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May 2023

Notes From the Team


I hope you had an outstanding semester.  Many of you will have time for regeneration during the summer. Hopefully, you will pause and refresh as needed.  May is Mental Health Month so take time to care for yourself.  Here is a short video about Mental Health Awareness.

SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Month 2023 [video]


Enjoy this video also:  The Missing Ingredient in Self Care | Portia Jackson-Preston | TEDxCrenshaw .  She shares six tips for self care: 1) physical; 2) psychological; 3) emotional; 4) spiritual; 5) relational; and 6) professional.

Watch the video here


Other Month-long observances:

  •       ALS Awareness Month
  •       Haitian Heritage Month
  •       Indian Heritage Month
  •       Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •       Mental Health Awareness Month
  •       National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •       Older Americans Month
  •       South Asian American Heritage Month


 Other DE&I calendar dates:

  •       May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  •       May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  •       May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  •       May 22 – Victoria Day (Canada)
  •       May 23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •       May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •       May 29 – Memorial Day


Stay well.


The Apple Core Initiative has graduated its second full cohort of prospective teachers. All 11 ACI fellows have accepted professional positions in education. Nine of them will be entering the classroom as elementary school teachers; the remaining members will be pursuing advanced professional degrees.

  • Shekendra Allen- Greenville County School District (Middle School)
  • Hydeia Brown- M.A.T Program (Math Concentration)
  • Alleyah Cuttino- Richland School District 1 (Elementary School)
  • Kaitlyn Jackson- Location Yet to be determined (Elementary School)
  • Elizabeth Jordan- Mission trip (Gap Year)
  • Jordan Parnell- Location Yet  to be determined (High School)
  • Brianna Simmons- Richland 2 School District (Elementary)
  • Jordan Thompson- USC Law School
  • Laura Toscano - Berkeley County School District (Elementary)
  • Julia Upton- Brown University Urban education policy (Graduate)
  • Bayleigh White- Lexington/Richland 5 School District (Elementary)

The Apple CORE has now graduated 21 fellows to date who have impacted the classrooms across South Carolina.



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Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, May 25-27

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that takes place in late spring. In 2023, Shavuot begins at sunset on Thursday, May 25, and ends at sundown on Saturday, May 27. Shavuot commemorates the Biblical story of Revelations on Mount Sinai in which Moses receives the Ten Commandments from God. Services are held at synagogues. Jewish students or employees observing Shavuot may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments to observe. 

banner for the exhibit "Experiences in Equity and Agency: Disability in Higher Education"

Experiences in Equity and Agency: Disability in Higher Education, March 16-July 16th

The exhibit, “Experiences in Equity and Agency: Disability in Higher Education” will be open March 16-July 16th and is co-curated by Chelsea VanHorn Stinnett, Ph.D. and Rebecca Smith Hill, MSW along with an undergraduate student research team.

The exhibit is a culmination of 2 separate but tangential photovoice projects that took place in Fall 2022, highlighting the experiences of students with disabilities on USC's campus.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.