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Equity and Inclusion

LGBTQ+ Resources

Carthage aspires to be a fully inclusive community, welcoming students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds, experiences, and identities. President Swallow affirms this welcome and support in particular for those on our campus who are LGBTQ+. From the Dean of Students to the Director of Human Resources, from the Campus Pastor to the Title IX Coordinator, Carthage stands ready to offer support and assistance to LGBTQ+ members of our campus community.

Carthage offers a variety of resources to help students on campus who identify as LGBTQ+.

How do I report discrimination?

Carthage does not tolerate discrimination and is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. If you believe you have been subject to discrimination, there are people who can help:

Submit a bias incident report (Carthage log-in required)

*You may also report discrimination through the Campus Conduct Hotline.

How do I report sexual assault or misconduct?

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, there is help available.
Please see this list of resources

How do I make a housing request?

Contact the Dean of Students for housing accommodation requests. For on campus housing accommodations needed immediately, please contact the Office of Public Safety. For an off campus option, Women and Children’s Horizons of Kenosha also offers emergency shelter and transitional living.
Contact the Dean of Students.
Contact the Office of Public Safety
Contact Women and Children’s Horizons.

Can I change my picture so it more accurately represents my physical appearance?

Carthage offers a way to do this within the eLearning system.
Learn more about making this change.  

How do I change my email to reflect my preferred name?

There are two options for changing your email to match your preferred name. The first is to keep your current Carthage email account and set Gmail to display your preferred name. The second is to have the library create an email alias (e.g.
Learn more about the steps you can take to make either of these changes

Can I change my preferred name in Schoology?

Yes, preferred names can be updated in Schoology.
Learn more about changing your preferred name in Schoology.

What are Carthage’s and the NCAA’s guidelines for being a transgender student athlete?

Carthage welcomes transgender student athletes to our teams. If you are a transgender student athlete, you can view Carthage’s transgender student athlete policy. In order to ensure compliance with NCAA regulations, transgender student athletes must also complete the transgender student athlete participation request form prior to athletic participation to be kept on record with the athletics department. 
View the transgender student athlete policy.
View the transgender student athlete participation request form.
Learn more about the NCAA’s resources for LGBTQ+ athletes
See the NCAA’s transgender student athlete policy.

How can I easily identify faculty and staff who are allies?

Many Carthage faculty and staff are SafeZone trained, meaning that they have received specific training and are open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and identities. These Carthage faculty and staff often display SafeZone stickers on their office windows. Many individuals on campus are also certified as Equity Warriors, who are available for students to turn to in a time of need. The Equity Warrior Shield is displayed on office doors and laptops for students to easily identify the faculty and/or staff who participated in professional learning experiences to deepen their cross-cultural understandings.
Learn more about SafeZone
See a list of supportive faculty and staff members.

Does Carthage offer domestic partner benefits?

Yes. Please contact Human Resources for a full list of current benefits.
Please contact Human Resources

How can I register a legal name change with the College?

To register a legal name change, contact the Office of the Registrar with either a driver’s license, state ID, or passport with updated information. Alumni can update their contact information by either emailing the Office of Alumni Relations or by visiting the alumni resources page. 
Contact the Office of the Registrar.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations.
Visit the Alumni resources page.

What types of bathroom accommodations are available at Carthage?

Carthage offers some single use bathrooms throughout campus. For individual facilities, questions, please contact the Director of Building and Grounds.
See a list of single-use bathrooms on campus
Contact the Director of Buildings and Grounds

What campus organizations emphasize diversity?

Carthage offers a variety of organizations that promote diversity.
Please see this list of campus organizations

*For more information about this, please contact the Office of Student Involvement.

What are some local community resources?

*Women and Children’s Horizons has an LGBTQ+ specific advocate, and all advocates are trained via SafeZone.

What are some national resources?

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