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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.


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: Launched Fall 2018, 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 first-generation college attendees, into teacher education programs at USC. ACI students receive a scholarship for their four years of study. ACI is guided by theoretical and pedagogical perspectives grounded in culturally relevant  teaching and cultural competency. ACI students supports students in gaining a deep understanding of how to teach using culturally responsive strategies in order to bolster their effectiveness with the culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 students they will teach.

  • AACTE Holmes Scholars Program: The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program supports students from historically underrepresented communities who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the College of Education. Students receive financial support for up to 3 years. There is no specific deadline or application for the Holmes Scholars Program. Holmes Scholars are selected during the Ph.D. admissions process by the Department to which they are applying. If selected as a Holmes Scholar, your department will notify ODEI and you will be notified and provided next steps.

USC Diversity Events

Student Organization Fair

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Location: RHUU Greene Street, RHUU Russell House Patio, RHUU Russell House Patio Stage, Davis Field I - RHUU Side, RHUU Davis Circle Space 01, RHUU Davis Circle Space 02, RHUU Davis Circle Space 03, Greene Street Preston Side, Greene Street Petigru Side

NFSP: Last Lecture Series: Dr. Jason Osborne

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Location: Harper Elliott 320

Cost: 0

Hip Hop Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

Location: RHUU Greene Street

Cost: FREE

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Upcoming College of Education Events

Centering Diaspora Symposium: Jewish Diaspora Literacy

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: N/A, Free

Anne Frank: After the Arrest film screening

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023

Location: Capstone 101 - Campus Room

Cost: Free for students and $10 for other guests

The Sounds of Blackness: A Musical Interpretation of the Exhibit, “Revolutionary Love and Black Joy in Schools..."

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: Free, N/A

Centering Diaspora Symposium: Asian Diaspora Literacy

Thursday, Mar. 2, 2023

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: N/A, Free

Centering Diaspora Symposium: Latinx Diaspora Literacy

Thursday, Apr. 6, 2023

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: N/A, Free

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