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.

Recognized AAFSC Scholarships:

  • Dr. Joseph E. Heyward Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Dorothy M. Harris Scholarship Fund
  • Ms. Rebecca S. Lunn Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Leroy “Pete” Peterson Scholarship Fund
  • Mrs. Yvonne G. Davis Community Service Scholarship Fund
  • Mrs. Alfreda Campbell-Wilson Scholarship Fund
  • Mrs. Linda M. Sullen Scholarship Fund

Conversation #1

Slavery’s Legacy, Past and Future

with Dr. Erica Edwards and Dr. Louis Venters

Monday, October 18, 2021

Conversation #2

Bordering Democracy: Racial and Class Inequality in Access to Political and Public Squares

Dr. Jennifer Titanski-Hooper and Dr. Dillon Tatum

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The location for this Conversation has been changed to the Palmetto Room at Ervin Dining Hall on the FMU Main Campus.

The date and time remain the same.

Conversation #3

Hair Like Mine

with Dr. Shayna Wrighten

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Conversation #4

Development, race, and ethnicity: The differences known

with Dr. Teresa Herzog

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Cultural Conversations will take place

at the FMU Performing Arts Center in Downtown Florence

Conversations are from Noon to 1:30pm
Each conversation will be 45 minutes for the presentation with 15-20 minutes reserved for a Q&A portion.

A virtual option is available for for those who wish to attend online. The live stream link will be emailed out prior to each session. Please register below.

Continuing Education Credits

FMU is pleased to offer participants an opportunity to receive Continuing Education credits. Participants will receive 1.5 CEU’s for each event.
Participants that attend all four events will receive 6 CEU’s. Please select the CE option on the registration form.

Join us for the Cultural Conversation live streams on the event dates at Noon.

Join the conversation, register today!

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 $25.00 and may be paid by check, cash or money order.  Please make payable to “FMU AAFSC”

The AAFSC Diversity Award

The Diversity Award was established in February 2009 to honor a permanent, full-time employee of Francis Marion University who works diligently to promote ethnic understanding and diversity across the FMU campus.  The award recognizes the faculty and staff member’s commitment to diversity at the University and community at large.  This award, which carries a beautiful plaque, is presented at the annual AAFSC Banquet/Gala.

The following criteria have been established:

  1. The recipient must be a full-time permanent employee of Francis Marion University
  2. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting diversity for a sustained period of time, exercising sound judgment and character in their work. Community service activities will also be considered.
  3. New nominations are required each year. Nominations may be made by any administrative, faculty, or staff member at FMU. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  4. Nominations must meet the established deadline and should be made on the nomination form. Supporting materials, such as campus involvement, service on committees, and community activities should be included with the nomination form.
  5. Nominations will be judged by a committee appointed by the President of the Coalition.
  6. Past winners will not be eligible to receive the award a second time.

Past Winners:

  • 2010 – Dr. Rebecca Lawson
  • 2011 – Dr. Louis Venters
  • 2012 – Ms. Angela Crosland
  • 2013 – Dr. Rhonda M. Brogdon
  • 2014 – Ms. Yvonne Davis
  • 2015 – Mrs. Crystal L. Graham
  • 2016 – Dr. Will Wattles
  • 2017 – Mr. Jason H. Owens
  • 2018 – Dr. Ruth A. Wittmann-Price
  • 2019 – Dr. Shayna A. Wrighten
  • 2020 – Dr. Erica James
  • 2021 – Dr. David Brauss

Current Officers

Linda Sullen


Kayla Duncan

Vice President

Bernadette Johnson


Dennis Sullen


Steven C. Sims