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)

Benjamin Bullock

Director of Operations

Together SC

Lauren Herterich

Executive Director

Kids On-Point

Lana Kleiman

Executive Director

Charleston Legal Access

Katie Zimmerman

Executive Director

Charleston Moves

Savannah Brennan

Director of Programming

Charleston Moves

Kendra Snipe

YWCA Greater Charleston

Jennet Robinson Alterman

President and CEO

J. Robinson Alterman LLC

Melissa Calcutt

Office Manager/Bookkeper

YWCA Greater Charleston

Mack Bigby

Executive director


Amanda Cote

Director of Operations

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Lindsey Vance - 1


Mpowrd Analytics

Joyce Nesmith

Executive Director

Beyond Our Walls at BOWs Meeting Place

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Jeffrey Fleming

Chief Operating Officer

Palmetto Project, Inc.

Kay Haun



Alicia Kokkinis

Grants Officer

Charleston County School District

Gabby Totokotsopouos

Business Manager

Charleston Wine + Food

Anna Lewin

Chief Executive Officer

SC Community Loan Fund

Mary Butz

Administration & Office Coordinator

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Dale Douthat

President & CEO

United Way of the Lowcountry

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Melissa Ladd

Owner, Facilitator


Dennis Muhammad

Family and Community Engagement Officer

Charleston County School District

Lauren Gellatly

Interim Executive Director

Lowcountry Local First

Stephanie Cook

Program Coordinator

Berkeley County First Steps

Carolyn Rivers

The Sophia Institute

Courtney Waters

Man. Dir. Education Advocacy and Systems Trans

Teach for America

Amanda Nadel

Prosperity Center Operations Specialist

Trident United Way

Sam Clements

Doors To Dream

Quinn Hayes

Midlands Branch Development Specialist

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Barbara Robinson

Executive Director

Catawba Area Agency on Aging

David Burden

Director of Nonprofit Recruiting

The Newell Group

Carole Swiecicki

Executive Director

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, Inc.

Sara Massey


Syn-Mass LLC

Melanie Huggins

Executive Director

Richland Library

Cindi Rourk

Director of Business Development

Charleston LDC

Maggie Kalergis

Donor Relations Manager

Lowcountry Land Trust

Jane Claiborne


Circular Congregational Church

Karyn Page-Davies


Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

Sandy Morckel

President & Change Agent for Inspired Philanthropy

Solutions for the Greater Good

Kim Archung

Program Officer

South Carolina First Steps

Alvin Johnson

Civil Engineer/Project Manager


Leigh Thomson

Deputy Director

Dorchester Seniors, Inc.

Paul Garbarini

Garcia Williams

Executive Director

The Medi Community Resource Center

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Mattese Lecque

Retired Feddtal Government. USAR Maj 0/4

Non profit supporter

Veronica Hemmingway

Southern Lowcountry Director

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Katelyn Brewer

President and CEO

Darkness to Light

Jordan Amaker

Director of Marketing & Communications

Lowcountry Local First

Brandi Elkins

Membership Manager

Together SC

Faye Jensen

Executive Director

South Carolina Historical Society

Phyllis Martin

Executive Director

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Audrey Lane

Executive Director

E3 (Educate, Empower, Elevate)

Kaela Hammond

Program & Compliance Manager

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Amanda Lawrence

Trident United Way

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director

Berkeley County First Steps

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

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