Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, former provost, and Dr. Lee A. Vickers, former president of Francis Marion University, signed the charter agreement that established the FMU African American Faculty and Staff Coalition on February 24, 1995.

Our purpose is to stimulate and enhance cultural awareness, to promote professional development and welfare among faculty, staff and students. Our goals include increasing morale, and communication among members; to create an atmosphere of community for FMU African American faculty, staff and students; serve as a liaison between the administrative personnel of FMU and the African American faculty and staff; and to examine the university’s efforts in recruitment and retention of African American faculty and staff because we play a vital role in contributing to the educational growth of minority students.

We feel that we have a responsibility to provide guidance, support and financial assistance to qualifying FMU African American students.

With the support and encouragement of President L. Fred Carter, the FMU Administration, our ardent members, and faithful supporters we are able to award four named scholarships. Given the assistance of generous donors we’ve been able to increase the number of our scholarships.

Our motto, “Together We Can” puts truth into action.


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Conversation #1

Microaggressions vs. Macroaggressions

Why They Are Important

with Dr. Will Wattles

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Conversation #2

Changes in African American race relations in Florence

over-time and how to create an inclusive

environment for People of Color

with Dr. Joe Heyward, Dr. Erica James

and Dr. Antonio Cooper

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Conversation #3

Native American Racial Injustices,
Issues and SES Disparities

with Dr. Kiley Molinari

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Conversation #4

Racial issues and injustices facing

the Hispanic & Asian American communities

and how we can work to be inclusive

with Dr. Todd Couch

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Cultural Conversations Resources & References

Dr. Will Wattles presents “Microaggressions vs. Macroaggressions & Why They’re Important”

Click here to view the Cultural Conversation.

Resources provided by Dr. Will Wattles that relate to Conversation #1.


The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore

The Warmth of Other Suns. Isabel Wilkerson

Devil in the Grove, Gilbert King

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Bridge to Brilliance, Nadia Lopez

The New Jim Crow, Michele Alexander

Mirror to America, John Hope Franklin

Whistling Vivaldi, Claude Steele

Join the Cultural Conversations Book Club! 

These three videos are one of many examples of mistreatment of African-Americans by police.

What the victims have in common is that they had done nothing wrong. Nothing.

Please be aware that these videos contain disturbing content.

William Wingate

Fairly Family

Tamir Rice

Former FMU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Heyward, FMU assistant professors of Psychology Drs. Erica James and Antonio Cooper present “Changes in African American Race Relations in Florence Over Time and How to Create an Inclusive Environment for People of Color.”

Click here to view the Cultural Conversation.

Dr. Kiley Molinari presents “Native American Racial Injustices, Issues and SES Disparities.”

Click here to view the Cultural Conversation.

FMU assistant professor of Sociology, Dr. Todd Couch, presents “Racial Issues and Injustices Facing the Hispanic and Asian American Communities and How We Can Work to be Inclusive.”

Click here to view the Cultural Conversation.

Interested in joining the Coalition?

The AAFSC is committed to the advancement of our organization through an increase in membership and the encouragement of participation among our current members. We invite you to join us because together, we can:

  • Educate all people about the rich culture, history, and accomplishments of African Americans.
  • Increase morale, fellowship, and communication among our members through special events, educational seminars, and professional development.
  • Initiate opportunities and special projects for African American students that will aid in their development as scholars and future leaders.
  • Commit to the advancement of undergraduate students through scholarship funds.

Annual membership dues are $15.00 and may be paid by check, cash or money order.  Please make payable to “FMU AAFSC”

Current Officers

Linda Sullen


Kayla Duncan

Vice President

Bernadette Johnson


Dennis Sullen


Steven C. Sims