Overview of the Center


The Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarship throughout the United States.


The Charles H. Houston Center examines issues and disseminates information about diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes impacting postsecondary institutions.


In 1981, South Carolina implemented a federally mandated plan to desegregate its colleges and universities. When the mandate ended in 1986, the state's higher education institutions, including Clemson University, sought ways to ensure that progress toward racial desegregation would continue. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education approved the center's establishment in 1988.