Carthage offers organizations focused on diversity and equity that represent disadvantaged social identities like race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, and ability. To learn more about Carthage’s student organizations, visit The Harbor, Carthage’s online involvement platform. 

Students at a booth for the Black Student Union Black Student Union (BSU)

BSU provides leadership opportunities for its members, sponsors activities that furnish social and academic enrichment for black students, and works to strengthen the image of black students in the Carthage community. BSU aims to build respect and tolerance between all races and foster a unified bond between all students. The group is open to all interested students.

LGBTQ*SA Student Association

The LGBT Student Association is a student-run group that is focused on educational events, social gatherings, and advocacy surrounding LGBTQIA+ issues. Meetings are held every week and switch each week between social events and educational conversations. Events are also held each semester for the larger Carthage community to engage in education on the LGBTQIA+ Community.”

Queer Students of Color

Queer Students of Color or QSOC, is an organization that aims to create more safe spaces for Queer students of color to thrive and gain support. QSOC focuses on uniting students and educating others on the underrepresentation of Queer people at Carthage. 

Students in the organization Mi Gente walk in the Homecoming Parade. Mi Gente

Founded in 1999, Mi Gente educates club members about Hispanic culture: historical events, lifestyles, traditions, religions, and customs. The group discusses current events that affect Hispanics, promotes the Hispanic culture at Carthage and in the surrounding community, and provides a support system for club members. Mi Gente encourages members to perform voluntary community service to increase Hispanic families’ awareness of programs at Carthage while increasing the value that these families place on education. The group motivates and develops the self-esteem of its members through their involvement in the organization’s activities and advocates for the advancement of Hispanics in the United States.

United Women of Color (UWC)

United Women of Color provides leadership opportunities, hosts activities to enrich its members socially and academically, strengthens the image of minority women in the Carthage community, and works to build respect and tolerance between all students. Membership is open to all students.

Asian Pacific American Coalition of Carthage (APACC)

APACC is all about promoting, celebrating, and educating the Carthage and greater Kenosha communities about Asian and Pacific Islander culture. Meetings include activities, presentations, and events with an aim to help people learn more about culture in the Asian continent and feel more comfortable with different ways of life and perspectives.

Jewish Student union

The Carthage College Jewish Student Union (JSU), formerly the Jewish Awareness Association is a group of multiple denominations of Jewish students, allies, and students wanting to learn more about Judaism. We work closely with the Kenosha Jewish community, giving students access to practice their religion on campus. We hold social events around celebrations as well as soup socials to strengthen our campus community. We also bring awareness to Jewish traditions and history, holding public-facing events for the Carthage community. We hope to raise awareness about Judaism at Carthage, ensuring the campus is religiously tolerant and creating a culture of curiosity around religion. We do this through on-campus events, field trips off-campus, and social media (Instagram @carthagejsu). Allyship is also a crucial part of JSU, with Jewish allies being an important part of the push for equity in America throughout history. From the founding of the NAACP to King’s Civil rights movement, to the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, Jewish allies have been on the front lines of making America a better place. We take inspiration from Jewish Americans in our history, and proudly advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on campus. We hope you are interested in joining Carthage’s Jewish Student Union to learn more about Judaism and be a part of Carthage’s Jewish community. If you would like to learn more please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Youth Empowered in the Struggle 

YES was created in the spring of 2010 and is the student component of Voces de la Frontera. Voces is Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group - a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world. Our Workers’ Centers in Milwaukee and Racine support immigrant and low-wage workers through legal clinics, ‘Know Your Rights’ training, English classes, Citizenship classes, and more. Our campaigns on civil rights and social justice issues have mobilized thousands to take collective action - and our members have become leaders in community organizing.

Native American student association 

This club focuses on the inclusion and appreciation of Native peoples here at Carthage and all around the world. We went to shed light on the importance of indigenous students and members. We honor and strive to promote the land, history, and overall influence of Native Americans. We want the Indigenous students at Carthage to embrace their culture and support them to thrive in and out of the classroom.

Muslim society awareness/association 

The Muslim Society Awareness/Association’s purpose within Carthage College is to create an environment that is open to those who practice their faith on campus, in the community, and in the world. As well as students who want to learn more about the faith! This organization is both an Awareness and an Association. YOU get to choose what this club means to you! We are INCLUSIVE and everyone is always welcomed to join. MSA is not only about Islam and religion, we also want to have students stress free, create field trips, have gatherings, and coexist with others in harmony.

1G - First generation club 

The First Generation Club works to develop a sense of community and camaraderie between students who are first-generation college students navigating through college. You are a first gen student if your parents/guardians did not complete a 4-year/bachelor’s degree. This student-led organization supports students who are the first in their family to go to college along with any student who identifies with any aspect of that experience (DACA students, International Students, etc). All students, first generation or not, are welcome to be part of the organization. Together, we build community through regular meetings, mentoring, volunteer opportunities, listening sessions, social media, and much more. We hope to help students excel from their first year to life beyond Carthage!

Japanese Club 

Welcome to Japanese Club! Our goal is to learn more about Japanese culture and language through meetings, activities, and field trips. Japanese Club is open to everyone, not just those with a Japanese degree. Stop by our club meetings to learn about things like Japanese religion, lifestyles, festivals, anime/manga, and so much more! We meet every Friday in Lentz 229 from 5:00-6:00pm.

Learn more about these student organizations on The Harbor.