Programs and Events

  • 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.

  • Grill & Greet

    Grill & Greet is an event that aims to support the social integration and continuation of students into the Clemson and Gantt communities. Grill & Greet is one of our longest standing cultural events; however, in 2007, the inclusion of student tabling and performances took this program to new heights. Currently, numerous multicultural student organizations (including culturally-based fraternities and sororities) host tables to provide individuals the opportunity to learn about campus involvement and peer engagement. There will be free food and beverages, live music, and entertainment!

    Grill & Greet

    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    6-8 p.m.
    North Green and Outdoor Amphitheatre
    Rain location: Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms

    For organizations that are interested in performing or tabling at the event, please check back for the sign-up form in April 2020.

  • Power of Perspective Panel Series

    The Gantt Multicultural Center has partnered with the Department of Campus Achievement and Student Empowerment to create a multi-part series that will aim to explore systemic oppression and subsequent inequities in our nation’s history. These sessions will tap into the knowledge and expertise of Clemson faculty members, exploring topics like education, policy, history, and law. Come to learn from the panelists' insights, ask questions, and glean lessons for action in addressing structural oppression.

    The next Power of Perspective panel will be held in Spring 2021 and cover the topic of interfaith foundations of the US. More information will be shared soon.

    Access the recording of the panel from July 9th, Independence Day: Land of the Free? here.

    Access the recording of the panel from July 30, Matter of Policy: Who has Influence? here.

    Access the recording of the panel from August 27, Education: The Great Equalizer? here.

    Access the recording of the panel from October 8, Redefining Rural America: What Stories are Hidden? here.

    Access the recording of the panel from October 27, Electoral College and the Supreme Court: Shapers of a Nation? here.

    Contact Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman (stewar5@clemson.edu) or DeOnte Brown at (deonteb@clemson.edu) for more information.

  • 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

    Supporting Native Students: Building Relationships with Native Nations

    October 12, 2020 from 12:30PM – 1:30PM via Zoom

    Register here: http://bit.ly/IndigenousClemson

    Join for this virtual workshop experience! The current Tribal Liaison for the University of Wisconsin System, Dr. Pyawasay-Jennings, will offer insight on how universities can utilize policy to work with Native Nations to build institutional infrastructure to support Native students and create meaningful relationships with Native communities. 

    Dr. Pyawasay-Jennings joins us, again, for our annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Dr. Pyawasay-Jennings lives on the Bad River Reservation in Wisconsin, with her husband and two girls. She is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and currently serves as the Tribal Liaison for the University of Wisconsin System and earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and both her M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and B.A. in Sociology/American Indian Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an educator and scholar-activist, her passion is to transform educational spaces to create a more just institution.

    Sponsored by the Gantt Multicultural Center. Contact Jerad Green at jeradg@clemson.edu for more information or accessibility needs.

    Learn more in the Newstand article

  • Native American Heritage Month

    If you want to refer back to, or were unable to attend our previous events, here are the links to the recordings.

    Learning About and Learning From the Nikwasi Initiative:

    https://clemson.zoom.us/rec/share/YfH_mzz-TwhBVeoQJz3PcbtKMBnBQUWarBXO5XbgocO8IccOGx0dRJsiSfTRNh4.SXxdptNoPp1zfyIx 

    Hidden Here in Plain Sight: Cherokee Persons, Land, and Clay: https://clemson.zoom.us/rec/play/RU2TOz1aVRFjXHOhjHqIFRqWAczbLs-Lp9ic8Gwjco8owueULaOHg9b0b_a8nxX4H67OInpgjHn6sXoe.i2Dtc1Q13PYWTWVS?continueMode=true

    For more information, please contact Jerad Green at jeradg@clemson.edu.

    Look out for future event updates for Native American Heritage Month in November 2021! 

  • Women's Celebration Month

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    Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. In celebration of Women’s History Month 2021, which will take place from Monday, March 1-Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Clemson University is hosting a series of events and activities.  Check out the full lineup of events on the Women's Commission webpage. 

    All Women’s Celebration Month activities will occur over Zoom, and pre-registration is required. The month is organized into three different types of activities, explained below. Please reach out to co-chairs Akiebia Littlejohn-Hicks and Katie Thurson with any questions.

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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    Initially founded in 1977, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) honors and recognizes Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) people in the United States and their contributions that enhance and enrich U.S. American history. While the heritage month is nationally recognized during the month of May, Clemson celebrates APAHM during the month of April.

    Synchronous Events

    Trivia Night 
    Friday, April 9th, 2021
    6:00 PM
    Zoom: https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApc-6qqT0oGdHCxwz9UJAvyV-SKWuAM3rL 

    Join the APAHM planning committee for a fun night of Asian and Pacific Islander cultural trivia! 

