Equity and Inclusion Institute: “Lifting As We Rise: The New Normal”

Friday, January 15, 2021
Virtual Event

Engaging participants in critical dialogue and action around topics of equity and inclusion within higher education. We strive to be inclusive and reflective of identities including age, culture, disability/accessibility, race and ethnicity, religion/spirituality and worldview, socioeconomic and veteran status, gender and gender expression, geographic background, sex, nationality, first-generation status, and familial status. Our goal was for participants to apply their learning to enhance their institutional/organizational climates around equity and inclusion.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Tierney J. Bates. Established as speaker, fundraiser, networker, leadership coach, and leading voice for Generation NOW! He has worked in higher education providing leadership, vision, and responsibility for strategic initiatives in diversity & inclusion, black male programs, enrollment services, fundraising, and student affairs. He is also the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of The Bates Group LLC that focuses on higher education consulting, diversity & inclusion workshops, fundraising and speakers.


Fall 2020 Drive-In Conference
“Enhancing Our Work During COVID-19”

Friday, October 2, 2020
Virtual Event

The onset of COVID-19 created a number of challenges at our colleges and universities. Recognizing the SCCPA 2020 Fall Drive-In is a wonderful professional development opportunity for full-time professionals and graduate students across the state. Our conference included fantastic educational sessions, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities for attendees. This year’s theme provided participants with the opportunity to reflect on ways higher education professionals have been enhancing their work virtually.
Our morning keynote, Supporting College Students with Mental Health Conditions in the Wake of COVID-19 was given by Michelle G. Mullen, and our afternoon keynote, Designing Friendships: Fostering Friendships and Social Connections on Campus was given by Dr. Janice McCabe.


SCCPA PRIDE: A Virtual PRIDE Happy Hour

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Virtual Event

In honor of Pride Month and recognition of our LGBTQQIP2SAA SCCPA community, a virtual PRIDE happy hour occurred on Thursday, June 25. We had an opportunity to network and fellowship with SCCPA colleagues by co-creating a space to recognize, support and uplift our LGBTQQIP2SAA community.
Viewers should recognize and respect that we held this space to celebrate and honor our past, present and future LGBTQQIP2SAA colleagues.


2020 Annual Conference
Navigating the Past, Charting the Future

Wednesday – Friday, March 11 – 13, 2020
Embassy Suites of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Celebrating our 50th anniversary, the conference theme “Navigating the Past, Charting the Future,” was chosen to not only pay tribute to all of the hard work of so many professionals over the past 50 years, but also set the tone for how we can move forward together.
We recognize the beginning of the South Carolina College Personnel Association when a group of college personnel came together in 1970 to host the very first conference in South Carolina focused on “Future Developments in Higher Education.” Delivering the keynote address was Mr. M. Hurst Marshall, Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner of Higher Education. In addition, some recommendations to be made to the state legislatures were: that the College of Charleston become a state supported institution and Winthrop College admit men. At that same meeting SCCPA president Clarice Johnson of Presbyterian College conducted a brief business meeting and it was decided a fall conference would be held in Columbia. Susan Delany gave the treasurer’s report, and SCCPA had a healthy checking account balance of $142.60!
This forward thinking group of individuals intuitively knew that much change was to be expected in higher education and they wanted to be advocates for the students in their institutions. And they were right, much has changed in the past 50 years of higher education in South Carolina. While much has been learned during the past 50 years, there is value in examining our past as a way of informing our future.


Spring 2019 Drive-In Conference
Keeping It 100: Authenticity for Our Students and Our Profession

Friday, March 29, 2019
Tri-County Technical College

The 2019 SCCPA Spring Drive-In Conference provided an opportunity for professionals, faculty and students from our state to come together to discuss how current trends in higher education and the world are impacting our work as student affairs practitioners. Our goal for the conference was to create space for dialogue on ways we can remain authentic– to ourselves, our institutions, our profession and our students– in the midst of the challenges we are facing on our campuses today. 
Our keynote address, “Remaining Optimistic in Troubled Waters,” was given by Dr. B. Danine Fleming, Associate Professor and Director of Training and Intercultural Education at the Medical University of South Carolina.


Coffee & Conversation: Food Insecurity in Higher Education

Friday, March 29, 2019
Virtual Event

SCCPA worked to leverage virtual resources to include as many participants as we could using the video conferencing platform, GoToWebinar for this year’s Coffee & Conversation. 
Seeking to create a space for everyone around the state to learn more about what each other are doing to address food insecurity on their campuses.


