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College of Charleston

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
66 George St
Charleston, South Carolina 29424
(843) 805-5507
Email address
School Information
"Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world. "Over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students at the College enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. They work closely with a committed faculty, made up of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts." The university also offers over 175 academic programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The College of Charleston announced the creation of a "Historical Review Taskforce" and its new "Social Media Etiquette" policy. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Antiracism training for all department faculty began being offered in August of 2021.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity at Charleston offers the "Department Equity Education Program" which is a "diversity training curriculum built for departments, divisions, offices and programs on campus" and "reinforces the unit’s alignment with the College’s ongoing commitment to a globally oriented and diverse academic community."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity provides a culturally responsive teaching guide for its teachers and states, "To activate inclusive excellence, one must be equipped with an effective model of teaching, high impact strategies, and a goal to close the equity gap." The purpose of the guide is to "advance equity & inclusion at the College of Charleston."
  • "DiversityEDU" is run through the Office of Institutional Diversity and is a "research based diversity learning module for faculty, staff, and students." Students will "explore topics such as defining diversity, engaging comfortably with difference, examining assumptions, searching for similarities, and the impact of microagressions." Faculty and staff will "focus on engagement with diversity, communication for inclusion, and the influence of unconscious bias."
  • On April 19, 2023, Charleston's News Site published several updates from the Office of Institutional Diversity. According to the update, new in 2023 is the "racial equity certificate" which "endorses campus members’ knowledge about systemic racism and the competent application of racially inclusive practices." Additionally, "to help address classroom climate issues, a teaching-inclusive excellence certificate is under development with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Honors College requires all classes entering from Fall of 2021 and onward to take "At least two courses in Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquia (3-4 credit hours each)."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college rolled out a new "Social Media Etiquette" policy. Actions "violate College policy will be handled through our Student Code of Conduct process."
Program and Research Funding
  • The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative at Charleston is to "promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond, through a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, Addlestone Library, the African American Studies Program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), and multiple community partners."
  • The Center for the Study of Slavery "examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and at the College of Charleston from the late 18th century through the civil rights era and the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present" through scholarly research and public programming,
  • The library has provided an extensive list of anti-racist reading materials.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity Eddie Ganaway Diversity Center at Charleston is a "hub of resources to give students, faculty, and staff the support they need to be empowered in creating a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive campus."
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity provides a list of anti-racism resources including: "Addressing Racial Privilege - A Mental Model for White Anti-Racists," "75 things white people can do for racial justice," and "Dismantling Racism - A Resource Book."
  • The Office of Student Affairs at Charleston published a "Stereotypes and Implicit Biases" document which defines these terms and provides a small research example on the topic.
  • On November 22, 2022, Charleston's News Site announced that the college "has become an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)." The NCFDD is an "independent professional development, training and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs and graduate students from more than 450 colleges and universities, dedicated to helping academics thrive in the academy."
  • The Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston has called upon the College of Charleston to initiate several social justice initiatives including: "Require all College of Charleston students to study Charleston’s transnational history of slavery, colonialism, and race," "Increase co-curricular opportunities for students to engage with the campus and community in pursuit of anti-racism and social and environmental justice," "Require all College of Charleston employees to participate in substantive anti-racism training," and "Implement more socially-just policing practices."
Symbolic Actions
  • "In order for the College to address its history in a thoughtful and appropriate manner, I am creating a Historical Review Taskforce, which will be made up of campus scholars, researchers and other campus representatives, so that the College can ensure a more complete account of its story."
  • In February 2021, The Department of History held its "Annual Black History Month Lecture." This year's event discussed “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.”
  • In April 2022, the college hosted "The Kronsberg Lecture: A Conversation with Ilana Kaufman" on the "anti-racist Jewish community."
  • In March 2022, the college hosted a town hall discussion on CRT legislation.
  • The college has hosted numerous events regarding CRT, including seminars on "Coded Bias" and "Medical Racism."
  • The Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston published its "Commitment to Making #Blacklivesmatter," in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others which stated the following: "We recognize that these acts of violence are deeply rooted in the institution of slavery which served to deny the sanctity and sovereignty of Black life. As a Center that studies the history and legacies of chattel slavery in the South, we see the recent instances of brutality occurring nationally and in Charleston as but the latest manifestations of our country’s long history of violence against Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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