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Faculty Facilitators

Ten members of the faculty were selected to serve as facilitators of the Welcome Table SC.

Dr. Alicia Anderson-Brown

Dr. Alicia Anderson-Brown

Alicia Anderson-Brown, Ph.D., is currently an adjunct instructor for USC’s College of Social Work in the bachelors and masters programs. With over 30 years’ experience in the human services and substance use disorder fields, Dr. Brown has promoted and embraced the diversity of individuals from different backgrounds since 1983. As a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and Certified Addictions Counselor II (CACII), Dr. Brown is committed to helping students and in-process counselors recognize the importance of cultural competency, multiculturalism and diversity for all human beings across multiple domains of the helping professions.Dr. Brown is a member of many national and local organizations dedicated to promoting and advocating for equality and social justice for all individuals. As a Fellow of the 2016 SC Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, Dr. Brown is committed to the development and creation of safe race-talk for all interested parties in the State of SC and abroad.

Dr. Nathaniel Bryan

Dr. Nathaniel Bryan

Nathaniel Bryan, Ed.D., Ph.D. is a clinical assistant professor of early childhood/elementary education at the University of South Carolina. His teaching and scholarship explores issues of equity and diversity, culturally relevant teaching, urban education, and Black education. He has published works in the Journal of Negro Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, Gifted Child Today, and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning. He also serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Negro Education and Journal of Teacher Education. Serving as a 2016 fellow in The South Carolina Collaborative on Racial Reconciliation helps him to extend his teaching and scholarship to communities in need of racial healing and healthy dialogues.

Dr. Dawn Campbell

Dr. Dawn Campbell

 Dawn Campbell serves as an adjunct professor for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the summer, evening and non-degree program at the University of South Carolina. She has been awarded several scholarships and fellowships through the College of Education for her dissertation research surrounding diversity and inclusion of Black/White biracial students in k-12 educational settings. Her additional research interest includes feminist theory – specifically, media representations of women across cultures which she integrates in her WGST teaching. Dawn became a Welcome Table SC facilitator in order to make a positive difference for race relations in SC communities. As a native of South Carolina, Dawn has witnessed and experienced the harsh effects racial discrimination and violence leave on both individual and collective lives. She believes Welcome Table SC initiatives will help to affect lasting, positive social change within SC communities. 

Dr. Florencia Cornet

Dr. Florencia Cornet

 Florencia V. Cornet holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with specialization in Comparative Black Gender Studies and Black Diaspora Studies from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She is a full-time faculty in the Opportunity Scholars Program and coordinator of the Opportunity Scholars’ Math, Intensive Writing, and Interactive Language Center, and the Opportunity Scholars’ Cultural Enrichment Component at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Cornet is also an affiliate faculty of African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Her areas of teaching and research specialization include Latin American, Caribbean and US Afro-Latino/a Cultures; Gender Studies in Global Perspective; and Studies in Global Blackness. Dr. Cornet’s primary teaching goal is to encourage ‘multicultural diversity and inclusion.’ Her coursework is structured around critical rhetorics of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, identity, technology, and social change. Dr. Cornet’s scholarly research incorporates relevant movement, urban, and Hip Hop literature, Latino/a young adult literature, performance writings, spoken word, and visual arts in her analysis of identity and cultural formations in global urban city locations. Dr. Cornet has published in Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies; Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International; and Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro Latin American Biography. She is currently working on two books: Transnational Spiritualities: Caribbean Diaspora and US Afro- Latina/o Performativities and Through the Eyes of Her Sister: Dutch Caribbean Genealogies and Visibility.

Dr. Thaddeus Davis

Mr. Thaddeus Davis

 Thaddeus Davis is the co-artistic director of Wideman/Davis Dance and associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at University of South Carolina. Through the lens of the African American Experience he questions notions of spaces and environments that affect the interaction of gender, class, race, technology and media’s ability to shape our perceptions. His research findings are exhibited in the creation of original dance works, films and essays. Davis has received multiple honors and grants for his work including: 2013 Map Fund Grant to support the research and development of Ruptured Silence: Racist Signs and Symbol, Jerome Robins New Essential Works Grant (2011), University of South Carolina Arts Institute, Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Reading/Dance Collaboration. Balance: Homelessness Project (2009), Canvas: The Master Class (2010), Cultural Envoy to Portugal, U.S. State Department.

Dr. Janet Hudson

Dr. Janet Hudson

 Janet G. Hudson, Ph.D., is two-time winner of the Stephen L. Dalton Distinguished Teacher Award, author of the prize-winning book, Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-era South Carolina, and faculty professional development facilitator with USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence. She coaches and supports faculty interested in active and experiential learning. As associate professor of history with USC, Extended University, Janet has extensive experience teaching American history, particularly how issues of race have shaped that history. Her current research project explores African American soldiers who served in World War I. She believes Welcome Table SC is an opportunity for engaging the USC community and the state of South Carolina in a potentially transformative experience for connection, racial healing and reconciliation.

