Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Claflin University Center for Social Justice


Mission Statement 

Claflin’s Center for Social Justice embodies a number of Claflin’s guiding principles, most importantly Commitment to Valuing People. At Claflin we value people by providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment that fosters mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion.

Our Center aims

- to serve as a resource for all to unite, educate, and advocate against social injustices that impact our campus, as well as local, national, and global communities;

- to support and engage students, faculty, and staff to be transformational leaders in their communities;

- to develop innovative curriculum, encourage creative expression and thought, and cultivate programs that engage, affirm, and uplift those most impacted by systems of oppression; and

- to expand relationships and partnerships between the greater Orangeburg community, South Carolina, the United States of America, and the world. 

News Articles, Videos, and Social Media

"A Day of Reflection" 
A virtual memorial for the disproportionate number of African Americans killed while in the custody of or being pursued by law enforcement personnel.

Press release by President Warmack
The announcement of Claflin's new Center for Social Justice.

Center for Social Justice coming to Claflin University
News video and article from WLTX-19 Columbia about the new Center for Social Justice

For more information contact

Dr. Vanessa Harris


Interim Director, Claflin's Pathways From Prison Program
Academic Advisor/Coach/Assistant Professor of Education

phone: (803) 535-5370  

For more degree information visit our Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
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