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Equity and Inclusion

Campus Initiatives

Carthage is committed to supporting diversity on campus. The following resources reflect this commitment:

Anti-Racism Plan of Action

Carthage College’s anti-racism plan of action, announced July 6, 2020, is the result of conversations across campus, builds on our work to date, and has three goals: To close our achievement gap in graduation rates; to expand resources for diversity, equity, and inclusion work; and to infuse teaching of U.S. racial history into the curriculum for all students. Find out more about the plan at


As part of Carthage’s Anti-Racism Plan, we’re launching the Anti-Racism and Intercultural Seminar Experience (ARISE) for first-year students beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. ARISE will include a two-semester process of personal and relational growth in four phases, including the completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Students will work with an assigned IDI equity coach — a Carthage faculty or staff member who is trained to administer and review the IDI assessment — to develop an intercultural project with both academic and experiential components.
Read more about ARISE

Coming in Fall 2020: New Staff, New Center

  • Carthage has hired an Assistant Director for the Student Affairs Office of Equity and Inclusion, who will assist the office’s Director in fulfilling the department’s mission of supporting underrepresented students for success at Carthage, creating an inclusive campus community, and developing programming to educate on issues of equity and inclusion. The Assistant Director will also work closely with cultural and identity-based student organizations, and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students across campus to develop and enhance services that support students from underrepresented groups on campus.
  • A new space dedicated to support, collaboration, camaraderie, and education will open this fall on the main level of the Todd Wehr Center. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2020-2023

During the 2018-2019 academic year, a committee of dedicated faculty, staff, students, and administrators drafted the College’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. That document, completed and presented to President Swallow in June 2019, outlined a three-year plan to help shape a path forward toward enrolling, retaining, and graduating more students from underrepresented groups from Carthage College, and the promise of equal educational opportunity for all students. 

President’s Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In September 2019, President Swallow formed the President’s Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as recommended by the DEI Strategic Plan. The Advisory Board consists of five faculty and staff members and two students. The group is charged with monitoring the College’s progress as we seek to become an ever more inclusive and equitable campus. 

Bias Education Response Team

Also in Fall 2019, Carthage College formed a Bias Education Response Team to carefully and thoroughly review all reported bias incidents. Bias incidents are those where speech or expressive conduct is directed toward an individual or group that is based on or motivated by the individual or group’s real or perceived gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability/neuro-ability, gender identity/expression, national origin, military/veteran status, and/or age. The Bias Education Response Team determines an appropriate response. Interventions may include education, restorative practices, community dialogue, disciplinary proceedings, and/or referral to local law enforcement. Although not every incident is a violation of College policy or law, all reported incidents are reviewed.
Read more about the Bias Education Response Team

Title IX

Carthage College is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from gender-based discrimination and sexual violence. This applies to academic, educational, athletic, residential, and other College operated programs. Carthage complies with applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972 and the Campus SaVE Act.
Learn more about Title IX

Carthage College Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program

Started in December 2016, the Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program is designed to assist administrators, faculty, and staff in expanding and deepening their intercultural competency to foster a positive campus community and climate that is equitable and inclusive of all individuals. Several cohorts of 15-25 faculty and staff complete the year-long program each year, engaging in 30-50 hours of professional learning experiences. Through this program, participants enhance their knowledge, disposition, and skills essential for equity and inclusion work; complete research-based, valid intercultural assessments; and develop a deeper understanding of the effects of stereotypes, implicit bias, and microaggressions.
Read more about the Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network

The Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network was formed at Carthage in March 2018, named in honor of the first male and female students of African-American descent to graduate from Carthage, Lorraine A. Wiggan ’46 and Alonzo H. Kenniebrew ’54. This group of alumni is dedicated to providing support for current Carthage students of color, especially those of African American descent and those who support the African American community. Carthage held the first reunion of the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network in October 2019. 
Read more about the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network
Read more about the group’s inaugural reunion

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Endowed Scholarship and Experiential Learning Funds

Carthage has two funds to support multicultural students. Both funds were established by the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network. The Wiggan-Kenniebrew Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for multicultural students, with a preference for those who identify as Black, African American, Multiracial, or who demonstrate a commitment to the African American community through membership in a student group that builds community and awareness around African American identity. The Wiggan-Kenniebrew Experiential Learning Fund provides support for multicultural students to participate in co-curricular experiential learning opportunities not funded through tuition.
Learn more about the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Funds

SafeZone Training

Carthage participates in SafeZone, a national effort to develop, enhance, and maintain environments that are culturally competent and supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Carthage College “SafeZones” are inclusive spaces for individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ communities, and where all people can feel welcome and safe to talk about LGBTQ+ issues.
Read more about SafeZone training