Faculty and Staff - May 1, 2023

You’re invited!

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, May 4, at 11 a.m. in Dina’s Place. 

This year’s event theme is “Multicultural and International Experiences.”

I want to thank several faculty members who will talk about their culture and how they have acclimated to living in the southeastern part of the United States. Those faculty members are: Myles Calvert (Canada), assistant professor of fine arts; Catherine Chang (Taiwan), assistant professor of history; Monique Constance-Huggins (St. Vincent), associate professor of social work; Duha Hamed (Jordan/Palestine), associate professor of mathematics; Anna Romanova (Russia), assistant professor of quantitative methods; Danko Tarabar (Serbia), associate professor of economics; and Silvia Wozniak (Brazil), adjunct faculty member in biology. Special thanks also to Leigh Poole, director of the International Center and interim dean of University College, who will moderate the discussion.

I also want to acknowledge the continuing, positive work of the Diversity Council, a committee consisting of faculty, staff and students. 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

Kinyata Brown – Student Affairs

Myles Calvert – College of Visual and Performing Arts

Logan Cocklin – Dacus Library

Mary Fairfull – Student Representative

Philip Gibson – College of Business Administration

Crystal Glover – College of Education

Muluken Hass – Student Representative

Chris Johnson – Facilities Management

Shardae Johnson-Nelson – Student Affairs

Joseph Miller – Enrollment Management and Marketing

Landon Pitts – Student Representative

Tenisha Powell – College of Education

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez – College of Arts and Sciences

Faith Rush – TriO

Kevin Sheppard – Office of the President

Amanda Stewart – University Advancement

Meg Webber – Academic Affairs

Toward the end of the Day of Understanding event, attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions. Following the event, attendees will be invited to sample foods that are authentic to the panelists’ country in 114 DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Again, I hope to see you on May 4 at 11 a.m. for what is sure to be a memorable experience as we expand our understanding and appreciation of diversity.



Edward A. Serna