Critical Conversations and Inclusion at the College of Charleston

Many of us are looking for resources on how to create more inclusivity and belonging in our world. Investing in our own learning to communicate about topics of difference, confront bias, and create change helps each of us contribute to building a better university and community.

It's going to take all of us. 

To do our part to support you and our Cougar nation, the College of Charleston has launched Critical Conversations and expanded DiversityEDUAs a university, we have a responsibility to “advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion” and have outlined numerous paths to achieve this endeavor in our new Strategic PlanBuilding on ongoing efforts to address both historical and current issues, the College presents the following new initiatives  

Critical Conversations on Today's Most Vital Issues.

Facilitate deeper understandings about today’s most vital issues by hosting local and national experts and student-led dialogues to contextualize critical conversations, inside and outside our classrooms.

Join the Conversation

DiversityEDU. Online Learning for an Inclusive Campus.

Expand DiversityEDU to our entire campus - students, faculty, and staff. Host monthly conversations as an extension to online learning to deepen engagement and build empathy. 

Open DiversityEdu

Resources & Centers. For the Entire Community.

Build and publicly share a hub of resources, including the Avery Research Center; Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston; Race and Social Justice Initiative; Institutional Diversity; strategic recruitment and rentention; resources for teaching about race and equity; affinity groups and allyships; expertise on inclusion in the workplace; and more. 

Explore our Resources & Centers

Diversity and Inclusion Focused Curriculum. Year round.

Offer students a broad series of diversity focused general education courses, and work to build curriculum that explores the multiple facets of inclusion and equity.

View Courses & Programs

Share our Journey. Lead by Example.

Serve as leader in the community and share our progress publicly online. This is not a program, policy, or goal. We bring humanity into our conversations and focus on the power of differences and belonging.

Follow our Journey

Take Action. Together.

By joining a critical conversation; sharing this site with your professors, students, or friends; giving to a scholarship or center; or becoming a DiversityEDU graduate, you help us get one step closer to a more inclusive and equitable Cougar Nation

Take Action

 

Event Calendar

 

Inclusion at the College of Charleston
Text: WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY, SO LET'S TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT, KINDNESS AND LOVE. IN THE END, THAT IS HOW WE WILL LIVE UP TO OUR CORE VALUES AND HOW WE WILL ENSURE THAT WE, AS A CAMPUS COMMUNITY, ARE MODELING THE BEHAVIOR WE WANT TO SEE IN OUR GREATER SOCIETY.  -President Hsu, September 30, 2019

 

Critical Conversations and Inclusion at the College of Charleston is intended to be a collaborative effort with every unit on campus and every member of the Cougar Nation. We are here to help. Contact us anytime with questions about the College's Commitment, to propose an event, join a conversation, share a resource, or report an concern.

 

 

Upcoming Critical Conversations

CSSC

Race and the Legacies of Slavery at the College of Charleston

October 20 at 3:00 PM EST - Click here to join the conversation online

Join Dr. Benard Powers, Int. CEO International African American Museum, Director for the Center for Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC), CofC Professor Emeritus, and national expert on black history, and Dr. Julia Eichelberger, Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature, affiliate faculty member in African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, the director of the Southern Studies minor, and a member of the Executive Board for CSSC. The conversations begins at 3:00 PM. You many pre-register or join immediately at the time of the event at the link provided. 

Everyone is invited. This event is open to the entire campus community. 

The College Reads! Program Oct 22 at 7pm online event

Evening with Francisco Cantú, award winning author of The Line Becomes a Rivers: Dispatches from the Border

October 22, 7:00 PM  -  Click here for link to join Francisco Cantú Online 

The College Reads! presents an Evening with Francisco Cantú, an online public lecture. The Line Becomes a River will open a conversation about the ambiguous nature of borders. In particular, this book is a memoir of Cantú’s experience growing up around the border in the desert southwest, studying the border as an international relations major at American University, and his decision to join the Border Patrol (2008-2012) and later leave it--all in an attempt to better understand the dynamics of natural and unnatural borders. The committee believes this will allow students from a variety of experiences to join an important and timely conversation about borders, immigration, migration, and our shared humanity. 

Everyone is invited. This event is open to the entire campus community.