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Intercultural and Inclusion Events

  • Lavender Graduation:

    A cultural celebration that recognizes and acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBTQIA+ student of all backgrounds.

  • Donning of the Kente:

    A graduation ceremony designed to recognize the academic, professional and personal achievements of students that identify within the African diaspora.

  • Organizational Kick Off:

    If you are interested in learning more IISS initiatives and events as well as more on the topics of diversity, social justice and inclusion please stop by our table at Organizational kick!

  • African American Music Through the Years:

    A campus favorite event that celebrates the history and music of African Americans through a musical timeline.

  • Drag Show:

    In honor of National Coming Out Day IISS in collaboration with PRiDE hosted a drag show as a way to pay homage to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Signature Events

  • All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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MLK Celebration Keynote Speaker: Simeon Daise

Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium

Join the Coastal community as we end MLK Celebration Week with a culminating keynote speech by Beaufort, S.C., native, actor, and writer, Simeon Daise. Daise has appeared in “Gullah Gullah Island” and on BET’s hit series “American Soul.” 

African American Music Through The Years

Friday, March 27, 6 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium

Enjoy live music performed by Coastal students, faculty, and staff to celebrate a musical timeline. Join us for what has become a campus favorite!

Relay For Life Fundraiser: Hot Wing Challenge

Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m., Coastal Theater

IISS will be hosting a hot wing challenge to raise money for Relay For Life. Watch students and faculty eat hot wings with heat ranging from one to 10. This will undoubtedly be a good time.


Heritage Celebrations

Change Wall

Thursday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 22, Various campus locations

Leave a message to inspire positive change in the world at any of the Change Wall locations. Please see the MLK flyer for details.

MLK Teach-Ins

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Johnson Auditorium

  • 9 a.m. Two Jailhouse Jeremiahs: Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 10 a.m. Intersectionality in Identity Through Portrayals Found in Saturday Night Live
  • 11 a.m. An Examination of Inequality and Injustice in Health
  • 2 p.m. Race, Racism, and Professional Sports in the U.S.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Johnson Auditorium

  • 9 a.m. How Sabrina The Teenage Witch Teaches Us to Embrace Intersectionality
  • 10 a.m. Protest Through Music
  • 11 a.m. The White Supremacy Flower
  • 2 p.m. Broadcast Journalism and the Civil Rights Movement 

Night of the Arts

Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-6:30 p.m., Singleton Ballroom

During the civil rights movement, music and visual art were often used as a means to support the message of equity. As we continue in the weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., join the Coastal community as we continue in the tradition of using visual art and music as a tool towards equity.

African Drum and Dance Seminar

Friday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Williams-Brice Building Small Gym

In exploring hidden black history, this African American drum and dance seminar will demonstrate how dance was a form of communication before, during, and after slavery.

Women’s History Month: Ella Baker Day

Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m., Johnson Auditorium

In honoring the life and legacy of Ella Baker, the civil rights activist who inspired and guided emerging leaders, IISS, the Social Justice Research Initiative (SJRI) and the Women’s and Gender Studies program will come together to host a keynote centered around voting rights.


Dialogue Series

Chants Chat

Monday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., IISS Office

Join students, staff, faculty, and community members in open dialogue about various topics focused on social justice, inclusion, and diversity. 

Brew Crew

Wednesday, March 18, 12 p.m., IISS Office

Brew Crew is an opportunity for students to engage with faculty and staff in an informal manner and space. Stop by and engage with selected faculty and staff to learn what they are like outside of the classroom and offices over coffee and pastries.

Queer Coffee Hour

Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m., IISS Office

IISS invites persons within the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to drop by for comradery, conversation, and comfort. Free coffee and pastries provided. All are welcome!