Carthage has more than 120 student groups and organizations through which students can get involved, explore possible careers, meet other students, work closely with faculty advisors, and perform community service. The following organizations are popular with IPE students.
Enactus, open to all majors, is an international nonprofit organization that empowers businesses and people in the community to create a better, more sustainable world. Through Enactus, students take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real world problems. Projects may focus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, or environmental sustainability. Enactus encourages active hands-on learning, teamwork, leadership development, communication, enhancement, and educational growth. Every spring, an Enactus team competes at a regional competition, where the team presents its projects to a panel of business leaders and professionals. There are more than 200 partner companies who sponsor Enactus and provide networking opportunities for Enactus students.
Students who participate in the Mock Trial course at Carthage become members of the Carthage Mock Trial Team and represent Carthage in the annual American Mock Trial Association Tournament as attorneys, witnesses, and judges. This course is particularly relevant to any student interested in a career in law, criminal justice, politics or debate. In the course, students study all aspects of trial court procedure and the litigation process. Students develop an understanding of how both criminal and civil trials work and learn about the various roles played by the participants in the trial court process. Students act as witnesses, judges, prosecutors, plaintiff and defense attorneys. Students also work on such important skills as public speaking, critical thinking, negotiation, communication, debating and team building.
IPE majors are often interested in Model UN at Carthage, a student-run organization that seeks to introduce students to the global issues and the inner workings of the United Nations. Students participate in simulations of the Security Council, General Assembly, and Economic and Social Council. Participants travel to conferences and engage in negotiations and debates about global issues that are being discussed by world leaders today. The organization is for students interested in politics, economics, history, philosophy, geography, the natural sciences, the art of persuasion, or just learning more about other cultures. All majors are welcome.
Social Work Advocacy Group
SWAG aims to promote the general welfare of its members, the College and the local community through the use of the bio-psycho-social perspective of the generalist model being taught in the Social Work Department. Activities include fundraisers and service projects to support campus and community activities.
Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run, full-service consulting agency in the country. Members gain incredible experience and build a strong portfolio while providing marketing, branding, graphic design, web development, accounting, finance, product testing, and editing services for area businesses and nonprofits. Past clients have included Johnson Outdoors, Snap-on Inc., Kenosha County, Expanded Technologies, and the Urban League of Racine. The organization was created in 2009 to give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a meaningful way and gain real-life work experience before leaving college. Other colleges have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA is an IRS program that offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Students who want to volunteer for VITA must complete training and take a certification test. Students then spend a day or two gaining valuable knowledge in preparing tax returns as they perform an important community service.