School of Education

Activities for Initiative 3

  • 2013-14 Activities for Initiative 3

    1. The Clemson University’s Call Me Mister program, nationally recognized program continues to recruit diverse candidates (African-American males teaching in K-12 schools), and expanding its efforts to other universities in the country.
    2. Recruitment efforts through the SoE Graduate Admissions office and Access and diversity offices (participating in the Palmetto PhD Project and Fellowships) continue to expand their recruitment of students from underrepresented populations, and international students into our graduate programs.
    3. The ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University continues to provide education for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus.
  • 2012-13 Activities for Initiative 3

    1. Moore Scholars program was developed:
    2. Disability Services Office provided information to new SoE faculty about their office and services available to students.
    3. TE faculty had a discussion about how to recruit more minority candidates through conferences, colleges and universities, and professional publications.
    4. Recruitment efforts through the SoE Graduate Coordinator’s office included participating in the conditional acceptance process for international students, issuing application fee waivers to minority students, participating in the Palmetto PhD Project, participating in Call Me MISTER activities, and involving current students in underrepresented populations in the recruitment and orientation process.
      The graduate degree seeking enrollment data for minority students in the SoE demonstrated an increase of 22.1% over the previous year (N=116). It should be noted that an additional 24 students did not disclose their race. This doubles the increase noted by the rest of the graduate population at Clemson University (10.3%) over the same time period. In addition, the current minority enrollment is an increase of 44.3% of the previous 5-year average.
    5. Student Organizations (may consist of undergrad and graduate students)
    6. Chief Diversity Office
      The Chief Diversity Office conducts the following activities to retain and recruit students of color.
      • Sponsor an annual welcome/information reception for faculty and graduate students of color and a similar reception for new undergraduates and parents
      • Sponsor a faculty development workshop for pre-tenured faculty and graduate students of color each semester
      • Coordinate the Minority Student Success Initiative Program which provides monthly education and career networking sessions for minority undergraduates and graduate students
      • Fund a graduate fellowship program to support doctoral graduate students of color
      • Conducted a two campus climate studies to collect the opinions, perceptions and experiences of undergraduate students (all students) regarding the culture and climate of the university
      • Assist LGBT students, staff and faculty develop an present a proposal to establish an LGBT Task Force on the Clemson campus
      • Sponsors a matching Clemson scholarship with the Greenville Hispanic Women’s Association
      • Sponsors an annual MLK, Jr. Scholarship for a Greenville County High School student
      • Several Rudolph Canzater matching scholarships are provided each year to undergraduate new students of color. These scholarships are funded in part by the Congressman James Clyburn Foundation
      • Established a need based diversity grant for undergraduate students of color
      • Fund a graduate student fellowship program
      • Work with Juan Gilbert (Human Centered Computing) to assist BGSA in implementing a graduate recruitment visitation program during the spring semester for graduate student prospects of color.
      • The CDO speaks annually to prospective new students and parents of students of color at Experience Clemson a visitation program sponsored by the Clemson Admissions Office
      • The CDO also provides administrative support for the Emerging Scholars Program
    7. Office of Access and Equity
      • Diversity Fellowship Committee – Provide financial assistance to graduate students of color
      • Administrators Look Inside Clemson – Recruit graduate students of color through established networks with HBCUs
      • Emerging Scholars Program – Provide opportunities for high school students in the low-country of SC with college preparation activities
      • MSSI – Host monthly events to expose students to resources available to ensure academic and developmental success
      • Investigate and resolve student complaints of harassment/discrimination involving faculty and staff
      • Emerging Scholars Grant in Aid program – Provide financial assistance to ES students who attend Clemson
      • BGSA – Provide financial support to organization to attend NBGSA Conference
