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Our Diversity Initiative

The University of Charleston, South Carolina is committed to creating and sustaining inclusive learning environments where all members of the campus community are welcomed, valued, and supported.  We believe diversity promotes the free exchange of ideas, perspectives, and cultural values that are necessary for developing versatile students and citizens. Graduate programs provide a quality driven, student-oriented education in an atmosphere that encourages student, faculty, and staff diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.

In conjunction with the Office of Institutional Diversity, we offer a wide variety of multi-cultural education resources, collaborative education outreach programs, seasonal cultural events, a signature diversity lecture series, and our annual academic diversity symposium.  We additionally offer numerous multi-cultural opportunities through partnerships with international universities, the Peace Corps, and the Fulbright Program.

Our graduate students come from all over the world and represent a spectrum of races, cultures, creeds, ages, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our Commitments

  • Building and supporting a diverse academic community

  • Promoting and encouraging understanding across areas of difference through unique activities and programs

  • Forging collaborative relationships with staff, faculty, administrators, and units across campus to enhance student retention and success

  • Expanding educational and research opportunities on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency

  • Strengthening the connections with the International Office and other campus partners who work with and on behalf of international students to collaborate on areas of mutual concern

  • Facilitating personal growth around identity exploration, cultural excellence, intercultural communications, professional development to develop better leaders and collaborators

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Community Resources

Our Diversity Strategic Plan outlines in detail our institutional initiative for promoting diversity and growing a robust and vibrant educational environment.

The Office of Institutional Diversity is the university’s central office for diversity initiatives, providing the campus community with diversity resources, training services, multi-cultural events, and community outreach programs.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs ensures equal employment practices and university status for all minority-status groups and individuals on campus.

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