Advisory Board

advisory board members

The Advisory Board shall meet at least twice a year to assist with the planning and implementation of the 1967 Legacy Program. Members are expected to have an active role by:

  • selecting candidates during the 1967 Legacy Scholar Interview Day.
  • selecting 1967 Legacy Projects.
  • approving annual program budget.

A record of Advisory Board meetings and related activities are expected to be archived for future reference. The advisory board is chaired by a member of the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Meet the Advisory Board

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Valerie Frazier, Ph.D.


Valerie Frazier is an Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston, where she teaches African American, multicultural and American literatures. She has an established history of advocacy for  African American Studies and Ethnic American Studies at this institution. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and M.P.A. from the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina. Her research centers on contemporary African American, ethnic, and women’s literature.

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Charissa Owens, Ph.D.


Director of Diversity Education & Training

Tamara Butler

Tamara Butler, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Avery Research Center and Associate Dean of College Libraries

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Debbie Counts

Director of South Carolina Recruitment and Access Initiatives

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Chris Day, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of African Studies

Julie Eichelberger

Julie Eichelberger, Ph.D.

Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature and an executive board member of the Center for the Study of Slavery 

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Jerome Harris

President of the Charleston branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)


Rochelle Johnson

Vice Chair

Director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services

Tina MacDonald


Director of International Admissions

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Neysa Williams

Community Engagement Director, Air Force Civilian Service and President of the Black Alumni Council

 Note: A representative from the 1967 Legacy Program will be added after graduation in 2025.