- September 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Our Strengths Our Differences
The purpose of this event is to bring students along with the public together with career professionals in communication, higher education and the civil rights movement to discuss diversity and inclusion while networking to establish professional relationships. The event will include a panel discussion with panelists sharing their experiences when it comes to diversity and inclusion and the strengths/differences used in reaching and advocating for diverse groups of people. The event is sponsored by SCPRSA and Claflin University PRSSA.
Free to all, PRSSA members highly encouraged to attend. Light refreshments provided.
(Kindly register below so we have a good headcount for refreshments & seating.)
Gathering across South Carolina to view “Our Differences and Our Strengths” panel
Communications professionals in the Columbia area, who cannot make it to Orangeburg, are invited to join the University of South Carolina PRSSA chapter to view the livestream of the panel and to network. That gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. in room 318 in the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications located at 800 Sumter St. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and for parking information.
PRSSA chapters at Anderson University and Clemson Universities will also gather to watch the event.
Livestreamed on SCPRSA and other social media channels.
Diversity + Inclusion Panelists Bio descriptions:
Charnita Mack, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator at Claflin University
Charnita Mack is responsible for assisting with promotion of the university through media relations, as well as developing strategy for and handling the university’s social media accounts.
Shawn Edwards, Chief Diversity Officer at the Citadel
Shawn Edwards represents the institution publicly on diversity and inclusion related activities. In her role, she develops strategies to address diversity challenges in recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. She directs, manages and maintains The Citadel Affirmative Action Plan.
Jesa Parker, Unit Marketing Specialist for Sodexo Incorporated
Jesa Parker is responsible for the implementation, tracking and reporting of marketing for three Sodexo accounts in South Carolina and is the direct contact for on-campus Marketing inquires. In her role, she trains, coordinates and supports creating exceptional student experiences including customer service
training and employee highlights.
Cecil Williams, Cecil Williams Photography
For more than sixty years, Orangeburg native Cecil J. Williams has photographed powerful moments in civil rights history. His internationally acclaimed museum, Cecil Williams Museum, was established this year and displays 350 images of the Civil Rights Movement, but from the perspective of the South Carolina events that changed America. Williams began photography at age nine and covered almost all historically significant events in South Carolina; from 1950 Briggs v. Elliot in Summerton, through the 1969 Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike and beyond.
Cleveland Sellers, Past President of Voorhees College
Cleveland Sellers is an educator and icon of the civil rights movement and is known for his messages on justice, equality and peace. Throughout the 1960s, Sellers organized protests, marches and sit-ins and was the program director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Sellers, the former president of Voorhees College in Denmark, SC was also a professor and director of the African-American Studies program at the University of South Carolina.
A special thank you to our sponsors: