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Imagine CarolinaShaping Our University Experience

Imagine Carolina is a retreat where participants share their perspectives and ideas directly with university leaders to help shape the Carolina experience. 

Imagine Carolina for Staff

Our professional staff are at the heart of our university and integral in making the University of South Carolina a great place to work and learn. Join us as we shape the future of USC at the Staff Imagine Carolina retreat.

Wednesday, February 15, 20239:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., doors open at 9 a.m. for check in, and there will be a break for lunchClose-Hipp, 8th floor

We seek a diverse group of FTE, RGP, and TLE staff members who will actively contribute at this event. It is important that all groups are represented so please share this invitation throughout the university. Space is limited and participation is on a first come, first served basis.

Please bring a smart device such as a cell phone, laptop or iPad to participate in polling activities.

Imagine Carolina for Staff will bring together employees who care about the university and the success of our students. We will seek feedback on how we can become an even better workplace where employees feel they belong, are valued, and thrive, all in the pursuit of excellence.

Caroline Agardy, Vice President for Human Resources
Caroline Agardy


Imagine Carolina for Faculty and Academic Staff

The University of South Carolina’s faculty and academic staff are a key part of what makes our institution great. That’s why we are inviting you to take part in an Imagine Carolina retreat.

Friday, Jan. 27
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., doors open at 10 a.m. and there will be a break for lunch
Close-Hipp, 8th floor

Please contact with any questions or updates to your registration.

Please note, registration for the event is at capacity, but academic unit staff will have an additional opportunity to participate in an Imagine Carolina for all staff later in the semester.


As a premier institution of higher education, our faculty and academic staff are vital to the success of the university. Imagine Carolina will give us a chance to engage their creativity in maintaining our commitment to academic excellence.

Provost Donna Arnett
Provost Donna Arnett


Imagine Carolina for Graduate and Professional Students

The Imagine Carolina for graduate and professional students — which was originally scheduled to occur on Dec. 5, 2022 — has been postponed. It will be rescheduled to a later date.



Imagine Carolina Presidential Retreat 

Undergraduate students on the Columbia campus were invited to be part of the first Imagine Carolina Presidential Retreat held on September 11, 2022. About 200 students joined the day-long event to share their experiences with the school and their views on what they would do to improve areas ranging from academics and student life to post-graduate readiness and the campus climate. 

View the report


  • Imagine Carolina was an excellent idea — and a very welcome one. It inspired me, I felt connected to the president’s vision, and I’m grateful for being heard by the staff.

    Stephane Tagne, mechanical engineering junior
  • a group of students listen to a speaker at Imagine Carolina
  • a large group of students sit together at conference tables at Imagine Carolina
  • President Amiridis, Cocky and a student at imagine Carolina
  • a close-up of Imagine Carolina stickers on display
  • two students smiling and making the spurs up gesture at Imagine Carolina