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

Sustainable Development and Social Justice

The Sustainable Development and Social Justice (SDSJ) program shall be an interdisciplinary student-led joint program of Methodist University of São Paulo’s Centro De Sustentabilidade and Claflin University’s Visionary Leadership Institute. The SDSJ seeks to educate and immerse students in the theory and practice of sustainable development, social justice and leadership by partnering with communities in the developing world to research and implement sustainable initiatives for human, social, and economic development and justice.

SDSJ shall educate students about sustainable development, defined as a process combining economy, human livelihood, anthropology, political science, and principles of social and environmental justice. Students involved in the program shall attend regular meetings to discuss competing theories of economic development as well as the various political, social, and economic issues our partner communities may face given their history, geography, culture, and economy.

SDSJ shall foster direct interaction between Claflin University undergraduates and those living in developing communities in order to give students the opportunity to act in the sustainable development process with the ultimate goal of collaboratively implementing sustainable solutions to expressed needs. As interaction depends, SDSJ is able to form a Community Development Plan written conjointly by SDSJ students and community leaders.

Direct interaction and collaboration with partner communities produces a crucial sense of solidarity between students and communities. SDSJ students shall spend substantial time with families and youth conducting personal interviews in order to assess local needs on an individual basis. The sense of solidarity cultivated during all stages of the projects is fundamental to SDSJ’s effectiveness and to ensuring the longevity of our community partnerships.

Research and project management shall enable SDSJ students to develop their leadership abilities in a context similar to that of a small development NGO. Grant writing, logistical planning, fundraising, budget formation, and outreach to local NGOs are just a few of the responsibilities of SDSJ students, and this practical experience equips students with valuable skills while at the same time providing tangible, innovative development solutions to our partner communities.

SDSJ integrates undergraduates not only from diverse majors within Liberal Arts, but from across Claflin University’s various schools, combining methodologies and analytical approaches from the anthropological, political, economic, literary, cultural, and biotechnological perspectives. Regardless of career path, all SDSJ students share a noticeable motivation and passion, understanding that their work is of highest stakes, affecting sustainable, innovative change in the developing world.

International programs opportunities 

International programs opportunities are available at:

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To learn more about these programs and other study abroad opportunities at Claflin University contact:

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