CofC Stands Together

The Counseling Center 



Department of History Diversity and Inclusion Statement (10/05/20)

 As members of the College of Charleston Department of History, we condemn the police violence against Black Americans and the unfair justice system behind it, which we recognize as deeply rooted in our nation’s past. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with those who have raised their voices and taken to the streets in protest. They have called on us all to live up to the values we claim to uphold. In that spirit, we also acknowledge that as a department we have often fallen short of upholding those values. In particular, we are reckoning with our own shortcomings in terms of striving for more meaningful inclusion of Black and other marginalized voices in our department and in our classes, and in terms of supporting and uplifting our Black colleagues and students. We commit to developing concrete plans for addressing our shortcomings, beginning with antiracism training for our faculty, and will publicly list our plans on our departmental website. The urgency of the moment calls for nothing less than action, and we pledge to hold ourselves accountable.


Richard Bodek

Cara Delay

Kristin Halvorson

Peter Piccione

Christophe Boucher

Zebulon Dingley

Tammy Ingram

W. Scott Poole

Lisa Covert

Adam Domby

Phyllis Jestice

Sandra Slater

Jason Coy

Rachel Donaldson

Elisa Jones

Hayden Smith

John Cropper

Shannon Eaves

John Lary

Jacob Steere-Williams

Heather Crosby

Irina Gigova

Rana Mikati

Robert Stockton

Robert Crout

Amy Gordanier

Beth Phillips

Betty Van Meer



Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan


  1. We commit to requiring antiracist training for all of our faculty
  2. We commit to mentoring students of color and encouraging them to apply for departmental scholarships and awards
  3. We commit to exploring the possibility of establishing a scholarship to support students from historically disadvantaged groups
  4. We commit to updating our course titles and descriptions to highlight spaces in our curriculum that focus on issues of race, racism, and inclusion
  5. We commit to a thorough review of our curriculum aimed at ensuring that issues of diversity and inclusion are central to our teaching efforts
  6. We commit to including an “inclusion statement” on our course syllabi, stating our commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment
  7. We commit to establishing a student advisory board that includes students of color so they can help lead the department on issues of diversity and inclusion
  8. We commit to planning events and talks that center on issues of race, racism, and inclusion, including annual programming that supports the campus’s activities related to Black History Month
  9. We commit to studying and implementing best practices in hiring to promote building a diverse faculty and staff


Department of Management & Marketing

The Department and Management and Marketing recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We also recognize that we need to make more of an effort to bring this issue into our classrooms. In our classes we teach the importance and value of diversity and inclusion, but we should and will make a more intentional effort to ensure that our materials, discussions, and speakers reflect these values. We are increasing our focus on diversity and inclusion in the strategic goals for our department. The action plans around this goal include curriculum changes, increased mentoring and extracurricular program offerings, individual class goals related to diversity and inclusion, and better reporting to measure our progress around these efforts.


 Gender and Sexuality Equity Center


Arts Management Program


Southern Studies Program (Click here to view the offical statement)

C of C’s Program in Southern Studies shares the outrage and sorrow that our community, nation, and world are now expressing in response to the murder of George Floyd and the systemic racism tragically highlighted by his death. We grieve with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and a host of other victims of racist violence. We stand with all who protest these murders and who demand change in policing and law enforcement practices.

Black citizens and Southern studies scholars know that these recent crimes, along with the militarized repression of some protests, are nothing new. Systemic racism was a defining principle in the creation of South Carolina. Thousands of captive Africans who survived the Middle Passage were sold in the city of Charleston. After the Confederacy failed in its goal of maintaining slavery, its leaders designed a postbellum South that required and revered white supremacy. Against this backdrop of trauma and violence, African-descended people created communities, families, social structures, and cultural traditions that now define the region.

None of the things we cherish about the South–our landscapes, our literature, our built environments, our music, our foodways, our religious traditions, our proud history of civil disobedience–would exist without Black labor, creativity, ingenuity—without Black lives.

