Moving from Symbolic Change to Systemic Change in Charleston

Another Look at the Charleston Racial Disparities Report

Thursday, August 20, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Zoom Meeting

In 2017, the College of Charleston's Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture, published the State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, 2000-2015 report. 

As our region looks for next steps to end racial injustices in our community, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Together SC, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, and E3 are partnering once again to host a virtual discussion reexamining the recommendations from this report within the context of the current racial climate.

This is Part I of a series of discussions grounded in the foundational thinking that racial disparities across sectors, and specifically in South Carolina, are firmly rooted in a system of white supremacy. This system has created the current inequities and therefore cannot be resolved until the system has been acknowledged, disrupted, and rebuilt with equity at its center.

This event is free and all are welcome.

Join us from 9 AM to noon on Thursday, August 20

Co-Presented by Together SC and:

Attendees (226)

Jordan Amaker

Director of Marketing & Communications

Lowcountry Local First

Kim Archung

Program Officer

South Carolina First Steps

Mack Bigby

Executive director


Savannah Brennan

Director of Programming

Charleston Moves

Katelyn Brewer

Darkness to Light

Benjamin Bullock

Vice President & COO

Together SC

David Burden

Director of Nonprofit Recruiting

The Newell Group

Mary Butz

Administration & Office Coordinator

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Melissa Calcutt

Director of Finance

YWCA Greater Charleston

Jane Claiborne


Circular Congregational Church

Sam Clements

Executive Director

Doors To Dream

Stephanie Cook

Program Coordinator

Berkeley County First Steps

Amanda Cote'

Director of Finance & Operations

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Dale Douthat

President & CEO

United Way of the Lowcountry

Brandi Elkins

Membership Manager

Together SC

Jeffrey Fleming

Chief Operating Officer

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Paul Garbarini

Lauren Gellatly

Director of Operations

Lowcountry Local First

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Kay Haun



Quinn Hayes

Program & Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Veronica Hemmingway

Southern Lowcountry Director

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Lauren Herterich

Executive Director

Kids On-Point

Melanie Huggins

Executive Director

Richland Library

Faye Jensen

CEO Emeritus

South Carolina Historical Society

Alvin Johnson

Civil Engineer/Project Manager


Maggie Kalergis

Donor Relations Manager

Lowcountry Land Trust

Lana Kleiman

Executive Director

Charleston Legal Access

Alicia Kokkinis

Grants Officer

Charleston County School District

Melissa Ladd

Owner, Facilitator


Audrey Lane

Executive Director

E3 (Educate, Empower, Elevate)

Amanda Lawrence

AVP, Community Engagement, HCA Healthcare

Trident United Way

Mattese Lecque

Retired Feddtal Government. USAR Maj 0/4

Non profit supporter

Anna Lewin

Chief Executive Officer

SC Community Loan Fund

Phyllis Martin

Executive Director

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Sandy Morckel

President & Change Agent for Inspired Philanthropy

Solutions for the Greater Good

Dennis Muhammad

Family and Community Engagement Officer

Charleston County School District

Amanda Nadel

Prosperity Center Operations Specialist

Trident United Way

Joyce Nesmith

Executive Director

Beyond Our Walls at BOWs Meeting Place

Karyn Page-Davies

President/Executive Director

Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

Carolyn Rivers

Founder and Director

The Sophia Institute

Barbara Robinson

Executive Director

Catawba Area Agency on Aging

Jennet Robinson Alterman

President and CEO

J. Robinson Alterman LLC

Cindi Rourk


Charleston LDC

Kendra Snipe

YWCA Greater Charleston

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Carole Swiecicki

Chief Program Officer

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, Inc.

Leigh Thomson

Executive Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Gabby Totokotsopouos

Business Manager

Charleston Wine + Food

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director

Berkeley County First Steps

Lindsey Vance - 1

Principal and Lead Consultant

Mpowrd Analytics

Courtney Waters

Man. Dir. Education Advocacy and Systems Trans

Teach for America

Garcia Williams

Executive Director

The Medi Community Resource Center

Katie Zimmerman

Executive Director

Charleston Moves

169 Other Registered Attendees

Meet our panelists


Cultural anthropologist Patricia Williams Lessane, PhD, serves as associate vice president for academic affairs and associate professor in sociology at Morgan State University. Prior to this, she served as executive director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. She also served as co-principal investigator for the Race and Social Justice Initiative at the College of Charleston. Read more


Historian Daron Lee Calhoun II, coordinator of the College of Charleston Race and Social Justice Initiative at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, specializes in the history of African American higher education. He began working with the Race and Social Justice Initiative in May 2016, coordinating speaker events and programs. Read more

For More Information:

YWCA Greater Charleston

YWCA Greater Charleston

1064 Gardner Road Suite 113
Charleston, SC 29407