On November 21, the College of Charleston’s Student Ambassadors, Office of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Student Programs and Services partnered up with Cuts and Conversations to hold their second Cuts and Conversations event at the College of Charleston.
The Cuts and Conversations organization was created by Dr. Jerez Mitchell and Dr. Warrnetta Mann back in 2017. The two travel to different universities, providing minority males a safe space where they can talk about various subjects and feel comfortable.
The first 25 attendees that registered for the event received free haircuts.
Charleston City Paper’s DJ of the Year, DJ Scrib provided the music for the night.
Students and faculty discussed various topics about their lives on campus.
Students felt comfortable expressing themselves in the barber shop type of environment.
“One of the biggest takeaways was just really the comfort that I felt being able to express my ideas, express how I feel about being here on a PWI campus,” said sophomore Communication major Kevin Gadsen.
This event gave minority students the sense that they have a community space where they can see and talk to the people of similar background. People that can actually understand some of the things they are going through. Attendees felt that this type of event is important to have because it serves as a safe space for minority male students and also help to create a community for them here on campus.
“Because I am a barber, in addition to working at the College, I know the barber shop is a cornerstone in African American, Latino, Asian, minority communities. Programs like this and what we’re trying to accomplish says to minority students that the College really cares about going into their communities and finding things that are important to them and bring it to this campus,” said barber and Associate Director of Admissions Kenyatta Grimmage.
“Not only could they come out of here looking good with a nice haircut, and get a lot of the questions answered, they can realize that they have allies on this campus among one another. And get some mentors and accountability partners from this experience.”
“I think it is something that is very necessary and is important for this campus to be able to have something like this where we can all come together as minority males,” said Grimmage
For more information about Cuts and Conversations, go to www.cutsandconversations.com