SAMPLE STRUCTURE FOR LEARNING EXCHANGES UNDER CONSTRUCTION
April 2009 & 2010
RSC Team: SCSU Professors: Community Members: RSC Members:
Gwylene Gallimard Kim LeDee Ms. Ali Omari Fox
Ebony Golden Delvina Wescott Ms. Ruth Latonnya Wallace
Hope Clark Frank Martin
Shon Sims Ellen Zisholtz
(Ebony Golden, Shon Sims, Kim LeDee, Hope Clark)
Kim LeDee and Delvina Wescott organized an Arts Festival at SCSU and asked RSC to come and help ‘Bridge the Gap’ between the University and the Community. Research about the community involved reading about the Orangeburg Massacre that occurred in 1968. http://www.orangeburgmassacre1968.com/
In 2010 a play was written about the subject by a SCSU student and was produced. Some excerpts of the play. http://www.thetandd.com/vmix_8da1f170-d193-11df-9128-001cc4c03286.html
We opened the Learning Exchange workshop by recognizing this history and honoring the living Cleveland Sellers. It took 23 years for him to be pardoned for inciting a riot at a non-violent protest in 1968. Sellers is now an African American studies professor at South Carolina University.
Learning Exchange vs. Workshop
Gwylene Gallimard: “We must think of the multiplicity of audiences when we deal with partnerships, gaps or space in between, building bridges.”
“I realized the Learning Exchange was the whole experience of visiting Orangeburg and SCSU. The conversations that I had as a visitor felt as important as the pre-planned activities exchanged in the day-long workshop” – Hope Clark
The workshop started by looking at the brainstorming session we had at a previous breakfast about what the community and the university may do together.