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Office of Democracy, Education, and Inclusivity

The Office of Democracy, Education, and Inclusivity 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  Democracy, Education, and Inclusivity. 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 Democracy, Education, and Inclusivity 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

CGC Showcase

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024

Location: Russell House Theater

Queer Connections: It’s A Drag Brunch!

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024

Location: Russell House Ballroom

OMSA CommUNITY Welcome

Monday, Aug. 26, 2024

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

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