Eddie Ganaway Diversity Learning Center

DERC's Year In Review

Over the past year we added over a dozen plants to the space, reached out to students to share their art on nature, had a paint and plant event, and ran the Office of Sustainability's hydroponics system. We are grateful to the donations we received of mugs and pots to provide tea to the students and increase our number of plants in the space. We are excited for the increase in students who have come to DERC to study and are looking forward to how it is utilized in the future. 

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Biophilic Design

Biophilic design stemmed from psychologists who hypothesized that humans have an innate need to connect to nature. They hypothesized that a greater connection to nature would result in a greater love for life and improved psychological and physiological well-being. As the idea has grown and been embraced, especially in the field of architecture, researchers have been able to support the hypothesis: finding that incorporating nature and natural elements in design does have a positive impact on well-being. It also serves a dual purpose of promoting sustainability as we work toward creating a more eco-friendly world.

Named after the first African American graduate of College of Charleston the Eddie Ganaway Diversity Education and Resource Center will be the location of a biophilic design makeover. The hope is that by creating a safe place that nurtures life in the form of nature we will also be able to create a space that empowers the students at CofC, fosters dialogue around diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity, develops meaningful relationships, and promotes positive self-care.

To learn more about biophilic design check out this website

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