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