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CCU Women

March is Women’s History Month, and Coastal Carolina University’s history is rich with strong and impactful women who have helped build this University from the ground up. To recognize and honor their contributions to this institution, region and state, we will highlight some of these women throughout the month of March! 

CCU alumna Arianna Trapp

Recent CCU graduate receives Department of State scholarship to study Swahili

Coastal Carolina University alumna Arianna Trapp has recently been awarded the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Swahili. A Georgia resident, Trapp graduated magna cum laude from CCU’s HTC Honors College in December 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine science and a minor in Spanish.
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Madison Earl

Earl is CCU’s first Boren Scholarship recipient

Madison Earl, a Coastal Carolina University senior from Annapolis, Md., was recently awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study Portuguese at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Earl is an HTC Honors College student majoring in political science with minors in international political economy, marketing, and women’s and gender studies. She is the first CCU student to earn a Boren Scholarship.
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Jennifer Mokos, Ph.D.

CCU’s Mokos named a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader

Jennifer Mokos, Ph.D., a Coastal Carolina University HTC Honors College assistant professor, has been named a 2022 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader (MEFL). She is one of 10 scholars to receive the national award, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D.

CCU faculty member receives Fulbright IIE grant

Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded a Fulbright IIE (Institute of International Education) grant. The grant will support six months of teaching at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) in Anambra State, Nigeria. As a scholar of the African diaspora, Richards-Greaves will teach interactive, experiential learning courses that investigate the complexities of ethnicity and race in Africa and its diasporas.
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The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and its intersections with other identity markers such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, and ability/ disability as economic, political, and cultural constructs. It celebrates diversity, acknowledges women’s accomplishments, conditions, and contributions, and highlights the ideologies implicit in women’s places in societies both in the U.S. and internationally.


Ongoing all month: Display on Prince Lawn

Kimbel Library Exhibit and Reading Guide:

The Supper Table Exhibit at Myrtle Beach Art Museum [Available until April 16, 2023 (free entry)]

        The Supper Table, a multidisciplinary, collaborative arts project celebrates 12 historic South Carolina women as well as the beautiful and diverse work of contemporary South Carolina women artists.


March 2nd |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

International Women’s Day Celebration (Prince Lawn) 

March 14th | 6:00 p.m.

Takeover Tuesday

Takeover Tuesday SAGE x THE RAGE Creative Workshop
(Edwards 246)

March 14th | 5:30 p.m.

Graphic Art and Social Justice

Takoua Mohamed, a Tunisian Italian Graphic artist, will talk about the challenges that she and her family faced under a dictatorship (Check event flyer for Zoom link!)
March 14th | 5:30 p.m.

“Modern women in Islam”: A Conversation with Tunisian Writer Olfa Youssef

 (Zoom link to follow)
March 16th | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Hands-on Workshop with Canadian indigenous activist Larissa Crawford (co-sponsored with IISS and Global Engagement and Edwards College)

(LJSU A201) 

March 17th and 18th


Showing Women Talking and Encanto (email for free tickets with popcorn!)   

March 20 | 3:00 p.m.

Perplexity of a Muslim Woman

A Conversation with Tunisian Writer Olfa Youssef
(lntercultural Language Resource Center) 

March 21st - 27th

What Were You Wearing?

Exhibit: Take a look at a powerful exhibit educating viewers about sexual violence (LJSU Rotunda) 

March 24th | 6 p.m.

Students Advocating for Gender Equality's Second Chance Prom

(Allen Ballroom)

March 28th | 3 - 5 p.m.

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Participate in this interactive virtual workshop to learn about the gender wage gap and practice your salary negotiation skills (ATNM 105) 

March 29th | 4pm

CCU’s Banned Book Club discusses Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer

(Kimbel Library Atrium) Sponsored by the Department of English

March 30th | 6 p.m.

Women’s History Month Trivia Night

Come out to win CINO cash, Coastal swag, and more! (ATNM 105) 



First female faculty member

Hired in 1954. Margaret K. Woodhouse Ph.D., taught history and English. She earned $4,500 for the 1954-1955 academic year.


First women's group

The first women’s group on campus was the Anchor Club, started in 1957.


First librarian

Catherine H. Lewis built the library collection in 1958.


First female graduates

Emmaline Burroughs Cannon and Sara Lynn Singleton. The first CCU commencement was held in May of 1959.


First female four-year graduate

Joann Wiegand.


First black female four-year graduates

Linda Bratcher and Pat Singleton.


First female Vice President

Sally Horner.


Women's Studies established

The Women's Studies (later renamed Women's and Gender Studies) minor was officially created in 2002. The first directors of the program were Nelljean Rice and Preston McKever Floyd.


First CCU Olympian

In 2008, Amber Campbell became the CCU's first Olympian, competing in the hammer throw. She has since competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games. Her highest finish was sixth in 2016.


First African-American Female Dean

Dr. Dianne Mark is hired as Dean of the Spadoni College of Education. 


B.A./B.S. in WGS Established

Board of Trustees approves a B.A./B.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies.