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Equity and Inclusion

Red Bracelet Project

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in Carthage’s newest program, the Red Bracelet Project, as part of the College’s commitment to anti-racism.

Those who want to participate in the Red Bracelet Project will receive red bracelets created by Pura Vida (Pure Life). These bracelets symbolize the fight for justice, our mission of creating a world where all people can flourish, and that it is a community effort to imagine a new way of being and then making our dreams into our way of life. They will symbolize a commitment to anti-racism work at Carthage and in the world.

Participants can pick up a bracelet in the Center for Faith and Spirituality and the Division of Student Affairs Office. Students can track their attendance at a Red Bracelet Project event on The Harbor, and all participants who complete at least three Red Bracelet events will earn a special t-shirt.

“African slaves and their descendants discerned something in the Bible that was neither at the center of their ancestral cultures nor in evidence in their hostile American home, a warrant for justice in the world. They found woven in the texts of the Bible a crimson thread of divine justice antithetical to the injustice they had come to know all too well.” — Allen Dwight Callahan, “The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible”

Join us at our Red Bracelet Project events

Ongoing Faculty Program

Teaching Commons Event
The Teaching Commons will sponsor a faculty learning community on critical race theory, led by Professor Julius Crump. Faculty learning communities include 8-12 transdisciplinary faculty and professional staff engaging in an active, collaborative program. Research indicates that we are most likely to change our practices when we have the opportunity to engage over a period of time with a community of people we trust. Learning communities provide a structured, supportive environment in which we learn with, and from, colleagues interested in the same topics or issues. 

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Ethics and Boundaries in Trauma Work: Unique Challenges and Opportunities 
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Virtual, live interactive training
Free to Carthage students, staff, and faculty; 4 CEUs available in interactive ethics. 

The subject of trauma is gaining increased attention as a significant public health issue. Social workers and other mental health professionals are on the front lines of addressing the multitude of social ills that result from trauma exposure. This workshop examines the unique ethical questions raised by our work with trauma survivors. Participants will explore the adequacy of current definitions of trauma and ways our profession can address traumatizing effects of toxic stressors such as racism, poverty, and other forms of oppression. The unique ethical and boundary questions raised by trauma work will be reviewed. This presentation will look at ethical issues of trauma work through a social justice lens. This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter. Download the course flyer to learn more

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Black Wall Street
4 p.m., Google Meet
Tulsa, Oklahoma, was known as the home of the Black Wall Street during the early twentieth century. The famous Greenwood District served as a symbol of Black excellence with the establishment of wealth and affluence. Come join us as we discuss the creation of Black Wall Street and other thriving historical Black communities!

Thursday, Feb. 11

Amputation, Rehabilitation, and Race in America
12:30-2 p.m., Zoom
African Americans develop chronic diseases a decade earlier than their white counterparts; they are twice as likely to die from diabetes; they live, on average, three years fewer. Among diabetics, especially in low-income and underinsured neighborhoods, “black patients lose limbs at a rate triple that of others.” Dr. Foluso Fakorede, a cardiologist from Mississippi, fights for his patients — mostly black and disadvantaged — to keep their legs. “Surgeons get paid for amputations,” he says. Rehabilitation is a longer, harder road, and all too often, only the patient suffers the consequences of disability brought on by amputation. Dr. Fakorede will share his experiences and insight into racial disparities in medical care and outcomes with the Carthage community. Classes and individuals are invited. For the most impactful experience, please read this article about Dr. Fakorede’s work.

Anti-Racism Training
4-6 p.m. Zoom
This training session describes the historical context of the United States and the ways white supremacy manifested as a deeply-rooted system. Attendees will receive knowledge about the institution of slavery and how white supremacy and privilege impact our country today.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Ash Wednesday Experience
All day, A. F. Siebert Chapel
Join us on Ash Wednesday for a variety of services throughout the day. Learn about and experience the three most important pieces of the Ash Wednesday liturgy: confession and forgiveness, the imposition of ashes, and communion. You can also experience the confession and forgiveness, and the imposition of ashes throughout the day on your own.
Read more and see the full list of Ash Wednesday events

Thursday, Feb. 18

Food, Racism, and Justice
Noon-1 p.m., Google Meet
We will discuss African American food and culture by exploring how racism surfaced in the domestic labor industry while also examining the history of Aunt Jemima, the mammy figure, and Uncle Ben. Despite this history, we will consider a new wave of African American chefs in the present-day.

