The College of Arts and Sciences Collaborative on Race
The College of Arts and Sciences Collaborative on Race was founded 2015, in the wake
of the massacre at Mother Emanuel in Charleston in order to begin to address South
Carolina’s deep history of racism and inequality.
Our mission is to foster courageous conversations that are people focused to build a systemic
response to injustice. Our vision is to encourage real and lasting change that can come from honest communication and
to build bridges between sectors.
We function under three tiers: education, facilitation, and connection. Our premiere
program, The Welcome Table, is a time-tested process that bridges divides in communities
by encouraging lasting bonds through trust building activities and a common understanding
of historic inequities.
The annual Equity Summit brings together parties from numerous sectors including
education, law enforcement, health, nonprofits and community organizers to discuss
strategies for increasing equity.
The mission of the South Carolina Youth Collective (SCYC) is to inspire young people
to be active participants in developing an equitable world and encourage them to share
their knowledge and strengths with us. The SCYC is partially a year-round book club
and partially a summer residential fellows’ program. The Summer Fellows learn about
civil rights history and what it means to be an activist, then complete a justice
project in their communities.
We also partner with more than two dozen organizations and are active members in collectives
such as the North Columbia Youth Empowerment Initiative and the Race, Equity & Inclusion
Education, Facilitation, Connection
“We believe that open and honest conversations have the ability to heal communities.”
Director Jennifer H. Gunter, PhD
A Bold Mission
The Collaborative was developed to foster racial reconciliation and civic renewal
through on-going dialogues in classrooms, boardrooms and community rooms. The Collaborative’s
work focuses on inclusiveness and the participation of individuals who are committed
to exchanges of personal reflections about their lives and the desire to build bridges
among participants and, in turn, to bring about real and lasting change.
How You Can Participate
Funding for the Collaborative is based on contributions from philanthropic, religious
and business communities and from private individuals.
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Monday, Aug. 22, 2022
Location: Russell House Ballroom, Russell House University Union 202 Lounge