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  • Multicultural program participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Multicultural program participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Multicultural program participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Multicultural program participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Multicultural program participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC

In collaboration with members of the campus and greater Clemson communities, the Gantt Center offers co-curricular programs that build a complex understanding of diversity and social justice, while promoting the richness of diversity and inclusion. It allows for participants to explore multiple ways of knowing and unpack differences.

  • Equity and Pluralism Speaker Series

    The Equity and Pluralism Speaker Series seeks to explore the intersections of power and identity. Our speakers will expand dialogue, build cognitive sophistication, enhance empathetic reasoning, and challenge barriers to foster brave spaces that encourage equity and pluralism in our community.

    dr. becky martinez, organization development consultant and trainer with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change, will kickoff the series with a couple of events on Tuesday, November 14.

    Professional Development Workshop: Fostering Equity while Working with Students
    1:00pm – 2:30 pm, Hendrix Student Center Meeting Room A
    This workshop is designed to equip faculty and staff members with the tools needed to support students with an equity lens.

    Keynote Speech: Race and Racism in Higher Education
    6:30pm – 8:00pm, McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
    This keynote speech will discuss the racial context of higher education and tools and practices necessary to advance diversity, inclusion and equity on college campuses.

  • Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month

    The Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Celebration was created with a desire to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. As the population continues to grow at Clemson University, we are encouraged by our peers and the administration to create opportunities for all members of our campus community to celebrate and find value in the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos. Ultimately we hope to begin cultivating a true inclusive environment built upon a passion for learning and mutual respect.

    Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month

    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Salsa at Sunset 
    Begin exploring Hispanic and Latino culture through a celebration that fuses entertainment and fellowship. Meet members of the various Latin-based organizations represented at Clemson University and discover what wonderful programs are featured through the month-long celebration. Food and beverages available for purchase.

    Friday, September 21, 2017
    Barnes Center
    10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
    Shades of Brown
    This is an open mic event intended to showcase the artistic talent of our very own Clemson community through a cultural night of poetry, singing, and spoken word. The event will feature Oveous, HBO’s original series Def Poetry artist and 3 time national poetry finalist.

    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    Memorial Auditorium, Tillman Hall/Old Main
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    El Camino a Clemson
    This activity will invite Hispanic/Latino students and families from local high schools to tour Clemson University as well as engage with current Clemson students while learning about the transition from high school to college and the importance of education.
    Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 
    McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
    7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Immigration Monologues
    This event is designed to unveil the immigrant experience through multicultural stories of resilience. The event will delve into deeper dialogue about the challenges of immigrant families.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Madren Center, Grand Ballroom 
    7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Noche de Gala
    This culminating event for Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month will include live entertainment, authentic food. Recognition awards will be presented to those individuals who have contributed to the planning of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month. 

    Ticket Information: Early Bird Tickets are available through October 6.
    Students - $8
    Adults (non-student) - $10
    Children ages 5-13 - $5
    Children 5 and under - FREE
    Purchase tickets here.
    All proceeds will be donated to a non-profit organization that aids in greater access to higher education.

  • International Festival

    The International Festival is an annual event that symbolizes Clemson’s commitment to celebrating identities and cultures from around the world. A highly anticipated event for campus and greater community members, the festival includes culturally-based foods as well as entertainment and activities for all ages. In addition, the event features local craft and non-profit vendors as well as a children’s area to make it a well-rounded, family-friendly event.

    If you are interested in serving on the 2018 International Festival Committee, please complete this Interest Form by September 8.

    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Noon – 4 p.m.
    Admission to the Festival is free; Food provided with ticket purchase.
    Bowman Field (Rain Location: Hendrix Student Center)
    Parking: Unrestricted Green Spaces in Lots E-5 and E-6. Parking meters are enforced on weekends.

    Int Fest Logo

  • Indigenous People’s Day

    Over the past several years, researchers on Clemson’s campus have committed to identifying and uncovering the history of colonization and slavery directly connected to this campus. In an effort to honor tribal communities that inhabited this land, we recognize Indigenous People’s Day to decolonize the historical narratives, while building awareness about the importance of preserving Native American languages, culture, traditions, and identity.

    Indigenous People's Day

    Indigenous People's Day Speaker
    Speaker: Dr. Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, Menominee Nation
    October 10, 2017

    Faculty Teach-In:Ways of Knowing in the Classroom
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Hendrix Student Center Meeting Room A
    Come learn about the value of introducing and integrating different pedagogical approaches into the classroom, with a focus on Critical Indigeneity.

    Graduate Fireside Chat: Allyship, Advocacy, and Activism
    4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    Gantt Multicultural Center (Brackett 300)
    Learn about various strategies to advocate for diversity and equity into your scholarship and work.

    Keynote: From Colonialism to Standing Rock – Indigenous Resilience
    6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Academic Success Center Room 118
    This keynote will highlight the resilience of Indigenous Groups to preserve their land, language, culture, and identity.

    Undergraduate Student Dialogue: Student Activism in the era of Standing Rock
    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    Gantt Multicultural Center (Brackett 300)
    Engaging student activism in an age of Standing Rock and a resurgence of colonialism.

  • Black History Month

    Founded as Negro History (and literature) Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month began as way to highlight Black progress following the Civil War and reconstruction. Currently, this month is a catalyst to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and struggles of African Americans and members of the African Diaspora. We aim to promote the diversity and complexities of Black identity through multiple lenses and experiences.

    Black History Month, at Clemson Univerity, Clemson SC

    Check back soon for 2018 events. If you are interested in serving on the 2018 Black History Month Committee, please complete this Interest Form by September 29.

    Here is a recap of the 2017 Black History Month Celebration:

    Black History Month Kick-off Celebration
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    6:30 p.m., Hendrix Meeting Rooms A & B

    Writer, poet and teacher Clint Smith will present a series of work relevant to the past, present and future of Black America.

    Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, University Housing and Dining and the Gantt Multicultural Center

    Dining Hall Nights
    Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2017
    4:45pm, Fresh Food Company

    Core Campus will offer authentic foods from the following cultures: African-American Southern, Caribbean and West and East African.

    Sponsored by University Housing and Dining

    Step Afrika
    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    7:00 p.m., Memorial Auditorium (Tillman Hall/Old Main)

    Traditional African dance performance that integrates songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

    Sponsored by CLEMSONLiVE and the Gantt Multicultural Center

    Day Trip to Atlanta
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    $20 Registration Fee; Sign up in Brackett 300 from 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Trip includes: Tour of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, dinner at Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe, and film screening.

    Sponsored by Pan African Studies and the Gantt Multicultural Center

    Black History Month Address
    Monday, February 27, 2017
    7:00 p.m., Memorial Auditorium (Tillman Hall/Old Main)

    Lawrence Ross, writer, author and lecturer, will be the keynote speaker and address this year's Black History Month's overall theme.

    Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity, Division of Student Affairs, University Housing and Dining and the Gantt Multicultural Center

    Plant a Seed
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    11:00am, Life Sciences Building Atrium

    This culminating event will allow attendees to plant a seed filled with their hopes, dreams and/or goals for the future in hope of watching them grow into fruition after the month is over.

    Sponsored by the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences