The mission of the Office of the Multicultural Student Affairs is to build a welcoming, accepting, and supportive environment across multiple dimensions of identity through education, programs, and services that promote diversity, social justice, and student success.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs strives to educate each member of the university community. Through understanding the individual responsibility they carry, Carolinians can create a community of acceptance for all individuals as well as nurture an atmosphere of inclusion and positive social change.
We do hereby proclaim:
The land which we occupy today is the traditional ancestral home of the Edisto Kusso-Natchez, Santee, Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Catawba, Lower Cherokee, Sumter Band of Cheraw, Santee, Beaver Creek, Chickasaw, Wassamasaw, Uchee, Westoe, Yemassee, Wimbee, Combahee, Sissipahaw, Ashepoo, Escamacu, Stono, Etiwan, Kiawah, Wando, Sewee, Winyah, Wateree, Eno, Shakori, Sugaree, Chicora, Waxhaw, and many other Indigenous peoples of South Carolina, past and present.
Without them, we would not have access to this gathering. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers, and we honor with gratitude the beings of the land and water, as well. We do not claim to be those who came first, for it was our brothers and sisters, the Four Legs, Winged, Swimming, and Standing Relatives who were the first inhabitants, and our first Ancestors. They were created first, to be our teachers and our guides. This calls us to commit to continuing in the ways of our ancestors, to remember how to be better relatives to the land we inhabit, as well as protectors of the water and air; all that is crucial to life.
South Carolina Indian Affairs Commission