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CCU first in S.C. to be recognized for exceptional standards of inclusion


Coastal Carolina University has been recognized for excellence in inclusion for low-income and first-generation college students by Strive for College, which honors colleges and universities that excel in five key areas of distinction. CCU is the first institution in South Carolina to be recognized for meeting exceptional standards of inclusion.

Strive for College, a nonprofit organization, created a set of “Strive Five” distinctions centered on data-based measures of actual performance in areas that demonstrate a tangible commitment to students who are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses.

“Coastal Carolina University is committed to college access and success for our students,” said Atiya Stokes-Brown, CCU’s vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a professor of political science. “We are excited to partner with Strive for College to increase opportunity and access for students from traditionally underserved communities and resolve to consistently and proactively engage in efforts that facilitate the realization of academic achievements, personal growth, and development for our students.”

The University recently adopted its diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan in an effort to increase diversity and affordability, and improve retention and graduation outcomes for all of its students. This plan creates and sustains CCU’s inclusive learning, living, and working environment, where all members of campus feel they are welcomed, respected, valued, and supported.