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    We all have a different story.

    I am the College of Arts and Sciences celebrates diversity by sharing those stories.

I am the College of Arts and Sciences

We are a collaborative community of individuals from all walks of life. We asked two dozen students and faculty members to share the stories that make them unique and why they value diversity. This video series shares their stories.

What makes us diverse?

Each person in the College of Arts and Sciences brings a unique perspective or life experience. As our life stories intersect in the classroom and elsewhere on campus, we learn from each other.

Our video series I am the College of Arts and Sciences highlights some of the diversity within the college. As you watch or listen, think about what makes you unique.

Nicole White

When a South Carolina graduate became her mentor, Nicole saw how she could use psychology to help other people improve their lives. She followed in her mentor's footsteps. At UofSC, she found community not only in her doctoral program, but also in the Black Graduate Student Association.

Luke Rankin Video

Luke Rankin

At one time, Luke thought UofSC would be too close to home. But when he stepped foot on the horseshoe, he fell in love with campus for himself. He joined student government and became president. He had three internships. And he was able to learn from a diverse group of friends who gave him a new perspective.

Shayn Green Video

Shayn Green

 Shayn focused on studio art in high school, but in college she discovered UofSC's media arts major, which allowed her to expand her skillset with a focus on illustration and animation. She says McMaster College, home to the School of Visual Art and Design, was a welcoming place where creative students thrive together.

 

The #IamCAS team

 This project is more than two years in the making. We thank the following individuals for their roles.

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

2018-2019 co-chair, Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.

Trenton Agrelius is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences pursing a degree in Evolutionary Ecology, having previously received his MSc from the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). His work focuses on exploring molecular mechanisms that influence gene expression in offspring via maternal effects using the crustacean Daphnia as a model system, work which was awarded a 2019 SPARC grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research, UofSC. He is passionate about creating an inclusive environment across the University and within his classroom, has worked with HBCUs as an adjunct faculty member, and continues to work at creating this inclusive atmosphere within the Department of Biological Sciences. He served as Co-Chair of the Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee of the CAS Diversity committee (2018-2019) and was one of the creative minds behind this project, inspired by the outstanding talents, backgrounds, and personalities that he has had the privilege to encounter during his time within the CAS.

Meet Trenton.

2018-2019 co-chair, Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.

Rachel Shomaker is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences and is pursuing her degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research examines the diversity and plasticity by which aquatic unicellular eukaryotes acquire and make use of different types of resources, and she received a 2018 SPARC grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research at UofSC for this work. Rachel’s greatest passion lies in her classroom and with her teaching, and she is constantly working to create the most inclusive, supportive, and engaging environment for her students to learn and grow in. She was an active participate in the design of the “I am CAS” project and served as the Co-Chair of the Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee of the CAS Diversity committee for the 2019-2022 academic year. When she is not thinking about microorganisms and working on expanding her teaching repertoire, she can likely be found collecting houseplants, writing poetry, and snuggling with her two sweet feline companions, Mika and Holo.

Meet Rachel.

2019-2020 co-chair, Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee

2019-2020 co-chair, Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement subcommittee
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee

Matthew Greenwold graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2006 with a BS in Biological Sciences and 2011 with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. His research interests vary from the evolution of bird feathers to the evolution of photosynthesis in algae. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler in the Biology Department.

Project Consultant

Sherard “Shekeese” Duvall is a film and messaging professional from Columbia, South Carolina. He specializes in visual storytelling, film education, media strategy, diversity consulting and is an advocate of Hip-Hop culture. He is an accomplished editor, director, and producer for commercial and documentary projects for VH1, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Justice 360 and many more. His unique skill set has been gained from a wide variety of directorial, managerial and technical skills in marketing, strategic planning, market research, project development, finance and operations. A 2001 University of South Carolina (Media Arts) graduate, he is currently owner and executive producer at  OTR Media Group.

Thulani Makena is a 2019 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He studied Media Arts with a focus on Animation and Printmaking. Thulani worked on the production, graphic design, and post-production teams on the IAMCAS project. He would like to create media for LGBTQIAP+ and Brown/POC children and is currently working as an independent freelancer in comics and animation.

Autumn Smith is a 2019 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She majored in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a minor in Media Arts. Autumn worked as this projects photographer and video editor. She is currently working as the Communications Strategist at The South Carolina Education Association and looks forward to developing her career as a photographer and content creator!

Shayn Green is a 2019 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She studied Media Arts with a focus in animation and Studio Art with a focus in illustration. She worked on the production, post-production, and graphic design teams of the IAMCAS project. She would like to illustrate children's literature along with continuing to publish books of her own. She is currently working on her second self-published poetry book.

Timellia Johnson is a 2019 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She studied media arts with a focus in graphic design. Timellia worked with the team on the production and the graphic design of the IAMCAS project. She plans to further study media and production along with a newfound interest in marketing.

Nakil Tolliver is a senior at the University of South Carolina. He is currently a Media Arts major. Nakil worked on the production, and graphic design teams on the IAMCAS project. He would like to further study and reflect the relationship between new media and local community.

Jordan Mullen is a 2019 graduate of media arts from the University of South Carolina. She does a range of media work, mainly focusing on animation and cinematography. She worked on the animation, motion graphics, text, and cinematography, as well as filling in where necessary on the IAMCAS project.

 

Final post-production editing and rollout
Director of Communications, College of Arts and Sciences


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