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Equity and Inclusion

Ongoing Programs

Carthage offers a variety of recurring events that speak to matters of diversity. 

Ongoing Events

My Brother’s Keeper

This 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, presentations from community leaders such as CEOs, pastors, professors, politicians, community organizers, social justice advocates, etc.

Black at Carthage

The Office of Equity and Inclusion hosts weekly sessions for students who are looking to connect with other Black students on campus. Students come together to build community and affirm Black identity. These meetings are open to all current Carthage students — traditional undergraduates, transfer students, graduate students, adult learners, and more!

Sister to Sister

Sister to Sister is an initiative supported by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Meetings occur bi-weekly for all women of color who are students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Carthage. The mission of Sister to Sister is built on four pillars:

  • 1. Academic Excellence
  • 2. Career and Professional Preparation
  • 3. Community Engagement and Contribution
  • 4. Meaning, Purpose, and Leaving a Legacy.

During these sessions, members build community by discussing the importance of self-care, growth mindset, professional development, and affirm their identity and experience.

Cultural Field Trips

Trips 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 we 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, and Lakeview in Chicago, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.

Freedom Films

This film series presents important 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 Interview Series

The Java & Justice Interview Series introduces the Carthage community to individuals — often Carthage alumni — doing great work in the world on issues of social justice, civic engagement, and representation. The series is designed to be engaging, inspirational, and motivational for viewers.

75 Years of Black Excellence at Carthage

Year-long through 2021 
In 1946, Lorraine Wiggan ’46 became the first Black graduate of Carthage, opening the doors for the next 75 years of Carthage’s history to unfold and to include Black excellence in all aspects of Carthage life. In 2021, we will collaborate with current students, our Black Student Union, and Carthage’s Black alumni network to celebrate this anniversary with programs throughout the year, including a weekend full of events during Homecoming in the fall. Information about events will be available on The Bridge and the Equity and Inclusion website

Past Events

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network Reunion

Oct. 11-13, 2019
In fall 2019, Carthage hosted the first reunion of the Wiggan-Kenniebrew (W-K) Black Alumni Network. It was open to alumni who identify as African American or biracial, those who participated in the Black Student Union, and all who support the W-K Network’s efforts. The reunion took place during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 11-13, 2019. 

  • 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 …