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Diversity in Academics

In classrooms and labs, professors see how diversity brings new ideas to the table and forces people to look at issues from many different perspectives. Diversity not only enriches the education experience of students, it also promotes personal growth and strengthens America’s economic competitiveness.

Below is a sampling of academic programs Clemson University has invested in, programs that help maintain an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

Center for Research on Health Disparities

The Center for Research on Health Disparities provides leadership for the development and advancement of comprehensive, culturally sensitive, community-based participatory research that improves health outcomes and enhances quality of life.

Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education

The research and scholarship produced at the Charles H. Houston Center is designed to inform various stakeholders at the University, in South Carolina, around the country and across the globe about the black experience in education.

Call me MISTER

The mission of the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) national initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from diverse cultures and backgrounds to serve in economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

Call me Doctor Fellows Program

Clemson University’s Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering graduate fellows program, Call me Doctor, was created to partner minority engineering and science doctoral fellows with education doctoral students and faculty members to deliver cutting-edge science and engineering concepts to the community and K-12 classrooms.


The ClemsonLIFE Program offers a 2-year Basic Program that incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, social/leisure skills, and health/wellness skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults.

Diversity Scholarships

Clemson strives to offer outstanding academic programs to a diverse student body. The University’s commitment to diversity is founded in the knowledge that intellectual, social and cultural diversity are essential ingredients in the educational process. As part of Clemson’s effort to create a diverse student body, several academic scholarships have been developed.

Emerging Scholars

The mission of Clemson’s Emerging Scholars Program is to establish a college-going culture among students in families from South Carolina’s economically disadvantaged areas by providing academic enrichment, developing students’ leadership skills and increasing students’ college preparedness.


The FIRST Program helps first-generation college students in all academic majors at Clemson succeed in college and attain their career goals.

Diversity Career Resources

Find diversity career resources on this webpage available from the Michelin Career Center. The page includes a large listing of career opportunities and resources for minority and special interest groups.

Minority Student Success Initiative

MSSI is a program created to enhance the academic success and satisfaction of minority students. MSSI provides programs, activities and events to expose students to a variety of personal and professional networks.

Pan African Studies Degree

The Pan African Studies Degree combines the many missions of the urban university to be both socially and academically engaged with society at large. The mission of the program is to develop an intellectual framework from which to encourage intellectual discourse on the African and African American experiences.


The mission of PEER/WISE is to increase and retain women and under-represented minorities in engineering and science. PEER supports African-American and Hispanic/Latino American students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences from the time they arrive at Clemson through graduation, and WISE encourages women to prepare for, obtain and succeed in careers in STEM majors.

Social Justice Education

The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center Social Justice Education provides a variety of programs designed to increase dialogue throughout the Clemson community. They aim to further develop the intercultural competencies of our students, faculty and staff.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services works inside and outside of the classroom to support students with documented disabilities.

Women’s Leadership Degree

With an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, the Women’s Leadership Degree at Clemson introduces students to the study of women’s achievements both historically and in contemporary contexts. Core courses in leadership introduce students to key principles and help you discover their own leadership style.

Diversity and Inclusion