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The Welcome Table SC


A two-part workshop (February 6 and February 27) which includes activities that get to the root of our shared value systems and uncover the importance of understanding hierarchies of difference and ways to combat biases.

The process is spent in a large circle, and in small groups and pairs. Participants will also have time for quiet self-reflection. It's all meant to take us out of our comfort zones of everyday chaos and pragmatic behavior and actually spend time thinking about our highest hopes for each other and for our world and thinking about what commitments we might make to realize those visions.

Our approach includes three phases: reflection, connection and transformation. A variety of interactive exercises are carefully scaffolded for self-awareness and trust-building and team-building in order to achieve deeper understanding of systemic inequity and the capacity to address and undo it.

Participants will: 

  • Experience and be able to apply community building techniques
  • Be familiar with and be able to apply techniques that promote a welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Expand knowledge and understanding of history and its relationship to current concepts, issues, strategies, and outcomes


Jennifer H. Gunter, Ph.D., is the Director of the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation. She is a facilitator for the Welcome Table SC and works to help communities heal from societal divisions that have been historically embedded. Her knowledge that the key to reconciliation is rooted in an understanding of history fuels this work. Her belief that change comes from conversation helps when she co-facilitates community dialogues, convenes book club sessions and conferences, and researches new scholarship on racial reconciliation.

She received a B.A. and M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina. She is a historian who specializes in the intersections of region, gender, race, health, law, and activism.

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, she and her husband now proudly call South Carolina home.


Library staff, SLIS students and alumni


South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201

The State Library does not have public parking. Please find parking information on our website or on the City of Columbia parking map


$10 (Lunch is included. Please note that we cannot make dietary accommodations.)


FM Auditory Assistance, large print materials, and other accessibility accommodations are available by request. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the program organizer at least two weeks in advance. 

Terms and Conditions:

Registrants may pay in advance by check, at the door by cash or check, or be invoiced after the event. Make checks to South Carolina State Library, at the following address:
Attn: Finance Department
SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Please include with payment a memo including the event title and the names of staff registered.

All registrations must be completed at least 5 business days before the event. We regret that we are not able to provide refunds. If you would like to cancel your seat and you meet the deadline indicated above, please contact the Continuing Education Consultant. You may send another staff person in your place, or receive a credit for a future CE event. Anyone who does not cancel prior to 5 business days before the event will be responsible for payment for the class.

Questions about the workshop?  Contact: 

J. Caroline Smith, Inclusive Services Consultant
South Carolina State Library
(803) 734-7067


Provided in Partnership with: 

UofSC School of Library and Information ScienceAugusta Baker Chair, USC College of Information and Communications


Related LibGuide: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Libraries by J. Caroline Smith

Dates & Times:
9:30AM - 4:00PM, Thursday, February 6, 2020
9:30AM - 4:00PM, Thursday, February 27, 2020
South Carolina State Library
Learning Lab, SC State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Continuing Education
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