DEI Resources

You Matter.

We come from different backgrounds, orientations and cultures. 

We bring with us unique stories and diverse perspectives.

But we share common dreams, passions, and aspirations. We welcome, support, and empower each other. We share a committment to positive change, and we unite around our Cougar spirit.

We're all connected. We're all Cougars. We all matter.

Find Support. Make Connections.

Explore some of the resources available to you to find support, make connections, and feel at home at the College of Charleston.
  • Academic Opportunities

    Call Me MISTER

    Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) is a teacher recruitment program designed to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers. The program supports  participants through academic, cultural and social support as well as tuition assistance and job placement.

    Learn More About Call Me MISTER 

    Honors College

    The Honors College is a community of engaged, and motivated College of Charleston students looking to enrich and enhance their college experience. Students of all academic disciplines with a diverse range of long-term goals thrive in the Honors College.

    Learn More About the Honors College


    Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

    The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program provides mentoring and summer-research opportunities for students from underrepresented populations (African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islanders) who want to pursue a degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines offered from the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.

    The program is available to incoming first-year students as well as current College of Charleston students.

    Learn More about the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation 


    REACH Program

    The REACH Program is a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The promotes the advancement of knowledge and skills in academics, independent living, and social skills and career development. Students in the program participate in all activities offered by the College of Charleston, with individualized support for success.

    Learn More About the REACH Program


  • Pre-College Programs


    SPECTRA provides a summer academic and transition experience for incoming African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native/Indigenous American (AALANA) College of Charleston first-year students.

    Students in the program enroll in classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a College of Charleston student.

    Learn More about SPECTRA 


    Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (M.O.V.E.)

    Get to know the College of Charleston. M.O.V.E. provides students of color with the opportunity to experience and get a feel for what life is like at the College of Charleston.

    Applications for M.O.V.E. are restricted to high school juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5. M.O.V.E. is free of charge and space is limited.

    Learn More About M.O.V.E

    Junior Project

    A week-long, summer college preparatory program, Junior Project serves AALANA and first generation students who are rising high school juniors.

    Interested students must apply and be accepted into the Junior Project program.

    Learn More About Junior Project 

    Senior Project

    A week-long, summer college preparatory program, Senior Project provides AALANA and first generation rising high school seniors with skill development workshops and an immersive look at the College of Charleston student experience.

    Interested students must apply and be accepted into the Senior Project program.

    Learn More About Senior Project

    Otto B. German Minority Male Initiative (MMI)

    A free, overnight on-campus experience, the Otto B. German Minority Male Initiative empowers, supports and assists men of color in creating a strong foundation of success for college and in the years to come.

    The event is available to eligible high school juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Seniors must have applied to the College of Charleston to be considered for this event.

    Learn More about Otto B. German Minority Male Initiative

  • Gender, Sexuality & Equity Center

    The Gender, Sexuality, and Center enhances the well-being of our diverse LGBTQ+ community through programs, services, and resources in support of our students, parents, faculty, and staff.


    Gender, Sexuality & Equity Center
  • Clubs & Organizations

    The College of Charleston is home to more than 240 clubs and organizations, with many of them celebrating diversity and cross-cultural understanding.

    Multicultural organizations provide opportunities for you to find community, gain leadership skills, and share your stories and interests.

    Here are just a few:

    Explore the range of multicultural student organizations, connect with others, enrich your College of Charleston experience and get involved.

    Browse Multicultural Organizations
  • Fraternities & Sororities

    Fraternity & Sorority Life at the College is designed to help students make the most of their time on campus, and help them to develop into responsible, social and contributing members of our society.

    The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body of the historically African-American fraternities and sororities at the College of Charleston:


    alphas.pngAlpha Phi Alpha 

    Cougar Connect: Alpha Phi Alpha

    nupes.pngKappa Alpha Psi 
    Cougar Conenct: Kappa Alpha Psi

    omega.pngOmega Psi Phi 

    Cougar Connect: Omega Psi Phi

     sigmas.pngPhi Beta Sigma

    Cougar Connect: Phi Beta Sigma





     aka sorority shieldAlpha Kappa Alpha

    Cougar Connect: Alpha Kappa Alpha


     delta-sigma-theta-sorority.pngDelta Sigma Theta
    Cougar Conenct: Delta Sigma Theta


    sigma-gamma-rho2.pngSigma Gamma Rho

    Cougar Connect: Sigma Gamma Rho


     zeta-phi-beta.pngZeta Phi Beta

    Cougar Connect: Zeta Phi Beta




    Culturally Based Fraternities

    lambdas.pngLambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity
    Cougar Connect: Lamda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity




    Join NPHC Fraternities & Sororities
  • Centers, Resources & Services

    Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture

    The Avery Center collects, preserves, and promotes the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Avery Research Center is located in the historic Harleston Village in Charleston at 125 Bull Street.

    Visit the Avery Research Center


    Center for Disability Services/SNAP

    Center for Disability Services/SNAP provides assistance and guidance to students with a documented disability to ensure equal access to all programs and services of the College. 

    Visit the Center for Disability Services/SNAP


    Center for Student Learning

    Center for Student Learning provides comprehensive academic support programs for College of Charleston students as they strive for excellence in learning, while promoting student leadership and development through peer education experiences

    Visit the Center for Student Learning


    The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

    The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs the office designated to receive formal complaints of discrimination or harassment, including under Title IX. Established at the College of Charleston to ensure equal opportunity for all members of our college community.

    Visit the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs


    Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center

    The Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center is the center of Jewish activity at the College. The Center houses the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, offices of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, a lounge and offices for the College of Charleston Hillel, Rabbi Hirsch Levin Judaica Library, and Arnold Hall. In addition, the Center serves as home to the program's three academic centers of excellence: The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Arnold Center for Israel Studies.  

    Visit the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center