Diversity and Inclusion partners at Wofford present numerous events throughout the academic year.
2017-18 Diversity and Inclusion Events
Diversity Speaker Series, sponsored by the Office of the President:
- “Being an Immigrant in the American South” by the Spanish Writers Cultural Group
- “From Spartanburg to Accra” by Regina Fuller ’11
- “From Wofford to HEAL” by Dr. Nicole Redmond ’96
- LGBTQIA Alumni Panel Discussion and reception with Erica Brown ’00 (moderator), Mae Hoffman ’18, Alex Hubbard ’13, Courtney Parsons ’15 and Jeremy Pittman ’92.
Black Alumni Summit and meeting with the Presidential Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (October 2017)
The summit included a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion with Dr. Ramón Galiñanes Jr., Dr. Rhiannon Leebrick and Dr. Jim Neighbors, members of the Presidential Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
DACA Panel Discussion with Wofford alumni and DACA students (Fall 2017)
Panelists included Andrea Liberatore ’16 and Doug Thie ’09 and community members Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche and Pastor Mireille Tanner.
Two LGBTQIA Ally Training sessions for students (Fall 2017)
Gateway Scholars Program (June 2017)
Inaugural two-week summer orientation for 18 incoming first-year students who identify as first-generation, low-income and/or DACA-protected.
Wofford UNfiltered Events (Spring 2018)
February event focused on microaggressions and May event focused on sexual misconduct. Panelists/ participants included Dr. Nayef Samhat, Drake McCormick ’18, John Patterson ’18, Essence Buckman ’18 and members of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Code Switching Event (February 2018)
James Stukes, Toria Teamer, Caitlynn Myer ’18 and Dr. Rhiannon Leebrick held a community conversation on the topic of code switching.
Re-Imagined and Robust Heritage Month Celebrations ... Hispanic Heritage, Black History, Women’s History and inaugural LGBTQIA month celebrations.
Inaugural Pride Month celebration was held with the support of the Rainbow Coalition. Some of the other impactful events during the Heritage Month celebrations included:
- Ingrid LaFleur and Professor Jessica Scott-Felder, presentation and art exhibit on “Future of Afrofuturism” and Scott-Felder’s art exhibition “Three Point Perspective: Conversations in Imagination, Legend and Science.”
- “All Hail the King: The Black Panther & Blackness in American Superhero Comics” by Dr. Dwain Pruitt ’95.
“Confederate Memorials: Considering Ways Forward” (April 2018)
Two community conversations and events on the topic of “Confederate Memorials in the American South.”
Bonner Scholars Sophomore Exchange and Senior Capstone Exhibit focused on Diversity, Inclusion and Civic Engagement in the American South (March 2018)
Wofford’s Bonner Scholarship Program hosted Bonner Scholars from Averett University, Mars Hill University and Warren Wilson College for a weekend in which the participants Diversity, Inclusion and Civic Engagement in Bonner Colleges in the American South.
“Back of the College” Project
Dr. Jim Neighbors, in partnership with Brenda Lee Pryce, co-author of “South of Main;” Mitch Kennedy, community services director for the City of Spartanburg; Brad Steinecke, assistant director of local history for Spartanburg County Public Libraries; and Monier Abusaft ’12, director of Juneteenth Inc., launched the “Back of the College” project, which tells the story of the African-American neighborhood that existed behind Wofford College. The project is supported by the Center for Community-Based Learning.