SC State’s Honors Program and Golden Key International Honors Society Host Courageous Conversation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

When most students matriculate to college, they have several questions. These inquires and other issues that students are faced with were discussed recently during “Courageous Conversations,” a program hosted by SC State University’s Honors Program and Golden Key International Honors Society.

“Courageous Conversations,” held every third Thursday of the month, will be used to promote healthy, comfortable and positive environments for students to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings about complex issues. “The programwas implemented so that students can have the opportunity to speak about sensitive situations that are affecting their everyday lives, such as roommate problems and how to have effective communication within relationships,” said Mary White, administrative specialist for the Honors Program. “This opportunity will support students with developing relationships by utilizing communication. Communication is the best policy,” she continued.

Juan Maultsby, program coordinator for the Honors Program, echoed that sentiment. Courageous Conversations”is a platform for students to discuss topics that are banned from classrooms in an engaging, relaxed and comfortable environment,” said Maultsby.

November’s topic was Sex, Love and Lies”, focusing onunhealthy and healthy relationships among college students. The guest panelist was Dr. Carol Apt, professor of sociology at SC State. Also on the panel was Mark Anthony Brailsford, Sr., an alumnus of SC State who served 16 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Military Army and later served in Desert Storm and Somalia.  The student panelists were Kadeem Bartley, Jernai Ellis, Chassidy Hinton, Darius Louallen, Sheila Mainor and Markia Randle. These students are members of the Honors Program and Golden Key International Honors Society.

Each member of the Honors Program and Golden Key International Honors Society will have the opportunity to be a panelist. Louallen, a junior mathematics education major, stated that “Courageous Conversations” will give students the opportunity to help each other out and offer advice to our peers about the different issues that we face. “This is a very positive event,” said Louallen. “The more we continue to expose things like this, the more we can tap into what students are dealing with.”

“This was the perfect time for me and my peers to share and receive information relative to the issues that we are facing, providing us with people that we can relate to, people that have gone through the same situations and are currently going through those situations,” said Chantel Knowling, a senior political science/ pre- law major at SC State. “I will definitely attend “Courageous Conversations” next semester,” she continued.

Students, faculty, staff and individuals from the community are encouraged to attend the next “Courageous Conversations.” The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, and the topic will be “Sex, Love and Lies Part II.

For additional information about “Courageous Conversations,” contact Juan Maultsby at (803)516-4610, or Mary White at (803)533-3710.