Ms. Roshondra James

Ms. Rushondra James

Rushondra J. James is an adjunct instructor in the College of Social Work and teaches courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She’s currently course lead for the Introduction to Social Work course. Her research interests include the cycle of poverty, homelessness, its impact on secondary and post-secondary education, and overall quality of life. She became a Welcome Table SC Facilitator because she believes that in an evolving, global society, citizens have a responsibility to learn more about other cultures and find value in their experiences, not just tolerate differences. Diversity is only as powerful as the inclusion that comes with it. From her work as a social work practitioner, she knows the initial step is to acknowledge that differences exist and believes the welcome table is just the place to begin. There is transformative power in dialogue. A native of Orangeburg, SC, Rushondra graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., completed her Master of Social Work degree here at the University of South Carolina and is currently a Ph.D. student in the College of Education.

Dr. Meir Muller

Dr. Meir Muller

 Meir Muller has earned rabbinical ordination as well as a doctorate in the area of early childhood education. Dr. Muller serves as a clinical associate professor in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. In 2013, Dr. Muller was awarded the Early Career Teaching Award by the College of Education. Dr. Muller is also in his 25th year as principal of the Cutler Jewish Day School, a NAEYC accredited school for children birth through fifth grade. Dr. Muller has lectured across America and delivered a paper in Israel for the International Research Group on Jewish Education in the Early Years. His research interests include constructivist theory, equity pedagogy, and pre-service teacher education. Dr. Muller became a Welcome Table SC facilitator to help people recognize and honor differences, to be keenly aware of racial dynamics on a personal and societal level, cultivate allies in the work, and to be courageous in raising issues of equity and countering subtle and overt issues of racism.

Dr. David Snyder

Dr. David Snyder

Dr. David Snyder is faculty principal of the Carolina International House (Maxcy College) at the University of South Carolina. A specialist in modern American and U.S. diplomatic history, Dr. Snyder has published in the leading journals and anthologies in his field. His 2013 collection, Rebellion in Black and White (co-edited with Robby Cohen), which examines southern student activism across the racial divide in the American south, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Snyder’s teaching and mentorship of students have won repeated recognition, including USC Housing’s “Commitment to Inclusiveness Award” in 2015. Dr. Snyder believes that long overdue conversations about race, prejudice, and difference require the same level of honesty, transparency, and risk-taking that are evident in the successful classroom. He approaches America’s ongoing racial dilemma not as the product of personal bigotries, per se, but rather as the result of American culture’s longstanding disregard for history and often willful misrepresentation of the past. Racial healing, therefore, requires remembering that which we would often prefer to forget. He is committed to the Welcome Table as a powerful forum for this necessary and difficult remembering.

Dr. Gretchen Woetendyke

Dr. Gretchen Woetendyke

Gretchen J. Woertendyke is an associate professor of English and Affiliate Faculty of African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. In 2015, she was appointed a Peter and Bonnie McCausland Faculty Fellow of English Language and Literature. Her teaching and scholarship both focus on the ways in which the economic, political, and social ramifications of Atlantic world plantation slavery, the Haitian Revolution, and Cuban annexation shaped nineteenth-century US literature and culture. Her book, Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre (2016), was published by Oxford University Press and she has several published articles on slavery, Haiti, and the novel. Her awards include an American Council of Learned Society Fellowship (ACLS), a Joseph Abney Fellowship for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies (USC), a Mayers Fellowship from the Huntington Library, and a Provost Humanities Research Grant from the University of South Carolina. In 2015-2016 she was recognized by the English Department for Distinguished Teaching of Undergraduate Studies. She has served as the Book Review Editor for Clio, A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History since 2014. Her scholarship, teaching and service are all committed to making social, political, and economic inequities visible, especially around issues of race. The Welcome Table and South Carolina Collaborative on Racial Reconciliation is a vital resource for making this visibility – and potential change – possible across the university and communities throughout South Carolina.

Dr. Ed Madden

Dr. Ed Madden (Steering Committee Member)

Ed Madden is a professor of english and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Tiresian Poetics, a study of modernist literature, as well as numerous articles tied to his current research focus on gender, sexuality, and ethnic identity in Irish culture, including studies of gay rugby, rural bachelor culture, and queer migrants. In 2010 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Also the author of four books of poetry, Madden was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Columbia in 2015. In 2016, he received the USC Honors College Michael Hill Award for Outstanding Teaching and the USC Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Faculty Service. A longtime community and media activist as well as poet and scholar, Madden received a Legacy Award from the Human Rights Campaign of the Carolinas for his work to improve the lives and visibility of LGBT people in the region. His creative and activist work has often focused on issues of empathy, difference, and community, and he hopes to continue to think about and work on these issues through the University’s initiatives for racial reconciliation.

Dr. Todd Shaw

Dr. Todd Shaw (Steering Committee Member)

Todd C. Shaw is the College of Arts and Sciences distinguished associate professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina and is also the interim chair of the Department of Political Science. He has been at USC since 2003. He researches and teaches in the areas of African American politics, U.S. racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, public policy, as well as grassroots participation. He received his BA degree in political science from Howard University in 1987 and his Master’s and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan by 1996. He is the author of the 2009 book Now Is the Time! Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism. It is with Duke University Press and won the National Conference of Black Political Scientists W.E.B. DuBois Outstanding Book Award in 2010. He is the Principal Investigator of an on-going 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) EAGER Grant in which he is leading a multi-university research team investigating black neighborhood attachment and political participation in the city of Atlanta, GA. He is also the lead author on the co-authored CQ Press book, Uneven Roads: An Introduction to U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics. He has published several scholarly articles including works in the Journal of Politics and the Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science. He has extensive community service and is currently the President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).