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Equity and Inclusion

Supporting Undocumented Students

“We are all Carthaginians. The welfare of each of us must be the concern of all of us.”

— President John Swallow, Statement on DACA

Carthage College is committed to supporting undocumented students and the unique challenges they may face. Institutional values articulate that Carthage celebrates the rich diversity of life, and strives to provide equitable opportunities to grow as individuals and as a community. Driven by its mission, the College invites students from all backgrounds to seek truth, build strength, and inspire service together, regardless of their immigration status. In order to promote equity in education and support an inclusive environment for undocumented students, the institution has committed to the following:

  • Carthage College does not take legal status into consideration for admission decisions
  • Carthage College provides confidential counseling services to all students free of charge
  • Carthage College will not, unless compelled by law, release privileged information about any student, and maintains the privacy of all students as outlined in the The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Carthage College provides compassionate financial aid counseling, and connects students to appropriate resources whenever possible to maximize affordability. Including those who may not be eligible for financial aid.

Here to Help

Undocumented students, or those who know of undocumented students seeking support, have both on-campus and off-campus resources available. In addition to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, there are also several other options for individuals to turn to in a time of need. Many individuals on campus have been certified as equity warriors (designated with the symbol on this page).  Equity warriors will be familiar with some of the special challenges confronting students from families whose immigration status is not secure.  Campus resources whose confidentiality is protected by law include the pastor, counseling services, and the campus nurse.

Who to contact

Michele Hancock
Professor of Practice in Education
Office: Lentz Hall 330
Email  |  262-551-6113

Kara Baylor
Campus Pastor
Office: A. F. Siebert Chapel
Email | 262-551-5812

Melissa Burwell
Director of the Center for Student Success
Office: Todd Wehr Center 111
Email | 262-551-6028

Financial Resources 

Although undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid, Carthage College does provide compassionate and knowledgeable financial counseling, connecting students with funding where ever possible. While not exhaustive, the list below provides links to outside resources. Students also have internal resources including institutional scholarships and advice from the Office of Student Financial Services.

Social Resources

It is important for all students to feel welcome and connected to the campus. In addition to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, there are several ways for students to become involved. These campus events present a variety of opportunities to learn more about what makes the Carthage community unique and to tell their story.

Community Resources

Catholic Charities — Services for Immigrants
731 W. Washington Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-643-5870 Ext. 4418
Visit their website
Bilingual Immigration attorneys that help with family base immigration cases such as: Citizenship, Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of removal, U Visa, etc.

Legal Aid Society
521 N. 8th Street
Milwaukee, WI
Visit their website
Helps with welfare/social security/unemployment, civil rights, consumer, and housing problems. Walk-in
hours are Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.

  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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