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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 Partnership.

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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Upcoming Events

OMSA CommUNITY Welcome

Monday, Aug. 28, 2023

Location: Russell House Ballroom, Russell House University Union 202 Lounge

Equity and Inclusion Summit

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023

Location: SEC Conference Room, Russell House University Union 203, Russell House University Union 205, Russell House Ballroom, Russell House University Union 202 Lounge, Russell House University Union 204 Lounge, Russell House University Union 200 Lobby -...

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