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Elections 101: Debating 101

Honors students are invited to participate in a discussion series focused on providing students with foundational knowledge about the 2020 election on November 3. For session 2, Debating 101, students will analyze the first presidential TV debate. Please remember that you should watch the televised debates beforehand because the discussion will be an analysis of the event.

Students of all political persuasions and viewpoints are welcome, and political novices are encouraged to participate. The discussion will be moderated by Honors College scholar-in-residence John Culhane.

This session will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 6pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Posted on September 23, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement

Honors Student Association – Interest Meeting

From the Honors Student Association (HSA): Hi Cougars and welcome back to campus! The Honors Student Association wants to give a warm welcome to you all, and we hope move-in weekend was a smooth transition to hybrid classes. The Honors Student Association is looking forward to making this semester as energizing and “normal” as possible.

The goal of the Honors Student Association has always been to make the Honors College experience as valuable and exciting to its students as possible. In past semesters HSA has held semi-formals, community service events, ice cream socials, Halloween events, and more. Of course, due to social distancing and health concerns, these events will look much different this year, but hopefully, with some input we can make the Honors College experience just as fun and exciting as previous years. This is where you all as a student body, and as a community of being in the Honors College comes into play.

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This semester, HSA is looking to expand both the general body and executive board positions. The Honors Student Association is a great club to build leadership skills and to also contribute to the experience that honors students have here at The College.

More information will be given at our first interest meeting of the semester which will be Thursday, September 24th at 5:30pm. Also, a special prize giveaway will be given to the person with the most spunky and fun mask, so don’t be afraid to put your mask collection on display! We look forward to meeting you all Thursday via Zoom, go Cougs!

Honors Student Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: HSA Interest Meeting
Time: Sep 24, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 234 380 7188
Passcode: HSA2020

Posted on September 18, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement, Clubs and Organizations

Nominate a CofC Honors student for the Jill Conway Annual Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jill Conway to recognize a current Honors College student who has demonstrated engagement, personal growth, curiosity, and leadership.

This is the second year that a student will be honored with the Jill Conway Annual Scholarship. Jill Conway was an employee of the College of Charleston from 1984 until her retirement in 2017. Jill joined the Honors College (formerly Honors Program) staff in 1996 as the Office Manager and retired as Assistant Director for Student Services. Thanks to Jill’s efforts and dedication to students, the Honors College experience now extends beyond the classroom.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Students can only win this award once.
  • A nominee can be any current sophomore, junior, or senior in the Honors College.
  • Nominations can be from faculty, staff, or students, but self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Selection criteria will include the nominee’s quality, scope, and level of engagement, and leadership in the Honors College, as well as future commitment and potential for future achievement.

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Nomination and Selection Procedure

Part I. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, October 12th at 12pm EST through the following link: Conway Award Nomination Form

Part II. Eligible student nominees will be contacted via email, and additional support materials will be requested.

  • Resume
  • Written Statement (max. 500 words; must be typed) to address the following:
    • Describe a leadership role you have had in the Honors College.|What did the leadership role mean to you?
    • Describe the impact it had on the Honors community and/or to the campus.
    • How will you continue to be engaged in the Honors College or the greater community as a whole?

Nominee statement of interest and resume are due by Monday, October 26th at 12pm EST. Email all documents to

Posted on September 18, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Geared for Good Hackathon

Capgemini’s Millenial Innovation Council (MIC) is hosting Geared for Good, a social good hackathon, from October 8-11, 2020. This year’s hackathon will be held virtually. All innovation-minded upperclassmen are invited to participate.

During this weekend-long event, you will have the opportunity to network and gain mentorship from within Capgemini, as well as access to resources from top technology partners. Capgemini’s goal is to encourage innovative and forward-thinking individuals to develop a sustainable solution to prepare the community for the long term impacts of the pandemic.

For more information and to register, check out the event’s website.

Posted on September 17, 2020 in Announcements & Events

Women’s Leadership Institute

The Higdon Center is pleased to announce its first Women’s Leadership Institute for student leadership development to be held Saturday, November 14th, from 10am-2pm via Zoom. This year’s Institute is a free event. Registration begins mid-October.











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The day includes the following concepts and skill-building work:

  • What empathy is and the importance of empathy and to transform environments and increase trust and belonging
  • The power of storytelling and deep listening to create connection and psychological safety for others
  • Increasing personal resilience by transcending negative thoughts in the face of uncertainty, and sweeping change
  • How shame-prone behaviors affect the way we lead, work, and learn
  • The seduction of being “tough” “cool” “perfect” “busy” “exhausted” and “okay” when being human doesn’t seem like enough
  • Create a regular practice to support personal wholeness, mindful presence, and to create the legacy you intend

Two 90 minute workshops, with a personal lunch break and raffles, will be facilitated by executive coach, Pearl Alexander, JD, CPCC, Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator™ whose coaching and leadership development practice combines her expert knowledge on the “Science of Inclusion,” “Social Intelligence,” and contemplative practices to foster social change, inclusion, and innovation.

All students are welcome to attend with a cap at 125 registrants. Registration begins mid-October for Zoom delivery on November 14th. No cost to attend. Registration is required.

Posted on September 17, 2020 in Announcements & Events

Get involved with the Charleston Area Justice Ministry at CofC!

Are you interested in being a part of local justice work in Charleston? CAJM is a coalition of more than thirty religious congregations and community groups working together to combat some of the most pressing issues of injustice across Charleston County. In the past few years, CAJM has worked to secure additional funding for affordable housing, lower bus fares and increase routes for transit dependent citizens, perform racial bias audits on Charleston police departments, establish a system for workers to recover stolen wages, and implement restorative justice practices in CCSD schools. The CofC chapter of CAJM will be holding introductory meetings throughout the month of September for students to come and voice their thoughts on what community needs should be addressed in the upcoming year. All meetings will be hosted virtually over Zoom. Read more for meeting dates and the link to sign up!

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Meeting Dates:
Friday, 9/11 at 12:00pm
Tuesday, 9/15 at 6:30pm
Thursday, 9/17 at 5:00pm
Monday, 9/21 at 5:30pm
Monday, 9/28 at 12:00pm
Wednesday, 9/30 at 6:30pm

Sign up for a meeting here:

If you have any questions, please contact AJ Williamson at or DM @cofccajm on Instagram !

Posted on September 3, 2020 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement, Community Engagement
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