Carthage offers a variety of workshops and programs designed to educate the Carthage community on matters relating to equity and inclusion.
SAFE Zone is a 60- to 120-minute introductory workshop that connects participants with basic competencies, language, and an understanding of LGBTQ history and contemporary issues. The workshop presents an overview of research on the queer experience in schools and campus communities and invites students to participate in small group and large group activities to engage in greater awareness of these issues.
SAFE Zone participants come away from the experience with greater awareness of LGBTQ issues, greater confidence in participating in dialogues around these issues, and a very real understanding of how our individual and community values help shape our understanding of these issues and of our fellow Carthaginians who identify as members of LGBTQ communities.
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Embracing RACE is a 60- to 120-minute introductory anti-racism training workshop that introduces students to the dynamics and foundations of racial power and privilege and shows how these dynamics shape the experiences of individuals and communities. Embracing RACE participants engage in dialogue and activities that center on understanding the history of racialized laws and policies and the ideology of white supremacy that shaped the American experience and laid the foundation for the racial and economic disparities we encounter today.
Participants come away from the Embracing RACE workshop with a greater awareness of systemic and institutional power, and how that differs from individual acts of prejudice and discrimination. Participants will grapple with big questions about identity, identity development, cultural saliency, the psychological effects of racism, and contemporary forms of racial discrimination against people of color in housing, employment, home ownership, the criminal justice system, police brutality, corruption, and abuse of power, access to high quality and safe healthcare, securing bank loans, and engaging in everyday activities.
My Brother’s Keeper
This weekly leadership program for men of color strives to build excellence in four key areas: personal development; academic excellence; professional preparation and civic engagement; and meaning, purpose, and leaving a legacy. Events include leadership retreats; meetings with corporate leaders and business owners; workshops on internships; job shadowing; and presentations from community leaders such as CEOs, pastors, professors, politicians, community organizers, and social justice advocates.
Cultural Field Trips
Trips are offered monthly and introduce Carthage students to diverse communities, help them visit important organizations in each community, and allow them to enjoy an authentic meal in each community they visit. Special attention is paid to the history of social justice movements in each community. Past visits have included trips to Pilsen, Chinatown, Washington Park, Lakeview in Chicago, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
This film series is offered monthly and presents documentaries highlighting important historical and contemporary social justice issues. Discussions follow each film. Past films have included: “Freedom Riders,” “Fierce Light,” “February One,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “13th,” and “The Laramie Project.”
Java & Justice
This monthly dialogue series encourages audiences to discuss difficult topics while practicing active listening and the building of community over free coffee and tea. Past topics have included immigration, new campus social movements, and civil disobedience.
Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program
The Carthage College Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program assists administrators, faculty, and staff to expand and deepen their intercultural competency to foster a positive campus community and climate that is equitable and inclusive of all individuals.
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Carthage offers opportunities for students to obtain professional preparation that promotes diversity for their future careers. Examples of this include the Urban Teacher Preparation Program, which helps future teachers succeed in urban schools.
Learn more about the Urban Teacher Preparation Program
Faculty and Staff Workshops
Faculty and staff members who wish to educate themselves further can attend a number of workshops designed to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at Carthage.
Learn about diversity workshops at Carthage
* Note: Faculty and staff who would like to become members of the Equity and Inclusion Committee can join by filling out the Equity and Inclusion Committee membership form.