      • CBSU – Provide financial support and advice to undergraduate student organization to help with activities
      • Professional Development – Provide financial assistance to graduate students to present research at conferences
    8. Clemson Black Alumni Council
      Their mission is to:
      • Serve as an advisory group to the Clemson University Alumni Association by conveying the Black Alumni perspective to the Association from a variety of backgrounds and locations which will assist the Association in providing higher quality programs and services to all it members
      • Create, develop, and/or sponsor programs, services, and events to serve the minority constituency and increase their interest in and support of Clemson University
      • Create and develop programs and/or services that meet the needs of minority students as they prepare to become alumni and to encourage them to develop a lifelong connection with their university
      • Encourage minority graduates to pursue leadership roles within the University's volunteer network;
      • Participate in Minority student recruitment
      • Promote, support and provide stewardship for the Harvey Gantt and other minority scholarship opportunities and increase total alumni donor participation and annual contributions
      • Assist the Alumni Association in achieving its mission of serving, involving, and informing our alumni, current and future students, and friends of the University
      Activities that they conduct and/or participate in:
      • Homecoming Reunion Weekend
      • High School Receptions Recruitment Events
      • Experience Clemson
      • Minority Student Send-off Parties
      • Harvey Gantt Scholars Reception
      • Clemson Alumni Association Meetings
      • Leadership Clemson and Alumni Recognition Events
      • Prowl and Growl
      • Senior Gift Event
      • Fundraising Events to support Minority Scholarships and CBAC Programming.
      • Career Networking Forum and Roundtable Events
      • Tailgating and Road Trips
    9. The Office of International Affairs has been renamed as The Office of Global Engagement
    10. The Office of International Affairs celebrated the International Education Week from November 12-16. 
    11. The Chief Diversity Office hosted Clemson Alumni Networking Event in November 2012. This event was co-sponsored by the Clemson Black Alumni Council (CBAC) based on the indication by MSSI (Minority Student Success Initiative) that students of color wanted to meet more faculty of color. More than 100 students attended this event.
    12. The Chief Diversity Office hosted a Panel Discussion Entitled “Through the Decades:  The Student Experience at Clemson Since Integration”. Alumni who graduated in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s shared their experiences as Clemson students and talked about how Clemson has changed since Harvey Gantt’s enrollment in 1963. The discussion can be viewed online at for those who could not attend the program in person.
    13. The Chief Diversity Office hosted a Lecture Series entitled “Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the Persistence of the Color Line in America” on November 2012 7:00 at Hendrix Ballroom A. The Lecture was presented by Joyce Baugh Ph.D, (Class of ’81), a Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University.
    14. The Chief Diversity Office hosted a Lecture Series entitled “An Eyewitness Account of Harvey Gantt’s Enrollment at Clemson” in October 2012 at Brackett Hall Auditorium. The Lecture was presented by Cecil Williams, a civil rights movement photojournalist, author and publisher.
    15. The Chief Diversity Office hosted a Lecture Series entitled “The Idea of Race” presented by Michael L. Blakey, PhD, a National Endowment for the Humanities professor at the College of William & Mary and Director of the Institute for Historical Biology. The Lecture was held in October 2012 at Strom Thurmond Institute Self Auditorium.
    16. The Chief Diversity Office announced diversity incentive grant funds in November 2012 for up to $3,500 to support special and unique learning opportunities for Clemson students.  The award was to support educational initiatives or projects which heighten an awareness, understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and people.
    17. Sharon Nagy, an associate professor of anthropology and director of study-abroad programs at DePaul University, joined Clemson University as vice provost for international affairs. She is charged with providing campus-wide leadership for all international programs and services and to develop new strategies and opportunities to internationalize Clemson’s curriculum.
    18. Three EDL doctoral students were named Jackson Scholars through UCEA, connecting with other doctoral students of color to support their progress toward careers in academia:
  • 2011-12 Activities for Initiative 3

