SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference Racial Equity and Justice Task force announced its inaugural “Unity Campaign,” which will run from Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, the league office announced Friday.
The social-media-focused campaign will feature five different themes each day of the week that will celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion and tell the stories of student-athletes, faculty and administration as the conference recognizes diversity across the league. The conference encourages the use of #SoConUnited on social media to follow along with and participate in the campaign. Although this is a one-week campaign, the task force encourages individuals to keep the conversation with peers going once the week is over.
The SoCon stands with its student-athletes, faculty and administrators in supporting all racial equity and justice efforts.
Day 1 (Monday, Jan. 25): “We are #SoConUnited”
Showcase the support for student-athletes, administration and faculty through storytelling to foster inclusive environments. This day will focus on allyship and support throughout the conference.
Day 2 (Tuesday, Jan. 26): “Speak Up, Reflect and Learn”
Focusing on dialogue, reflection and education are important steps in showing unity and support. Posts will share the stories of student-athletes, coaches and administrators while providing an opportunity to learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Day 3 (Wednesday, Jan. 27): “The Power of your Platform”
Showcase the power of student-athletes’, faculty’s and administrators’ platforms to make a difference and stand up against racial inequality and injustice. At 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, the task force is hosting a "Power of your Platform" Zoom panel, hosted by Samford's Dr. Denise Gregory.
Day 4 (Thursday, Jan. 28): “More than an Athlete”
Providing a platform for student-athletes to share their stories beyond the stats they put up on the field/court, etc. “More than an Athlete” will allow for them to talk about and share their experiences as Black student-athletes or allies. We encourage participants to think beyond race and include the whole spectrum of diversity. (gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, etc.)
Day 5 (Friday, Jan. 29): “They Did, So I Can...”
To end the week, the conference will recognize some of the trailblazers who paved the way for those who came after them. “They Did, So I Can,” will highlight the trailblazers and their accomplishments along with the Alfred White Trailblazer Recognition. In addition to being the league’s first and only Black commissioner, White was the first Black commissioner of a conference not composed primarily or exclusively of historically Black colleges and universities.
Follow along throughout the week using #SoConUnited.