Kicking off Creed Week: 25 years of the Carolinian Creed
Dr. John Dozier, the guest speaker for the luncheon, says there must be consistency in what we say and what we do, and that the Creed makes that possible.
Erin Kitchel helped organize the event and says the Creed is worth celebrating because it helps the community talk about their shared values.
by Patrick Conroy
On Monday, a luncheon was held in the Hollings Library on USC campus to celebrate the Carolinian Creed turning twenty-five years old, and to kick off this year's Creed and Diversity Week.
The luncheon was attended by USC students and faculty, and featured a guest speaker; Dr. John Dozier, the Chief Diversity Officer at USC.
"The Carolinian Creed articulates our values as a university community," said Dr. Dozier. "These values speak to both the type of community that we are, as well as the type of community that we will continually strive to be."
The guests were then invited to discuss among themselves their personal experiences with the Creed, and what it meant to them.
"For me, it's not just the tenets, it's a way of life," said Emily Tedesco, a student at the luncheon. "So it's something that you can abide by while you're here, while you're a gamecock...and also once you graduate."
Erin Kitchel, Coordinator for Student Conduct and Outreach, says that it is important to celebrate the Creed because it helps students connect with each other, and teaches them to collaborate with each other.
"It really is an aspirational document," Erin said. "It's what we all want to aspire to do and live out every day. Most generally, you treat someone with respect every day, so you're living the Creed whether you know it or not, and that's pretty cool."