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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to propel the College of Education’s pursuit of equity and justice as matters of academic and institutional excellence.


The College of Education at the University of South Carolina will become the home for a national resource center for diversity, equity and inclusion issues in education.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice throughout the College
  2. Facilitating the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse community of students
  3. Creating programs, practices, policies, and partnerships that address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  4. Supporting high-quality diversity research, teaching, outreach, and advocacy that advances social, civil, and educational rights


ODEI-related Committees and Working Groups


CoE Diversity Committee

The College of Education’s Diversity Committee provides leadership in the College’s efforts to improve student, staff and faculty recruitment, retention, support and mentoring, informed by regular self-study and through ongoing collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Diversity Committee is comprised of representatives from all four of the College’s academic departments, as well as the Staff Council. In addition, two CoE students serve on the committee.


CoE Internationalization Blueprint Development Team

The Internationalization Blueprint Development Team is charged with creating the blueprint for what will become the College of Education’s Office of Global Education, Collaboration, and Engagement.

The mission of the Office of Global Education, Collaboration, and Engagement is to increase, promote and enhance international/transnational engagement to strengthen capacity and improve educational outcomes through collaborative research, teaching and multidirectional service around the globe.


CoE Parent Advocacy Group

The College of Education’s Parent Advocacy Group's mission is to work collaboratively with University faculty, schools and community-based organizations to support families to successfully navigate their child’s educational experience.  Drawing upon the College’s collective assets and relationships to/with community stakeholders, the Parent Advocacy Group seeks to build stronger relationships with schools and community partners through the collaborative development of resources and supports that benefit all parents, but particularly those from traditionally marginalized communities.


Recruitment and Retention Programs

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is proud to house the College of Education’s signature student recruitment and retention programs:

  • Apple Core Initiative: Set to launch in August of 2018 with 6 students to become the 1st cohort, The Apple Core Initiative (ACI) seeks to recruit, enroll and retain high school South Carolina students from historically underrepresented populations, and who may also be 1st generation college attendees, into the teacher education programs at UofSC. ACI is driven by both theoretical and pedagogical perspectives grounded in culturally relevant/responsive teaching and cultural competency. ACI students will be supported in their efforts to gain a deep understanding of how to teach in culturally responsive ways to bolster their effectiveness with the diverse population of students they will teach in South Carolina.
  • AACTE Holmes Scholars Program: The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports students from historically underrepresented communities who are enrolled in doctoral or undergraduate programs in education. The students receive financial support for up to 3 years. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the College of Education will have six Holmes Scholars.

UofSC Diversity Events

Hip Hop Wednesday

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Location: RHUU Greene Street

Cost: FREE


Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Location: Russell House University Union 034 The Intersection Lounge

Cost: Free

Postponed: Black Study, Here and Now: Fred Moten in Conversation with Seulghee Lee

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: Free

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