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The Edwards College is home to one of the most diverse student bodies at Coastal Carolina University, and our faculty and students engage in inclusive and diverse scholarship and art that focus on underrepresented stories.

At the Edwards College, our diversity is our strength. Our students come from different regions, different economic, and different social backgrounds. Many are the first students in their families to attend college. Others are seasoned professionals returning for their second degree. Our entire college works to create an inclusive and equitable creative and learning environment, pairing local research with global perspectives. Learn about some initiatives that contribute to this work below. 

Edwards College DEI Strategic Plan (Updated February 12, 2021)

Student Resources

DEI Upcoming Events

Join us! 

***SUMMER 2021***

We Are Here

Students in a history course and an anthropology course collaborated to create an exhibit highlighting the Waccamaw Indian People, now on display at the Horry County Museum in Conway. While the experience itself was full of discovery and insight for the students, the exhibit’s impact may reverberate far beyond CCU and the museum. Learn More.

*** April 23, 2021 ***

DEI Speaking Truth 2 Power April 23, 2021 (Added 4/23/2021) MCD

 Please register for the event here

*** April 27, 2021 ***

Join us in a special opportunity to think, honor, and learn more about Asian American culture in a timely context. CCU’s Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services presents “An Evening with Elizabeth OuYang,” noted civil rights attorney, community advocate, and educator. This online event allows us to recognize Asian American & Pacific Islander Month and dwell for a moment on the lives lost in Atlanta in March 2021. You may emerge with a new perspective and ideas for contributing to healing in our nation.

DEI Event Elizabeth OuYang April 27, 2021 (Added 4/22/2021) MCD

We truly hope that you will promote this event to students, and hope that you will join us.   With the goal of honoring Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the lives lost during the March 16th shootings in Atlanta, IISS seeks to create space for community, engagement, education, and healing through this event.

Please register for the event here.

Crisis Services


For immediate help, call public safety (843)349-2911 (after hours). Students in crisis can see a counselor immediately in person by showing up Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. To reach an counselor in an emergency:

Monday-Friday (8:30am-5:00pm): (843)349-2305

Evenings and weekends: (843)349-2911 (Public Safety)

Suicide Prevention Line:

  • Call (843)349-2305 Monday - Friday (8:30am -5:00pm)
  • Call (843)349-2177 after hours and ask to speak with the “Counselor on Call”
  • If you have just attempted suicide or if you are assisting someone who just attempted suicide, call 911 or on campus call (843)349-2911

Anonymous Reporting:

Call (843)349-8477

Student Health Services 

Coastal Carolina University
Student Health Center
251 University Boulevard (across from Baxley Hall)
Conway, SC 29526


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Dory Sibley, co-chair (At-Large Faculty)
Samantha Ikner, co-chair (Graduate Students)

Daniela Johnson (Staff)
Shawna Roessler (Contingent Faculty)
Maggi Morehouse (Humanities Departments)
Gillian Richards-Greaves (Social Sciences Departments)
Jesse Willis (Visual and Performing Arts Departments)
Rotating Member from Dean’s Advisory Council (Undergraduate Students)
Claudia Bornholdt (Dean's Office, ex-officio)

Dean's DEI Advisory Committtee

As undergraduate advisors, this council helps increase representation and perspectives from BIPOC and LGBTQ students in the Edwards College.

Alexis (Buddy) Funes
Political Science

Bio: Click Here

Issiah Davis DEI Committee Member 2021 - 760x760 (added 3/11/2021) MCD

Isaiah Davis
Intelligence and National Security Studies

Bio: Click Here

Ozzy Whitley
Anthropology and Geography

Bio: Click Here

Dean's Advisory Council member

Michelle Garcia
Theatre Arts, Acting

 Bio: Click Here


Related Initiatives

The work to make our college, university, and world a more inclusive place for individuals and scholarship never ends. See below some of our centers and initiatives that engage in this work.