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Equity and Inclusion


Student View of Cultural and Inclusive Spaces

This workshop explores students’ perspectives of commonplace interactions and behaviors that inadvertently impede the increase of cultural and inclusive spaces around Carthage specific environments. Participants will also review the historic and current attempts to nurture individual and institutional receptivity to promoting inclusiveness. Workshop interactions consist of fishbowl, group discussion and reflection, and other activities to further expand and improve upon practices to create an authentic sense of belonging for all students.

Unmasking Stereotype Threats and Implicit (Unconscious) Bias

This workshop has relevancy to all employees and provides an introduction to the concepts of stereotype threats and implicit bias. Both ideas are rooted in research and participants examine what kinds of behaviors and capacities stereotype threats and implicit bias interfere with in their personal lives and workplaces. Also, participants explore findings of remedies for the effects of stereotype threats and implicit bias through guided discovery from the works Claude M Steele, author of Whistling Vivaldi, and the Harvard Implicit Bias Project.

Ally Development Exercise I & II

If “Diversity is Everybody’s Everyday Work,” then where do I fit in? How can I be part of this work if I never thought these issues were “my issues”? This workshop introduces participants to the concept of being an ally. Participants explore how it’s possible, and why it’s necessary, to work toward access, inclusion, and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and community members, and for greater equity in all parts of our institution. Additionally, engage in an introductory “safe zone” activity where participants learn accurate information about the reality of being part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) population and acquire information about how values and beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity impact your own and others’ lives. Also, this workshop encompasses language terminology to build knowledge of positive, inclusive words, and issues of the LGBTQIA community in support of creating inclusive spaces.

Equity-minded Course Syllabi: A Critical Inquiry

Inclusive learning and teaching refers to the ways in which pedagogy, curricula and assessment are designed and delivered to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible to all. This workshop engages faculty in a critical inquiry of course syllabi. Participants analyze their own course syllabi to ensure that all students, including underrepresented students, are well-served in the learning environment. Clarity in language, goals, and measures is vital to effective equitable practices. A modified version of the Equity Scorecard Document Analysis Rubric for Self-Assessment of Equity-Minded and Culturally Inclusive Policies and Practices provides the method for analyzing and aligning course design and instruction with the goals of equity and inclusivity.

From Microinequities to Microadvantages

Micro-inequities are subtle, often unconscious, messages that devalue and discount individuals based on an unchangeable characteristic such as race or gender that can discourage and impair school and workplace performance. On the other hand, micro-advantages are subtle, often unconscious, messages that motivate, inspire and enhance school and workplace performance. A micro-advantage is a subtle message that motivates and inspires performance in the workplace or classroom. Like microinequities, they are conveyed through facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice, choice of words, nuance and syntax. Applied effectively, microadvantages can unlock student and employee potential, enabling one’s engagement, creativity, loyalty and performance. Micro-advantages are believed to enhance an individual’s engagement and overall performance. This workshop is applicable to all employees who have a desire to improve communication skills with diverse groups of people and in understanding how to transform microinequities to microadvantages messaging within the context of micromessaging. Participants engage in exploratory learning experiences to learn how micromessages are the central thread in every form of communication.

Teaching Practices that Facilitate Success for Underserved Students

This workshop will familiarize participants with the recommended practices for designing course materials and assignments, conducting classroom activities, and engaging effectively with all students, including those considered underserved. Emphasis will be placed on transparency, in which teachers and students focus together on how college students learn and why teachers structure learning experiences in particular ways. Participants will apply strategies presented in the workshop to design or re-design a learning activity or assignment for their class.

Gender Awareness in the Workplace and in the Classroom

This workshop focuses on interactions in the workplace and in the classroom to explore how  they challenge or reinforce gender stereotypes and power dynamics. Participants examine how  not challenging norms in society reinforces stereotypes of what “feminine” and “masculine”  mean and the impact those stereotypes can have on power dynamics in the community. The  workshop also exposes participants to recent policies of inclusion for transgendered community  members and those who do not identify themselves within the binary gender categories.  Through group discussion, reflection, and targeted activities participants will gain a more  thorough understanding of how they can be co-creators of a campus climate that supports  those who have traditionally been disempowered because of their gender and gender  identification.

  • 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 …