Located in 235 of the Robert Scott Smalls Building an oasis sits open to all. The Diversity Educational Resource Center has become the epicenter for cultural awareness among the diverse and eclectic College of Charleston population. Situated across from the Office of Institutional Diversity, the D.E.R.C. is devoted to promoting and advancing an all-inclusive domestic and global diversity at the College of Charleston. Room 243 will be able to harbor even the most studious individual. The space promotes a relaxed atmosphere in which the mind can truly expand. A quiet place away from the crowds of the library, the D.E.R.C. strives to foster a harmonious multicultural campus community, by encouraging intercultural and interracial dialogues.
No one should allow a busy schedule or a hefty homework load dissuade you from a trip. The Resource Center was designed as a library by trade. The center holds 200 volumes of books ranging in topics from the LGBTQUIA community to Black Liberation Movements to Feminism to Latin American Studies. This summer the library nearly doubled in size due to the tireless efforts of Diversity Program Assistant, Ruthlyn Veney. Sitting center stage in the D.E.R.C. is the new Martin Luther King Jr. section donated by the 2013 M.L.K. Planning Committee. The D.E.R.C. is a hub for dialogue and exchange. Home to the Diversity Advocates and the Advocacy Committee for Diversity on Campus, the D.E.R.C. stands as a sounding board for the freshest and most intermingled thoughts in Charleston. It serves as a magnate for students who wish to incite change and stand alongside others who wish to see improvements made.
Veney states,“The D.E.R.C. holds certain expectations for all of those who enter its walls – we strive to acknowledge each person for who they are, to treat each person with dignity and respect and to listen and explore opportunities to experience other cultures.” The Office of Institutional Diversity hopes that all students will take advantage of social media as a way of building the D.E.R.C.’s attendance. They urge you all to like the CofC OID Facebook page, and tweet for the D.E.R.C. as well.
Veney continues, “The D.E.R.C. is designed to bring students out of their personal boundaries and wrap them in a CofC Community. We hope that students will examine their own bias and take steps to eradicate it, speak out against prejudice and discrimination, and celebrate diversity and inclusion on our campus.” The D.E.R.C. is open from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. every week day. Drop by, pick up a book and learn something new. Step outside of your comfort zone and into a space constructed to harbor and cherish the presence of all. The D.E.R.C. holds the potential to turn a good day into a great day as well as to build connections with the potential to change the world, while expanding the mind of the individual. To get involved simply stop on by.
To discover more about activities planned in the D.E.R.C. contact Ruthlyn Veney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jasmine Wilson at email@example.com, or like them on facebook.com/cofcdiversity or tweet @cofc_diversity.