Faculty & Staff - April 6, 2021

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the attached flier and join me and the Winthrop Diversity Council as we celebrate PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) CEO action initiative on diversity and inclusion during the upcoming Day of Understanding. Our event will help foster the goal of Winthrop’s campus being a trusting place where difficult conversations surrounding diversity can occur. It will be held Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. The link is available here for registration. An in-person lunch following the event will be provided to the first 25 who register. 

I want to thank three members of our community, Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez, Duha Hamed, and Hye-Sung Kim, who will be joining us that day to share their stories and moments of bravery as they have encountered bias in their lives. 

I also want to acknowledge the continuing, positive work of 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. Please join me in thanking them for their efforts:

Zan Jones –  Human Resources, Employee Diversity and Wellness  (Chair)

Adolphus Belk – College of Arts and Sciences 

DeAnn Brame – Dacus Library 

Kinyata Brown – Student Life

Karen Derksen – College of Visual and Performing Arts 

Erin Emiroglu – Student representative 

Crystal Glover – College of Education

Pat Guilbaud – The Graduate School 

Martin Jackson – Student representative (CSL)

Chris Keck – Office of Accessibility  

Kelley Kish – Athletics

Stephanie Lawson – College of Business Administration

Neal Miller – University Relations 

Tadean Page – Access & Enrollment Management

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez – College of Arts and Sciences 

Larry Stevens – College of Business Administration 

Amanda Stewart – University Advancement 

Meg Webber – Academic Affairs

Among this group’s upcoming activities will be work on a diversity statement for Winthrop. Our hope is the diversity statement will be finalized by the fall. Again, I hope to see you on April 15 at 11 a.m. on Zoom for what is sure to be a memorable experience as we expand our understanding and appreciation of diversity.



Day of Understanding flier