OUR STORY

 STARTING THE CONVERSATION  - ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION - September 2015

  • 350 diverse leaders and citizens came together to engage one-on-one about community relations and development in South Carolina.
  • First Step in the Systems Approach to Community Relations and Development

The Institute for Community Development was formed at the College of Charleston shortly after the "Emanuel 9" mass shooting and hate crime tragedy occured on June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC when a South Carolina citizen, shot and killed nine parishoners as he sat with them during a Bible study class.

The Institute for Community Development was created to introduce a new approach to promoting engagement among diverse people and stakeholders in order to address the contributors to the quality of community life and how best to translate diversity and inclusion social and economic opportunity for residents of Charleston, and beyond to all of South Carolina.

OUR FIRST EVENTS

A Community Enhancement Coalition was formed at that time made up of private and public secotor partners to establish a new process that supports community relations and development in the State of South Carolina, which the group called the Quality of Community Life Initiative.  << Learn More>>

Original Community Enhancement Coalition Partners

 ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION  - MANAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCES 
June 2016
  • Charleston Minor League baseball team, the RiverDogs hosted a full stadium of local citizens and diverse leaders to Advance the Conversation.
  • After this second succesful event it was recommended to create an Annual Conference wherein participants could experience the entire Systems Approach process in one sitting.
2017   SOUTH CAROLINA COMMUNTIY RELATIONS & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE  
May 5-6, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS