Lessons from the Sea Islands: Integrating Cultural Experiential Learning Activities into Curricula

Thursday, September 28, 2023
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.

Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 



When you design your course, do you wonder whether you could be doing more to include cultural or community-based learning experiences? Do you wish you knew more about local cultural communities in South Carolina? In this interactive workshop, lessons from the Sea Islands will be explored including various examples of integrative and experiential learning activities. Participants will discuss and collaboratively craft a cultural or community-based learning experience, and the session will conclude with a formal question-and-answer session focused on addressing specific challenges participants have encountered when designing their course(s).

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in
Integrative and Experiential Learning.


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Ebony Toussaint
Teaching Faculty
Institute for Southern Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Ebony Toussaint is teaching faculty in the Institute for Southern Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition to teaching about Gullah Geechee history and culture she is the founding director of G Is For Gullah, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, where her authored children's book fund cultural preservation efforts and provides educational opportunities for Gullah Geechee youth interested in studying in the biomedical sciences or health professions. Ebony earned her Ph.D. in Health Services Research at the University of Maryland (UMD) while completing training at their Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. She has designed and taught several courses since 2016. This fall she is teaching Kumbaya: A Historical View of Gullah Geechee Culture through Storytelling (SOST 298) and History of Health Services in the American South (SOST 500).