RSJI Team


 

  • John White, PhD., Dean of the College of Charleston Libraries

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  • Dr. White is the Dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston and the Director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (http:ldhi.library.cofc.edu).  Previously, he was the Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston.  He earned BA in Political Science from Bridgewater College and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida.  He is the author of several works on race and politics in South Carolina, a member of the editorial board for the South Carolina Historical Magazine, and co-Editor of Laying the Foundation:  Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries (Purdue University Press, 2016).
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  • Daron Lee Calhoun, II, Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator

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  • Daron Lee Calhoun II is a historian on the History of African American Higher Education. In various roles at the College of Charleston, he has assisted with educational outreach and event planning and serves as a producer and head researcher on a feature-length documentary film project with director Julie Dash. He received his BA in African American Studies from Morehouse College and attended the College of Charleston in the graduate History program. He is a community activist and involved in a variety of social justice organizations. He began working with the Race and Social Justice Initiative in May 2016 to facilitate coordinating of speaker events and programming.
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  • Denise Ciccarelli, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Denise leads the College’s efforts to facilitate and grow mutually beneficial relationships between corporate and private foundation partners. She serves as a conduit for the College to share innovative opportunities that benefit economic growth throughout our region. She is focused on building lasting partnerships through engagement and stewardship, understanding the importance that each stakeholder brings to the College.

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  • Katherine Jones, RSJI Graduate Assistant 

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  • Katherine earned her BSEd in Secondary English from the University of Georgia in 2017. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing and Arts Management at the College of Charleston. Katherine has been a part of the RSJI team since the fall of 2018 where she, under the direction of Daron Lee Calhoun, II, has coordinated the Student Leadership Award for future social justice activists. 
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  • Conseula Francis, PhD, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs-Posthumous

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  • Consuela’s talents were many.  She was a formidable intellect who could make a hard day shorter and a difficult meeting easier.  There was no burden she could not lighten, no path she could not straighten, by applying her unique combination of good humor and keen insight.  Conseula was patient when patience was productive, impatient when the action was needful.
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  • Conseula first came to the College of Charleston as Assistant Professor of English in 2002.  In 2007, she was appointed Director of the African American Studies Program and played a critical role in the growth of the program and the development of the African American Studies major.
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  • Consuela’s scholarly work focused on American and African American literature, with a more recent focus on romance novels and popular fiction.  In 2011, Conseula earned the College’s highest honor as an instructor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
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  • As Associate Provost, Conseula had essential leadership responsibilities for the College’s curriculum and for our complex web of obligations to accreditors and to state and federal agencies.  We are a much better university because of her good work.