Greetings from the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
To all our visitors to this online “branch office” of the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Welcome! Our goal is to make your visit as productive and enlightening as possible. We hope that you will find this site to be helpful in your search. Some might ask: Why does diversity matter at The College of Charleston? Diversity matters a great deal to the College of Charleston for several critical reasons:
- First and foremost, although we realize that Diversity may be a difficult and an unpopular course to pursue, we strongly believe that it is the right and just path to follow. In other words, it is the right thing to do, and we are happy to embrace and foster it, and to take advantage of its many benefits.
- Second, at the College of Charleston, we believe that Diversity is more than just “human differences;”Diversity is our strength and the bond that unites us together as a campus community.
- Third, we believe that Diversity is essential to achieving inclusive academic and institutional excellence.
- Fourth, like most chief executive officers in higher education and in the business world, as well as numerous educational and other professional associations, we, as an institution, strongly believe that Diversity is essential to the continuing growth, success, and the future survival of our communities, region, and our nation.
- Lastly, we believe that Diversity is central to our mission of educating students for life in today’s “Global Village” of interdependent cultures and economies. Graduating responsible “global citizens,” who can function productively, effectively, and successfully anywhere in the world, is one of our priorities as an academic institution.
While we realize that the road to Inclusive Excellence is difficult and will require commitment and hard work, nevertheless, we believe that it is achievable—with strong commitment, determination, and the right institutional strategies.
Thank you for your interest in diversity efforts at the College of Charleston.