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Black Faculty Caucus

Statement Regarding the Racist Vandalism at USC

January 18, 2018
The USC Black Faculty Caucus condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent defacement of public spaces on campus, including an African American Studies Program display, as first reported in the Daily Gamecock on January 16, 2018. This act of vandalism joins a lengthy list of similar incidents reported on college campuses (and even high schools) across the country in recent years. This kind of racist invective directly undermines our Carolinian Creed by using misinformation and gross stereotypes to sow discord. In response, we call on all members of the USC community to uphold the Creed by supporting Black students, faculty, and staff, and we call on our University’s leadership to continue to strengthen its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

About the Black Faculty Caucus

Established in April of 2014, the Black Faculty Caucus (BFC) of the University of South Carolina exists to promote a strong sense of community, professional welfare, development and advocacy for Black faculty and the issues that concern and affect them.

We strive to address quality of life issues specific to Black faculty and provide opportunities to improve the social wellbeing of faculty, both within and outside of the university community. We also facilitate the professional welfare and development of Black faculty members through mentoring, cooperative research and other programs that are focused on improving the rate of faculty who obtain tenure, are promoted and are otherwise retained as faculty members at the University of South Carolina.

For more information about the Black Faculty Caucus, please refer to our Bylaws [pdf] or contact Dr. David Crockett, BFC chairperson by emailing

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