    1. Clemson has entered into a partnership with University of Phoenix to offer two minority scholarships for Call Me Mister. Call Me Mister also received donations from Wells Fargo and Duke Energy.
    2. The Disability Services Office provided information about their services to the Academic Success Center to share at new student orientations, participates in information fairs and all Q&A sessions available to new students, offered workshops throughout the year that are open to anyone, and work closely with parking services, CAT bus, and general diversity initiatives on campus.
    3. During their counselor breakfasts, the Undergraduate Admissions Office provided diversity profile information to high school counselors and involves a diverse student panel.
    4. All newly-admitted undergraduate students were sent a letter from Leon Wiles, Chief Diversity Officer, through the admissions office, introducing himself and his office in general and welcoming them to Clemson.
    5. Recruitment efforts through the SoE Graduate Admissions included attending two recruitment fairs (Furman and Lander) where diverse students participated, being involved in the Look Inside Clemson Program (recruiting minority graduate students), recommending three doctoral students for Diversity Fellowships, participating in Call Me Mister activities, issuing application fee waivers to some minority students, participating in the Palmetto PhD Project (recruiting diverse doctoral students), and establishing conditional acceptance for international students.
    6. The SoE Graduate Admissions office provided SoE graduate student minority enrollment data: N=98 (32.8% increase over previous five year average). These numbers reflect only enrolled graduate students (data collected from the CU Factbook and Data Center).
    7. At the AERA, 2012 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Advancing Research on Underrepresented Ethnic Populations in Education Institute introduced advanced graduate students and early career scholars to the fundamentals of conducting research on African Americans and Latinos in education. To accomplish the objectives of the institute, the Charles H. Houston Center collaborated with scholars around the country to implement this educational and professional development opportunity. During the institute, advanced graduate students and early career scholars worked directly with established researchers on questions and methods that inform studies on underrepresented ethnic populations in education.
    8. The Black Graduate Student Association has planned a graduate student workshop/conference to occur in the late fall 2012 or early spring 2013 for undergraduate juniors and seniors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to encourage them to consider Clemson for their graduate studies. The event will provide an opportunity for the School of Education to collaborate in hosting workshops about the degree programs, and potentially identifying candidates out of the attendees.
    9. Clemson’s Admissions Office sponsored an Experience Clemson Day to provide an opportunity for admitted African American students and parents to visit Clemson and interact with representatives from the academic colleges, financial aid, the chief diversity office, and student affairs.
    10. The Chief Diversity Office has partnered with the Columbia Urban League, the Association of Hispanic American Women (AHAM), the CU Hispanic Task Force, the 100 Black Men of America, and area churches to participate in college fairs to recruit underrepresented students. A scholarship has been established with AHAM.
    11. A Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamer Scholarship has been established with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Weekend Committee to attract talented underrepresented students to Clemson University.
    12. Ally Training’s mission is to make Clemson University a more welcoming and inclusive place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning [LGBTQ] students, faculty, and staff. Ally Training aims to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTQ issues and to train allies to stand with, and advocate for, LGBTQ people.  There were two sessions in the Fall 2011 that had a total of 54 participants, one session in the Spring of 2012 that had 18 participants.
    13. The Clemson Gay Straight Alliance [CGSA] is a group of open-minded students, faculty and staff who have come together to share their support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer [LGBTQ] Community. CGSA's primary goal is to create a stronger and more inclusive Clemson Family. Everyone is welcome at CGSA, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. All that is needed is a desire to make friends and create a more friendly and welcoming campus. CGSA's activities are focused on increasing dialogue with and across the LGBTQ community and raising awareness to LGBTQ issues throughout campus.  The group meets each Thursday and has a Facebook page. 
    14. Good Talk seeks to bring together staff members in the Division of Student Affairs and University Faculty to engage around topics which influence our communities and are relevant to understanding and facilitating dialogue. This ten-week experience offered an opportunity for personal reflection and growth, conversations across and about difference, and the development of a social justice knowledge base that will assist in facilitating dialogue with Clemson students. This occurred in the Fall 2011 and had 28 participants and nine facilitators. 
    15. IMPACT is a four-day experience where incoming freshmen and transfer students are met with the opportunity to explore leadership and community engagement. Participants spent time learning through community service, workshops, small group dialogue, a challenge course, reflection and interaction with campus leaders. The vision of IMPACT is that incoming students engage with each other and the community to create a positive, sustainable change… making an impact on others. This took August 16-19, 2011, and had 37 participants and six facilitators. 
    16. Palmetto Ph.D. Project’s mission was to encourage and prepare underrepresented students in South Carolina to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of education. Thus, the program was designed for South Carolinians who do not currently have a doctoral degree and who wish to understand the application process as well as how to succeed in graduate school.
    17. The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Charles H. Houston Center offered students an opportunity to take a SAT/ACT combination practice test. While students were testing, parents received helpful information about standardized testing and college admissions. 
    18. College Knowledge 101: The Charles H. Houston Center, Pickens County NAACP, and The Princeton Review team hosted an informative and educational outreach program. This event was designed for high school students (Grades 9-12) and parents to provide helpful information about the following: (a) test taking strategies, (b) the college admissions process, (c) how to find scholarships for college, and (d) developing a plan for college. 
    19. The Clemson Career Workshop was designed to introduce rising high school seniors to Clemson University traditions, academic degree programs, career opportunities, and financial aid. Offered through the Charles H. Houston Center.
    20. The Charles H. Houston Center's Office of Academic Excellence implemented this academic outreach program designed to increase SAT scores, access to financial aid, and college enrollment.