Within our lifetimes, this city built by slave labor and this College founded to perpetuate a white male elite have made important progress, but we have far more work to do. We are not yet the just and equitable community and the inclusive College that our citizens deserve.

As scholars, teachers, and citizens, we commit ourselves to saying the names of those who have been lost in recent days. We also honor the lives and stories of the many thousands gone, the ancestors whose guidance we need to repair our region. We will seek out and tell the full stories of the South’s complex history. We will call out white supremacy in its many forms, visible and invisible, so that we may begin to dismantle structural racism. If we hope to create true community, we must listen to Black voices and fight for Black lives.

Julia Eichelberger

Director, Program in Southern Studies

Black Student Union 


School of the Arts

The College of Charleston School of the Arts stands in solidarity with Black communities and joins the call for equity and justice. As we share the heartbreak and outrage over the unjust killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless other Black citizens and the racism and intolerance behind them, the current pause in many of our operations gives us an opportunity to observe, listen, learn and improve.

The School of the Arts is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within the school and programming, and we stand with the College of Charleston overall in our efforts to learn more and do more.

As an educational and cultural organization, we believe that acknowledging and embracing differences in identity are essential to creating dynamic art, conversations, and experiences for our students and our audiences. Our student/faculty/alumni artists and arts administrators use their creative talents to express emotions and share important messaging, while also helping audiences examine subjects from different perspectives. We know the power of artistic expression and how the arts can educate, empower, heal and unify through conversations that reach beyond words. We encourage all artists and arts administrators to use their platforms to continue their expression and consciously advance underrepresented communities. We all have much work to do.

Residence Life (Click Here to view the Official Statement)

Residence Life staff, 

It’s hard to know what to say after the events of the last couple weeks. But, as a starting point, we affirm the statement sent from our campus leadership earlier in the week - we denounce racism and acknowledge the harm that it does to individuals and our community. Residence Life is a diverse community and we celebrate the perspectives and backgrounds of our students, student staff, and professional staff. As a College, and as a country, we have a lot of work to do. Below is the full statement from President Hsu and campus leadership. We hope that each of you will do what you need to stay well. We look forward to seeing you this fall and working with you to make our community stronger.

We aren’t physically together right now but we are always here for you if you need anything.

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts


Department of English


Click here to read Prof. Gary Jackson's poem "Forward and Back"

Center for Study of Slavery in Charleston

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Crime, Law and Society Program

We condemn the deplorable acts of racial violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others who would still be alive today if they had been born white.  Proper policing practices require that law enforcement build positive relationships with their community, respect civil liberties, and avoid tactics that encourage the use of excessive force against citizens.  The purpose of law enforcement and the justice system in a free society is to promote public safety and uphold the rule of law so that individual liberty may flourish. Unfortunately, law enforcement and justice system history often tells a story of heavy-handedness, silence, insulation, and both internal and external systemic prejudice. 

We insist that Black lives matter, and we stand with the protestors who send a strong and clear message that this injustice and these acts of racial violence will no longer be tolerated.  Statements and pledges are just empty words if they are not accompanied by sustained action.  Our Crime, Law, and Society Program will continue to educate our students--many of whom will work in law enforcement and the criminal and juvenile justice systems--on issues of race, ethnicity, institutional racism, implicit bias, explicit bias, and racial and ethnic inequality.  We will ensure that we are teaching our students the skills they need to lead and contribute to creating a more just and fair society and, specifically, a more just and fair criminal justice system. We advocate for the implementation of the Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion course requirement at the College of Charleston where all students would be required to take courses on race, ethnicity, and inequality.  Most importantly, we commit ourselves to listening to communities of color and our students of color so that we can develop courses, policies, practices, and plans of action that foster an inclusive campus and society free of racial violence, bias, and prejudice.

Sociology and Anthropology Department

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American Anthropology Association’s Anti-BIPOC Racism

American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ Statement on Race and Racism

American Sociological Association Condemns Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Society for the Study of Social Problems’ End Racism Statement

Multicultural Student Programs & Services and SPECTRA Program LEADers


Religious Studies

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