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A Conversation with the Dean

Gramopadhye in the Watts Center

Meaningful Change

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Recent incidents have renewed an important national discussion about justice and equality, with many higher education leaders adding their voices to the conversation, including:

Let me add my voice to theirs: we in the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences unequivocally reject racism, intolerance, and hateful expressions in any form. They have no place in our society period. We are aware of and empathize with the pain that not only the people around the country are feeling but also those in our college who are struggling with these events. I want to encourage you to support one another and to reach out for help if you need it.

As engineers and scientists, we have long realized and appreciated the importance of the diversity of people, approaches and ideas, and the rich discourse it generates. When we challenge one another’s viewpoints in a robust, healthy exchange of ideas, we come to the richer, more impactful solutions that can solve the issues we face. The recent events have given us the opportunity to engage in such a discourse, to change our nation’s narrative and recommit to a future in which everyone has an equal chance to succeed. 

You and I working together with the newly appointed Associate Deans for Inclusive Excellence, the college and university level leadership teams, and the offices of PEER and WISE can effect change; we can continue to be the high seminary of learning that is the vision of Clemson University, serving as an example to others.

Like President Clements, I welcome the suggestions you would like to share. I encourage you to reach out to us at

Stay safe, be healthy,


Anand K. Gramopadhye, Dean