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College of Education

April 2023

Notes From the Team

Reporting Incidences of Hate
Unfortunately, incidences of hate are popping up at alarming rates (e.g., virtually, in person). USC does have a formal system for reporting incidences. Acts of hatred should be reported to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX.

Legislative Update
Please see the link to see the status of House Bill 3728, the "SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY IN EDUCATION ACT.” 

If you have not seen Meir Muller’s powerful Tik Tok, They Came for the Teachers First”, we suggest you check it out. We note that Dr. Muller is speaking as an individual citizen and not as a representative of USC. 

Resources for Affinity Groups

Thanks to Joan Harris for taking the lead on developing a list of local and campus resources for candidates for positions and new hires.  We will continue to update this list.  Send recommendations to Joan Harris undefined . The Affinity Resource List can be found on the ODEI Blackboard site.

Stay well!


AEN is pleased to be partnering with the Naomi Foundation to fund Fellowship and Summer Institute on Jewish Inclusion and Antisemitism in Educational Settingsbeing offered through the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD).  Open to teacher education faculty and administrators at schools of education, the Fellowship will feature a Summer Institute taking place in Washington, DC from June 11-14, 2023. The program will focus on how to recognize, study, and teach antisemitism and foster Jewish inclusion within university-based schools/colleges/departments of education and other educational settings.  Several AEN members will be featured among the speakers. This is an all-expenses-paid program and participants will receive a $4000 honorarium upon completion of the fellowship.  More information is available at the George Washington University website.


Month-Long Observances

  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month            


Other DEI Calendar Dates in April

  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 2 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • April 5 – Passover begins (Jewish)
  • April 7 – Good Friday (Christian)
  • April 14 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQ+)
  • April 9/10 – Easter (Christian)
  • April 13 – Passover ends
  • April 17 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  • April 18 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  • April 20 – Start of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  • April 21 – Eid-al-Fitr/End of Ramadan (Muslim)
  • April 22 – Earth Day     


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Join us for Centering Diaspora Symposium: The Path Forward Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for the final symposia focusing on Solidarity and Intersections Among Diaspora Literacies.

This event is part of efforts to engage COE faculty, staff, and students in deepening awareness and understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. Close - Hipp Lumpkin Auditorium, 8th floor

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Jewish Holiday of Passover, April 5-13

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. On Pesach each year, Jews around the world not only remember, but also retell the story of the exodus from Egypt. The story of the exodus is the archetypal model of redemption for the Jewish people. In Hebrew, the word for Egypt is “mitzrayim,” which means narrow straits or places of constriction. This journey to freedom involves the transformative process of moving from the narrow place out into the openness of the desert, the uncharted wilderness that is both uncertain and rich with possibilities. This journey to freedom is viewed as the universal human process of opening the heart. It calls for awareness of the truth of our experience.

Passover is the evening of April 5th through the 13th. On the first two days (4/6-7) and the last two days of Pesach (4/12-13), no work is permitted. During the middle four days, work is permitted.


Jewish families clean out their physical presence of “chametz,” leavened bread and anything from the major grains that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water. This removal of chametz commemorates the fact that the Jews left Egypt in a hurry and did not have time to let their bread rise.

The Pesach observance extends for eight days. On the first two nights of Pesach, a Seder meal is held with family. A liturgy found in the Haggadah is recited, and it is an obligation to recount this story on the first night of Passover. Foods are consumed to symbolize the story of the exodus.

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Recent Events

ODEI hosted Visiting Scholar Helen Adam, Ph.D., from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia, on March 13-22. Adam has been following Gloria Boutte’s scholarship since 2009.  In October, Boutte was a Visiting Scholar at Edith Cowan University.  The two have engaged in scholarship collaboration (one project includes  Julia Lopez-Robertson and Wenyu Guo (doctoral student in Language and Literacy).

While she was here, she met with Michelle Bryan, Cathy Compton-Lilly,  Toby Jenkins, Jamil Johnson, Susi Long, and Julia Lopez-Robertson.  She visited three elementary schools and gave three lectures.  She was awed by her visit to the Anne Frank Center and Columbia SC 63 walking tour.  You can follow her blog.


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