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Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment and Community

A message from the President

We live and work in a richly diverse world. At Carthage, we strive to enhance the diversity and equity of our community and, together, to create an ever more enlightened and inclusive environment that will positively impact the world.

John R. Swallow has been elected the 23rd president of Carthage College.

We do this not only because we know the great value of a diverse and equitable educational environment — for these benefits have been well-documented — but also because it is who we are and it is the right thing to do. And the message we hope to convey to all who come to explore and join Carthage College is that you belong here. You belong here because of who you are, where you come from, and what gifts you possess. Please join us.

— Carthage College President John Swallow


Carthage College Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

In September 2019, President Swallow announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, following the completion of the College’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The Advisory Board consists of five faculty and staff members and two students. The group is charged with monitoring the College’s progress as we seek to become an ever more inclusive and equitable campus. Carthage is committed taking ongoing action.

In July 2020, President Swallow announced an Anti-Racism Plan of Action, to both affirm and demonstrate that Black lives matter. This plan of action takes as its guiding principle the words of Ida B. Wells, a Black educator, journalist, and activist: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” In this plan, which is the result of conversations across our community and builds on the Carthage College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2023, Carthage commits to close our achievement gap in graduation rates; expand resources for work in diversity, equity, and inclusion; and infuse the teaching of U.S. racial history throughout our curriculum for all students. Read more about Carthage’s Anti-Racism Plan of Action

Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network

The Wiggan-Kenniebrew funds were established in March 2018 by the Wiggan-Kenniebrew Black Alumni Network, a group of committed Carthage alumni who have joined with Carthage faculty and staff to increase enrollment of students of color, and to secure the resources necessary to provide these students with the support they need to persevere to graduation and fulfill their post-graduation goals. Learn more about the Wiggan-Kenniebrew funds

Equity and Inclusion Committee Members

  • Kara Baylor

    Campus Pastor and Director of Congregational Relations

    The Rev. Kara Baylor brings more than 20 years of experience in youth ministry to Carthage. She leads the Center for Faith and Spirituality.

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  • Kimberlie Goldsberry

    Vice President for Student Affairs; Dean of Students

    As Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Kimberlie Goldsberry directs the College’s efforts in residence life, student activities, Greek life, health and counseling, faith and spirituality, multicultural affairs, leadership development, new student orientation, and the disciplinary process.

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  • Abigail Hanna

    Vice President for Administrative Planning and Innovation, and Chief Organizational Development Officer

    Abigail Hanna supervises the Office of Institutional Research, oversees the Office of the Registrar, and partners with other College leaders, departments, and divisions on special effectiveness initiatives, such as retention, graduation rates, class schedules/sizes, and outcomes.

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  • Rocco LaMacchia

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

    Rocco LaMacchia Jr. is the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Carthage. He enjoys meeting with students and their families to show them the Carthage campus.

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  • Carolyn Serdar

    Director of Employer Relations and Internships

    As Director of Employer Relations and Internships at Carthage, Carolyn Serdar connects students with employers locally and internationally for outstanding experiential learning opportunities.

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  • Seth Weidmann

    Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach

    Seth Weidmann is the Head Men’s Swimming and Diving Coach. He also serves on the Carthage Staff Council. 

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  • Daron Wolf

    Marketing Manager

    As the Marketing Manager, Daron designs strategic marketing plans to support the recruitment and admissions cycle of Carthage College. This work is done in close collaboration with the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Continuing Studies.  

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  • Bradley Zopf ’05

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Professor Bradley Zopf graduated from Carthage in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He earned his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate in sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems and Committee for Teaching and Learning for the Midwest Sociological Society.

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  • Dana Garrigan

    Associate Professor of Biology

    Prof. Garrigan teaches courses in biodiversity, evolution, conservation ecology, and entomology. His research has taken him from the desert southwest of the United States to the rainforest of South America, the New Zealand highlands, and the Galapagos Islands.

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  • Michele Hancock

    Vice President of College Culture for Inclusion; Director of the Administrator Preparation Program; Professor of Practice in Education

    Michele Hancock’s research interests focus on teacher leadership in urban settings and how teacher leaders collaborate to recognize and challenge deficit thinking.

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  • Ellen Hauser

    Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Professor Ellen Hauser teaches courses in political science and women’s and gender studies. Those courses focus on global poverty, women and politics, African transitions, women of Africa, and women’s and gender studies theory. 

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  • Katherine Hilson

    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice 

    Professor Hilson’s research interests meet at the intersection of race, gender, crime, class, and social movements. Specifically, she is interested in how the police, criminal justice systems, and mass incarceration work in concert to protect and reproduce social inequality. 

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  • Rebecca Hornung

    Chair, Social Work Department; Associate Professor of Social Work

    Professor Rebecca Hornung joined the Carthage faculty in Fall 2015, after working as a practicing social worker for 13 years and teaching in social work education since 2003.

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  • Erik Kulke

    Director, Education Abroad; Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Professor Erik Kulke teaches Spanish language, literature and civilization courses, as well as cultural awareness and Global Heritage classes. As the primary point of contact for study abroad, he works with Carthage students as they prepare for and participate in their international study experiences.

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  • Ryan Miller

    Director, H. F. Johnson Art Gallery; Assistant Professor of Art

    Ryan Peter Miller is a conceptual painter based out of Chicago, IL. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in drawing and painting, and a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in drawing and painting.

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  • Maribel Morales Martinez

    Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation; Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Maribel Morales Martinez joined the Carthage faculty in 2006 after teaching at the Kenosha Unified School District in the Transitional Bilingual Program for three years. At Carthage, she teaches courses in Spanish language, Spanish literature, and the introductory course for Women’s and Gender Studies; promotes multicultural awareness by participating in numerous international events; and is one of the ARISE Equity Coaches. 

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  • Isabel Rivero-Vila

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages

    Isabel Rivero-Vilá came to Carthage in 2004 after teaching Spanish at several institutions in Brittany and Normandy (Lycée de L’Elorn, Lycée Jean d’ Arc, Lycée Coat-Mez) and Colegio Delibes in Salamanca, Spain. She also taught French at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. At Carthage, she teaches courses in Spanish and French, serves as advisor to the International Friendship Society, and helps redesign the Modern Languages web pages.

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  • Jeffrey Seymour

    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

    Jeffrey Seymour earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the David L. Dodge Memorial Teaching Award, an honor given to the sociology graduate student who has most distinguished himself or herself in the teaching of undergraduates. His research interests include cultural sociology, social movements, sociology of religion, and social capital.

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  • David Steege

    Senior Associate Provost; Professor of English

    Senior Associate Provost David Steege has presented and published papers on British children’s literature and writing pedagogy. He teaches courses in American literature, Mark Twain, and literary genres, and serves as the faculty sponsor for the Carthage chapter of Alpha Chi, the National College Honor Scholarship Society and Director of J-Term.

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  • Aaron Trautwein

    Professor of Mathematics

    Aaron Trautwein specializes in knot theory, a subfield of topology, which is the area of mathematics that examines shape. At Carthage, he has taught a wide array of courses for the Mathematics Department and Western Heritage Program including applied contemporary mathematics, ethno-mathematics, Calculus I and II, multivariate calculus, geometry, linear and abstract algebra, topology, Western Heritage I and II, and an honors seminar on building and architecture.

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  • Jojin Van Winkle

    Director, Photography, Film, and New Media Program; Assistant Professor of Art

    Jojin Van Winkle is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and assistant professor of art, teaching foundations, and new media.

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  • 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 …