    Asian Student Association Jasmine Gala
    Sunday, April 11th
    Doors open at 6:00 PM, event starts at 7:00 PM
    Madren Center Ballrooms

    Ticket Prices: Pre-order($10 for students, $20 general admission); At-the-door($15 for students, $25 general admission)
    https://forms.gle/1p3bUJZHspnhFdKv7A negative Covid-19 test from between April 5th and April 11th will be required at the door.

    Join the Asian Student Association for a night of food, music, and entertainment during their Jasmine Gala! 

    COVID restrictions will be enforced, so please remember to bring your mask and keep proper distance with the other guests!

    Craft Night 
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2921
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    Brackett 100

    Come get creative with origami and other fun crafts! We will have individual packages for each participant to take, so you can participate in-person or at home!  Please make sure to bring your mask and respect social distance and room capacity requirements.

    Keynote Event: Surviving Anti-Asian Violence in an Anti-Black World
    Saturday, April 17th, 2021
    7:00 PM
    Register for the Zoom session at https://clemson.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qem_9aklTyCtJTkzr8ZNDQ
    University of South Carolina’s Dr. Seulghee Lee joins us for an important dialogue on how to navigate and combat the present anti-Asian racism within the United States.  Dr. Seulghee Lee is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English at the University of South Carolina.

    At 5:00 PM before the keynote, students are encouraged to join Dr. Lee in a conversation centering Asian and Pacific Islander voices and grounded in community-building.  Register for this chat here:  https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcof-mgrTkqEtPVQLnL0TIFG-GhTK_1om0V

    MB101: Meditation & Breathwork 101 w/ SKY at Clemson
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    Zoom and Location TBD

    Join us and SKY at Clemson to learn about and participate in a guided meditation session!

    Movie Night: The Joy Luck Club
    Friday, April 23rd
    Accessible All Day
    View here: https://www.cutigerlive.com/
    Join Tiger Live for an all-day access to The Joy Luck Club, The Joy Luck Club (simplified Chinese: 喜福会; traditional Chinese: 喜福會; pinyin: Xǐ Fú Huì) is a 1993 American drama film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese immigrant mothers.

    Asynchronous Ongoing Events

    For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the planning committee is creating a yearbook to capture the lives and experiences of Asians & Pacific Islanders at Clemson. We are collecting recipes, "Love Letters to Home," and any photos, art, poetry, and illustrations that you feel represents your experience and the theme of this year's month, "Being Asian in the South". If you find/have anything you would like to contribute. The submission form for this closes Wednesday, April 14th.

    Partners

    Co-sponsored and coordinated by the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center; Center for Student Leadership and Engagement; Asian Student Association; College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities; College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences; Office of Global Engagement; and Clemson Home.

    Accessibility Needs

    For accessibility needs or more information, please contact Erica Lee at elee8@clemson.edu or Kenneth Sloane at ksloane@g.clemson.edu.

  • Donning of the Kente

    Donning of the Kente

    Donning of the Kente is a multicultural celebration of graduates designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have contributed to enhancing diversity and inclusion at Clemson University. In 2005, the Gantt Center hosted its first multicultural celebration of graduates called Rite of Sankofa. After a decade long hiatus, the event was revived in 2016 as Donning of the Kente and has been celebrated every year since. The ceremony recognizes the academic, professional, and personal achievements of graduates as they transition into their post-collegiate lives. Rooted in African tradition, Donning of the Kente encourages students to identify a mentor who will present them with a Kente stole. The stole is a symbol of prestige and an official rite of passage.

    2020 Donning of the Kente
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    2 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom, Madren Center

    *Sign-up available in March 2021

  • Moving Forward: Student Leadership Retreat

    Moving Forward: Student Leadership Retreat has been designed to help our scholars build capacity for making change on campus and beyond. The purpose of Elevate is to foster brave spaces for undergraduate scholars, across various social identities, to explore topics of values, power, and social change and how they manifest in our daily experiences. Through a “why, how, what” framework – scholars will better understand how to positively enhance our campus community and greater society.

    Specific information for this year's Moving Forward will be shared once it is updated.

  • The Art of Multicultural Leadership

    The Art of Multicultural Leadership Retreat is designed to engage student leaders in critical and thought provoking methods to leading cultural and diverse student organizations through team building, active engagement with staff, and leadership development. Students can expect to learn the value of their roles as leaders in their organizations and how they can be effective in their planning processes while learning to work across differences.

    Staff members and advisers will be active in facilitating activities that allow students to reflect on their own values, strengths, and areas for improvement as leaders. Campus partners will give students valuable resources to help them make a lasting impact on the campus community. After this experience, student leaders will be equipped with knowledge of their roles and how they function, as well as how they can work to support the mission, goals and values of their organizations. Specifically, students will be able to use all of these leadership skills to impact the campus community.

    Registration Information Coming Soon.