Over the past several months, racial inequality has become a central issue in the United States. For many, however, it’s been the central issue for a long time. And for three students at the College of Charleston, it has been a key motivator, prompting them to spearhead significant advancements regarding enrollment in the Honors College, and establish a new discussion series focused on race.
Senior Cookie Desai and sophomores Andrea Kimpson and Aliece Hurley – each members of the Honors Leadership Fellows Society – worked diligently over the past year to mitigate unconscious bias and promote fairness in the Honors College application-review process. They worked closely with Elizabeth Roberts ’14, associate director of admissions for the Honors College, to dissect and revise the process so that socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and gender expression are each taken into account. Their goal was to ensure a more just opportunity for all applicants.