A Conversation with Writer and Director Aaron Covington of ‘Creed’ (Concludes with screening of ‘Creed’)
6-9:30 p.m., Zoom (RSVP required)
The Communication and Digital Media Department, Division of Arts and Humanities, Carthage Activities Board, and the Black Student Union presents a conversation with Aaron Covington and a screening of the film “Creed.” Professor Nicholas Pilarski and BSU President Asmau Diallo ’20 will speak with Aaron Covington. Mr. Covinton’s writing and directing accomplishments include the award-winning blockbuster film “Creed,” “NBA 2k17,” “Minimum Wage,” and the Black Panther comic book franchise. He will speak about his process as a screenwriter and director, the politics of the screen, interactive media, and the current state of the entertainment industry. This roundtable event will conclude with the screening of the film “Creed.” 
An RSVP is required in order to receive the Zoom link via email. This event is only open to Carthage students, staff, and faculty, and is free to attend. 

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Art History Lecture with Jody Berman
4:15 p.m., Zoom
Join us for an art history lecture with Jody Berman, an adjunct faculty member in the Art Department. In her lecture, Ms. Berman will discuss artist Derrick Adams’s “Culture Club” series as examined within her forthcoming book, “Laughing Til It Hurts: Racism, Humor and the Burden of Representation.” In her work, she states, “to the same extent that Black citizens have brought attention to the historic and present-day oppression of their communities, individual Black artists have likewise sought to reveal visually the histories of their own particularized, evolving experience. Genre scenes that represent individuals at leisure, for instance, are ubiquitous within the art historical canon and yet artist Derrick Adams’s Culture Club series is singular in its playful depiction of Black subjects at leisure within the historically contested site of the American public swimming pool. The series is rooted in the contemporary moment and yet alludes to the way in which it has been shaped by the past.” These words are only a glimpse into the inspiring and thought-provoking material that will continue in Ms. Berman’s lecture. Sponsored by the Art Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Wednesday, March 3

Java and Justice: Interview with counselor Dominique Pritchett ’07 
4 p.m., Zoom 
Dominique Pritchett says the guidance and mentoring she received at Carthage, coupled with the College’s mission of being of service to others, led her to her career in social work. She has served as a licensed psychotherapist at Oakwood Clinical Associates and Kenosha Visiting Nurses Correctional Care, and is now an adjunct psychology professor at Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, a counselor at Carthage College, a mental health clinician at Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., and is the founder and CEO of Beloved Wellness Center in Kenosha.

Saturday, March 6

Depolarizing Conversations About Race
1-4 p.m., Zoom (RSVP required)
Conversations between White people on race can be nearly as broken as conversations between Whites and Blacks. Many White Americans have trouble sustaining conversations on issues related to race and racism. Conversations flare up and shut down, relationships become strained or broken, and a national path forward on race becomes harder to envision. We need to change the culture of conversations about race, finding alternatives to the polarized and judgmental nature of these exchanges. This can lead to more productive conversations and joint action with people of all races. This free workshop is designed to help participants learn and practice skills for having more respectful and productive conversations about race with other White people. The program will be facilitated by Carthage’s Cameron Swallow in partnership with the national Braver Angels organization. RSVP to this event in order to receive the Zoom link via email.

Wednesday, March 10

Java & Justice: Interview with Marie Tredway ’17 (‘Chicago Med’ cast member)
4 p.m., Zoom
Marie Tredway ’17 is an award-winning director and actor in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. She has performed in numerous works, earning multiple awards, including a Kennedy Center’s 2018 American College Theatre Festival Award for Distinguished Performance as Fannie Lou Hammer, in the Carthage production, “A Seat at the Table.” Originally studying nursing at a college in Illinois, Ms. Tredway first learned about Carthage when she saw a production at a regional theater festival. She was so impressed with what she saw that, at the age of 30, she applied to the College, auditioned for a scholarship, and transferred to Carthage. As a non-traditional student and mother of two, she graduated Magna Cum Laude, made the Dean’s List four times, and won multiple scholarships and awards along the way. Ms. Tredway says the idea of “artist activism” is very important to her and credits Carthage theatre faculty for inspiring that in her as well as her love for directing. She practices using theatre to make meaningful commentary on society, and recently directed the political satire “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” for Three Brothers Theatre. Every day, she looks for opportunities to use her art to uplift, inspire, and build.

Monday, March 15

The Impact of White Supremacy 
4-6 p.m. Zoom
This training session describes the historical context of the United States and the ways white supremacy manifested as a deeply-rooted system. Attendees will receive knowledge about the institution of slavery and how white supremacy and privilege impact our country today.

Thursday, March 25

Moving Beyond Denial: Racism in Faith Communities
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zoom
Join us for a panel discussion with local religious leaders from a variety of faith worldviews on the broad history of racism within their faith tradition in America. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion. This event is open to both the Carthage and Kenosha communities and is a Courageous Conversation sponsored by the Coalition for Dismantling Racism. 

Wednesday, April 14

Notorious RBG (Judge Ruth Ginsburg)
Noon, Google Meet 
During 2020 we lost many iconic figures. This session will explore the life of Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who left a substantial mark on United States history.

  • 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 $22,000 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 …