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College of Education

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.

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


Student Engagement Activities and Programs

  • College of Education Student Ambassador Program: The Student Ambassador program consists of 10 students who are selected for a 1-year term as an ambassador for the College serving in a variety of capacities at College-sponsored events, programs and activities.
  • Let’s Chat Over Lunch: Let’s Chat with the Dean luncheons provide an opportunity for CoE students to meet our Dean and share their experiences in the College’s programs. Up to 10 students are randomly selected and invited to participate in the luncheon as often as each month.
  • Leadership Week: This is an initiative from the Office of the Provost to promote student leadership across the University during which special activities and events are designed for CoE students. Example activities include Study Abroad info sessions, Tailgate Tuesday, Donuts with the Dean, and a forum on how to get involved with student organization in the College.
  • Technical Workshops: Technical workshops provide students with an opportunity to develop or practice a skill set that will be critical to their success as students or as future education professionals. Topics for the workshops come from suggestions offered by the CoE Student Advisory Board.


Student Diversity and Inclusion Education

  • CoE Student Advisory Committee: The Student Advisory Committee is comprised of students from all programs within the CoE. Each month, 15 students join the Dean and the Director of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement to discuss student issues, concerns and needs.
  • 3D (Dialogues on Diversity over Dinner) Network: The 3D Network is a series of forums designed to provide space for students to engage in dialogue around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. These forums occur monthly that are open to the University and community.


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 USC. 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.

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