SSM Diversity Enhancement Fund

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Established to enhance diversity among the faculty, staff, and students in the School of Sciences and Mathematics. These funds are used at the discretion of the Dean to support diversity recruitment, retention, and education initiatives related to race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, beliefs, or other ideologies depending on the need of the department.

The fund is used to support a variety of initiatives related to enhancing diversity in science, math, engineering, and computing programs at the College of Charleston, including but not limited to:

  • Supporting faculty, student, and staff diversity recruitment and retention events, travel, and offers
  • Providing scholarships that attract academically prepared students from diverse backgrounds
  • Funding research assistantships that populate faculty research labs with a diversity of students
  • Supporting SC Alliance for Minority Participation (SCAMP) activities and similar STEM programs at The College
  • Providing scholarly travel support for students, faculty and staff to attend and/or present at diversity-related conferences in the STEM fields
  • Assisting with international study abroad opportunities that enable College of Charleston students to experience diverse cultures
  • Promoting exchange-related programs which bring a diversity of international students and faculty to the School of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Providing preparation and guidance towards graduate and professional school to assist the College in diversifying the nation’s STEM workforce

Donate Online Now

To donate online to the SSM Diversity Enhancement Fund, click HERE and choose "SSM Diversity Enhancement Fund" from the drop-down. For more information and options for contributing to this fund, please contact Lauren Van Buskirk, Office: 843.953.5532, Cell: 843.494.2329, Email:


The following faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the School of Sciences and Mathematics have contributed to this fund (* indicates support level is at or above $1,000; ** at or above $10,000; *** at or above $100,000)

Companies and Organzations: High Purity Standards

Alumni and Friends of SSM: Semmy Purewal**, Roberta and Robert Krauss* (in honor of Gabby Krauss '20), Naresh and Monica Emmanuel* (in honor of Shefali Emmanuel '20), Robin Leonard, Joynicole Martinez**, Jessica and Don Taylor*

SSM Board of Advocates: Tom McKenna*, Sylleste Davis*, Neil Draisin*, Lee Fryland*, Connie Hayes*, Susan Hilsman*, Mitchell Leverette, Angela Lindner***, Steve Swanson*, Lori Lyles*, Paul Sandifer*

Dean's Office: Jim Deavor, Karen Eippert, David Johnston, Mini Narayanan, Maria Philpot, Sebastian van Delden*, Lauren Van Buskirk

Biology Department: Christine Byrum, Courtney Murren, Shanon Dooley, Heather Fullerton, Seth Pritchard, Matt Rutter, Gorka Sancho

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department: Jay Forsythe, Kate Mullaugh

Computer Science Department: Lancie Affonso, Bill Manaris, Raymond and Rebecca Utz, Jonathan Sun, Christine Moore, Xenia Mountrouidou, Renee McCauley

Geology and Environmental Geosciences Department: Erin Beutel, Tim Callahan, Vijay Vulava

Mathematics: Sofia Agrest, Liz Jurisich, Alex Kasman, Robert Mignone, Garrett Mitchener, Kate Owens, Dinesh Sarvate

Physics and Astronomy: Joe Carson, Chris Fragile, Narayanan Kuthirummal, Lee Lindner, Ana Oprisan