Winthrop to Hold Second Annual Day of Understanding Event April 15

April 06, 2021


  • The speakers include: Duha Hamed, assistant professor of mathematics; Hye-Sung Kim, assistant professor of political science; and Brandon Ranallo–Benavidez, assistant professor of political science.

  • The virtual event is set for Thursday, April 15.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA—Winthrop University Interim President George Hynd and the university’s Diversity Council will sponsor its second annual Day of Understanding event on April 15 to celebrate PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion

The virtual event will include three speakers who will share “Moments of Bravery,” in which they will share stories of experiencing biased behavior due to their gender, race, age or sexual orientation. Faculty and staff will examine the diversity of their personal networks and engage with the panelists during a question-and-answer segment. They will also have the opportunity to continue the conversation after the virtual event in Richardson Ballroom. Social distancing and masking protocol will be followed. 

The speakers include: 

*Duha Hamed, assistant professor of mathematics; 

*Hye-Sung Kim, assistant professor of political science; and 

*Brandon Ranallo–Benavidez, assistant professor of political science.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. Register here. The first 25 registrants will receive a free lunch, courtesy of the Office of the President. The lunch can be picked up in the Richardson Ballroom at the end of the virtual program. 

“At Winthrop, we value diversity and all that the word represents,” said President Hynd. “Our commitment to, and appreciation for, diversity includes respecting the diversity of all cultures. I look forward to hearing more about our panelists’ experiences, and I thank them for taking the time to share them with us so that we may learn, come together, and be the change agents the world needs.”  

Hynd also thanked the Diversity Council, a committee consisting of faculty, staff and students who are charged with helping actualize Winthrop’s diversity goals and objectives as stated in Goal #3 of the Winthrop Plan. The council will be working on a diversity statement for Winthrop. 

Winthrop University is the first, and still the only, college in South Carolina to sign the PwC CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. This diversity initiative by PwC challenges CEOs and college presidents to encourage conversations around diversity and inclusion in the workplace, provide unconscious bias training to employees, and share actions and initiatives with other CEOs/presidents in the network that have been implemented at their company/university.  

For more information, contact Nicole Chisari, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or

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