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College of Education

May 2022


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First Apple Core Initiative cohort graduates

We are proud to announce the graduation of our first cohort of student from the Apple Core Initiative program. In addition to graduating, seven out of eight students have accepted teaching positions at public schools in South Carolina. 

Cheyenne Jones,  Jackson Creek Elementary

Jacey Caldwell, Lakeside Middle School

Lauren Beckwidth, Centerville Elementary

Zoë Counts,  Baptist Hill Middle School

Maddie Bruce,  Cherrydale Elementary

Marissa Green,  Fairfield Magnet School

Kendrel Parker,  North Springs Elementary

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A Message from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  

Hello Everyone. 

Thank goodness it is May?! 

Lots going on in the College of Education, beginning with the new vision and mission statement.  Fun fact—we have not had a new mission statement in 20 years!  Please stay tuned for the rollout after final edits are made based on input from the College of Education faculty meeting on April 26.  Justice, Equity, and Transformation (JET)—very cool. Looking forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to make the mission a living entity in our programs and policies. 

May 3 is Eid al-Fitr (Muslim).
Eid Al-Fitr: Muslims around the world mark the end of Ramadan.
Learn more: 

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo.
What is Cinco de Mayo? 


Hello CoE,
We have reached another successful end of semester and summer is upon us! We look forward to exciting summer newsletter submissions detailing student​, faculty, and staff equity-related activities.  

Please continue to send future submissions to my email by the third Friday of each month.

Preston is proud of the graduating Apple Core Initiative cohort and his sentiments are represented above! 

Revised Mission and Vision

New COE Mission and Vision approved  

The College of Education has approved a new Mission and Vision statement. Share your ideas about how you would like to see it incorporated around the college. 

Apple Core Initiative

Mark your calendars, #Give4Garnet is May 18  

The College of Education will be raising funds for Apple Core Initiative during this year's Give4Garnet campaign. Mark your calendars and considering signing up to be a social media ambassador. 


May's Month-long Observances

  • ALS Awareness Month
  • Haitian Heritage Month
  • Indian Heritage Month
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Older Americans Month

South Asian American Heritage Month

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