Diversity Education


The Gantt Center for Student Life believes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people should be fully included and affirmed as valued community members throughout Clemson University. The SpeakOUT is a narrative tool, used to engage the Clemson community in a healthy dialogue regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Through personal story-telling, speakers share their experiences in an effort to promote knowledge, compassion, and understanding about LGBTQ people and their allies.

Clemson University students, faculty, staff, and alumni share their stories in an effort to:

  • Educate the Clemson community about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, an ally of LGBTQ people, or any related identity.
  • Provide basic facts and true-life experience about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
  • Dispel myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ people.
  • Build understanding and acceptance through open and honest dialogue.
  • Provide positive LGBTQ and allied role models.
  • Present information about LGBTQ people in a non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Request a SpeakOUT

Any Clemson student, faculty, or staff member may request a SpeakOUT. Our volunteers are happy to visit classes, student organizations, residence halls, staff trainings, or various other events. We ask for requests three weeks in advance. To fill out a form, please follow the link below:

Volunteer as a Speaker 

We welcome all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share their story with the Clemson community. We are excited to receive applications from people of all identities, and aim to comprise our panels with people representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, ally, and related identities.

All of our Speakers complete a one-time training in narrative storytelling and identity development. To apply for SpeakOUT and register for training, please fill out the follow the link below: