There are more than 130 active student clubs and organizations at Carthage, and they all provide great ways for students to form friendships, get involved in issues they’re passionate about, or simply have fun. And new orgs are created every semester!
Here’s a look at just a few of students’ favorite clubs on campus!
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union is a diversity, equity, and inclusion organization committed to empowering and uplifting the voices and experiences of Black students on campus. The club focuses on building community and releasing stress through fun events and by championing new cultural experiences.
“My favorite Carthage memories have to be my trips with the Black Student Union — the 75 Years of Black Excellence Gala and the skating party we had with Parkside.” — Kiannah Hayes ’25
Blitz Ultimate Frisbee Club
Were you a high school athlete who didn’t continue competing in college? Maybe you’ve never played a sport before, and you’re looking to expand your horizons! Ultimate Frisbee is a growing international sport with a dedicated community and plenty of room to become the above-average athlete you know you can be. Blitz is a co-ed club for the USA Ultimate organization, and competition is held up to a national level depending on how far you’re willing to take it. Whether you’re looking for a way to stay active, looking for competition, or just looking for a new hobby, joining Blitz is the way to do it all!
“I decided to join the Ultimate Frisbee Club here on campus. It is something I have never done before and I wanted to try it out. My biggest surprise was how much I loved it! I have the best teammates and have made great friends because of joining. I am able to stay active and have so much fun while doing it.” — Rosie Ehle ’24
Carthage Activities Board
Carthage Activities Board (CAB) is one of the largest student organizations on campus. CAB selects, plans, promotes, and produces fun and entertaining campus events every week! CAB is one of the best ways to get involved at Carthage. When you join CAB, you will get to decide on what events are brought to campus, and you get to then be a part of all of the planning and hosting of each event too. And let us not forget about all of the friendships made along the way.
“I love CAB because it has given me opportunities I would have never gotten, such as seeing my first live Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” in pit seats for only $10! Also, I saw the Milwaukee Admirals game and a Scotty McCreery concert on ice; the night also included a reserved food table just for Carthage. CAB has also helped me improve my planning, leadership, and time management skills.” — Kelly Sibert ’25
Carthage Book Club
Do you love to read? Do you wish you had more bookish friends? Do you ever read a book and wish for nothing more than to talk about that book with someone else who’s read it? The Carthage Book Club is for you! We read books that you vote for, so come and propose a book idea! The club is for anyone and everyone who wants to share their love of reading with someone else on campus.
“I have always loved reading, and Book Club gives me a community of people to talk to about what I am reading. It also pushes me to read for fun, which is nice because it can be hard to find time to do that with classes and homework.” — Emily Van Dixhorn ’26
Carthage Horticulture Club
Give it a chance, grow some plants! Join the Carthage Horticulture Club to learn more about all kinds of plants, workshops, field trips, trading, fundraising, and so much more! Enjoy a welcoming environment with fellow plant lovers.
“I had the opportunity to take over the Horticulture Club and got to work in the campus greenhouse, growing things and planning meetings. I absolutely love this club so much — the people are so amazing and fun. All the plant people on campus have my heart.” — MaryHelen Prince ’24
First Generation Club (1G)
The mission of the First Generation Club is to develop a sense of community and camaraderie between first-generation college students navigating college life. It is a student-led organization dedicated to helping not only students who are the first in their families to go to college, but also undocumented students, DACA students, international students, and all people who identify with any aspect of the first-generation experience.
“In First Gen, we help incoming first-generation students navigate campus and provide them with resources to help them build their social and academic network.” — Juan Gomez-Solis ’25
Martial Arts Club
Martial Arts Club focuses on introducing and appreciating martial arts such as taekwondo, aikido, tai chi, and more. We are student-run and teach and learn to the best of our ability. This club primarily focuses on self-defense, technique, and having fun! It’s a nice way to get a different type of workout while relieving stress.
“My roommate and I decided to go to the first Martial Arts Club meeting in the fall, and now we enjoy practicing taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, and tai chi with other students.” — Serena Richardson ’24
For students looking to break out of their comfort zones or interested in the improv side of comedy, the Merely Players is the group for you! Auditions are at the start of every semester and practices focus on building performance, comedy, and improvisational skills.
“Merely Players is an improv group that meets three times a week. It’s so much fun to play games and perform to make people laugh.” — Jessie Skonesey ’26
Mi Gente aims to educate club members about Hispanic culture: historical events, lifestyles, traditions, religions, and customs. Knowledge of the language is not necessary. The group welcomes everyone in discussions of current events that affect Hispanics, promoting the Hispanic culture at Carthage and in the surrounding community, and providing 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.
“Mi Gente holds an extraordinary place in my heart, and I am so glad I joined this organization. I can meet with other Hispanic/Latino students on campus who relate with me on every level. I also appreciate that we help our members with scholarship opportunities. Being part of the Latino community on campus motivates me to be better not only for myself, but for the organization as well.” — Jose Antiono Lule ’26
Velocity Consulting is a full-service marketing agency run entirely by Carthage students. 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.
“Velocity has given me real applicable work experience. If you want to understand real problems that occur in the business world, I recommend Velocity.” — Driedyn O’schay Hernandez ’26
There are so many student organizations at Carthage. Explore all our clubs by visiting The Harbor.