[image-1] Today, the College of Charleston announced its Call to Action Week, which kicks off on Sat. March 9 and runs through Thurs. March 14. The week features a series of events with a focus on activism, wellness, and empowering women.

Last year we interviewed local yoga instructor, Kennae Miller, of Transformation Yoga, for a story on self-care. Miller pointed to the importance of practicing self-care as a person of color; this year Miller is part of Saturday’s Be Well Expo, where she’ll teach an all-levels yoga class. [content-1] The Be Well Expo, held from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on College of Charleston’s North Campus, features Miller’s class as well as panels, breakouts, and a wellness village.

Events for the rest of the week include a talk by “Superwomen who Inspire Us” where attendees will hear from from S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter on Mon. March 11 at the Alumni Center; an activism lunch and learn in the Stern Student Center on Tues. March 12; a campus communities fair on Wed. March 13 on George Street; and the screening of RBG on Thurs. March 14 in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s birthday (which falls on the following day).

Call to Action Week is presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Counseling Center, the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Department of Political Science, the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and CofC College Democrats.

Kimberly Gailliard, program coordinator of the Office of Institutional Diversity, says that this week is designed to show students the many avenues they have to get involved in social justice work. “Some may feel comfortable protesting while others may feel more at home voting or working within the system,” she says.

Thursday’s announcement comes as Interim College of Charleston President Stephen Osborne said in a letter to campus community that the school was investigating a social media post showing students making racist comments about slavery while on a school trip. [content-3]

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