Equity and Inclusion Institute: Breaking the Barrier

Friday, January 11, 2019
OLLI (OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE) Clemson, SC

Engaging participants in critical dialogue and action around topics of equity and inclusion within higher education. We strive to be inclusive and reflective of identities including age, culture, disability/accessibility, race and ethnicity, religion/spirituality and worldview, socioeconomic and veteran status, gender and gender expression, geographic background, sex, nationality, first-generation status, and familial status. Our goal was for participants to apply their learning to enhance their institutional/organizational climates around equity and inclusion.
Our guest speaker was Bryant Smith. Bryant is a former student leader, a former Greek advisor, as well as a founding board member of the Palmetto Team Youth Association, founder and creator of “Life Station” male development seminar and “The Remix Hip Hop Leadership Institute”. He is a distinguished faculty member for the  “Am I My Brothers Keeper?” annual conference and is recognized across the country as an expert in leadership and diversity training, student success, male development, and personal empowerment.


2018 Annual SACSA Conference with NASPA Region III and SCCPA
Meet Us at the B.E.A.C.H.!

Saturday – Monday, November 3 – 5, 2018
Myrtle Beach, SC

The 2018 Annual SACSA Conference with NASPA Region III and SCCPA focused on “Building ways to Educate, Advocate, Cultivate, and Heighten our purpose in Student Affairs.”


Spring 2018 Drive-In Conference
“We the People, Facing a Climate of Change on Campus”

Friday, April 13, 2018
College of Charleston Low Country Graduate Center, Charleston, SC

“An open society depends on liberal education, and the whole enterprise of liberal education is founded on the principle of free speech…” American Civil Liberties Union
Higher Education campuses have always been venues for growth, learning, social discourse, and expanding thought. Now, more than ever, this proves to be the case. But what if the opinions of others challenge the values of our institution or our own personal values? Most, if not all of us, at some point have been faced with an issue on our campuses that challenges our thinking. There is always a point and counterpoint to be delivered. Some points may be more palatable than others, but facing the uncomfortable issues is what helps us to grow as a campus community.


Fall 2017 Drive-In Conference
Meet in the Middle: Create, Motivate, Activate

Monday, September 25, 2017
Hendrix Student Center, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Each year campus communities grow more and more diverse, providing a college experience and creating a campus community that is increasingly more brilliant and vibrant. This drive-in conference was designed for participants to learn and share best practices for meeting stakeholders in the middle – by providing an opportunity to motivate and propel us all into action. All professionals and graduate students, from all experience levels and backgrounds, were invited to meet in the middle and join the conversations at the fall drive-in conference.


Coffee & Conversation: Food Insecurity in Higher Education

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Virtual Event

Coming from the Breed Leadership Center at Columbia College. Attendees engaged with a panel discussing Women in Leadership in Higher Education. 

Panel participants were:
– Teresa Johnson Ramey, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Francis Marion University
– Dr. Almeda R. Jacks, VP for Student Affairs at Clemson University
– Krista L. Newkirk, J.D., President at Converse College
– Melissia Brannen, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Resources at Columbia College
– Carolyn R. Snell, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development and Services and Director of Career Development at Claflin University


Spring 2017 Drive-In Conference
Integrity & Ethics in Higher Education

Friday, April 21, 2017
Russell House University Union, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

SCCPA partnered with the South Carolina Chapter of NODA (Association for Orientation, Transition, Retention in Higher Education) to co-sponsor the Spring 2017 Drive-In. Sessions and speakers focused on the importance of integrity and ethics in higher education. Sessions varied and appealed to graduate students, new professionals and seasoned professionals.


2016 Annual Conference
Bridging the Gap: Explore, Enrich, Expand

Wednesday – Friday, October 19 – 21, 2016
Charleston, SC


Spring 2016 Drive-In Conference
In Pursuit Of…

Friday, April 8, 2016
Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

This one-day conference focused on new and mid-level professionals in pursuit of enlightening educational sessions and conversations in regards to current topics and issues in student affairs.
A CSAO Summit was also hosted by the SCCPA Presidents during the morning program. The Summit allowed for networking with other CSAOs and engagement in roundtable discussions about CSAO’s interactions with relevant topics and issues in our profession.


2015 Annual SCCPA Conference with SACSA and NASPA Region III

Saturday – Monday, October 31 – November 2, 2015
Greenville, SC