campus about diversity and inclusion while building connections.

Community Service Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, commitment, and dedication to the betterment of individuals, the campus, and the community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, accomplishments, and commitment to educating others about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year — This award is designed to recognize the efforts of a student organization’s advisor who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of the organization and its members.

New Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to an organization which has received full recognition during in the current academic year. The organization will demonstrate a progression of growth throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.

Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to up to two student organizations which demonstrate an excellence throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …