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Council for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Council of Inclusion and Diversity
  • Council of Inclusion and Diversity
  • Council of Inclusion and Diversity
  • Council of Inclusion and Diversity

The Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity is taking a holistic approach to carrying out the goals and objectives outlined in the ClemsonForward strategic plan to embrace and promote an inclusive environment for higher learning.

The Clemson University Council for Diversity and Inclusion has members from across the university.

Chief Diversity Officer Lee Gill and Executive Vice President and Provost Robert Jones co-chair the Clemson University Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Gill and Jones established the council to ensure students, faculty, staff and community members have the ability to share, address and resolve issues facing the university.

The nearly 30-member Council for Diversity and Inclusion is composed of faculty, staff, students and area community leaders. Deans from all seven colleges, the library and Student Affairs also appointed representatives to serve on the council alongside community leaders from the Pickens County NAACP, the president of the Urban League of the Upstate and the president of Hispanic Alliance. Gill said the guidance and insight from members of the community help shape the narrative for inclusive excellence at Clemson. President James P. Clements and Chief of Staff Max Allen are ex officio members of the council.

Provost Bob Jones
Bob Jones, Co-Chair

Lee Gill
Lee Gill, Co-Chair
Chief Inclusion Officer

University Commissions

The Council also consists of six commissions:

Accessibility Commission
The Accessibility Commission advises and makes recommendations to the Council of Inclusion and Diversity about all areas impacting accessibility. “Promoting accessibility and equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities enhances quality of life and strengthens our community through diversity,” said chair Priscilla Harrison.

The Commission on Latino Affairs
The Commission on Latino Affairs fosters partnerships among faculty, staff, students, community members and Latinos to strengthen quality of life through cultural and educational programs, services and advocacy. “We seek to bridge cultural divides and create a welcoming educational environment for all,” said Derek Wilmott, its chair. “This commission was established to assist in creating a path to higher education for Latinos in South Carolina and to bring attention to their socio-economic impact in the state.”

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Commission
The LGBTQ Commission advises on matters affecting LGBTQ people to ensure the university appropriately addresses issues of equity, safety and welfare for LGBTQ faculty, staff, students and guests. The commission aspires to unite various organizations working on LGBTQ programs, education and outreach at Clemson to help create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment.

The Commission on the Black Experience
The Commission on Black Faculty and Staff formed in 1998 to document the status of black faculty and staff and advise the president on specific recommendations for improving quality of life for black employees. “I’m honored to serve in the capacity of chair and to work with a team of commissioners to help create a campus climate where Black faculty and staff and all members of the Clemson community can thrive. We look forward to expanding our sphere of influence on and off campus as we support the work of diversity and inclusion at Clemson,” said Rhondda Thomas, chair.

The Commission on Women
The Commission on Women discerns the status of women at Clemson and documents findings; discovers and pursues the removal of institutional barriers identified by the commission; and collects information and/or conducts research regarding issues affecting women. It also explores problem areas that limit equal opportunities and advancement. The commission pledges to encourage and inspire women to become leaders, problem-solvers and innovators who make meaningful contributions to American society. “Our mission is to be advocates for all women on campus, faculty staff or students, to celebrate their success and advancement and to provide a platform that ensures the issues impacting women are heard and advanced across the University,” said Lori Dickes, chair.

Veterans Commission
The Clemson University Presidential Veterans Commission was established on October 25, 2018 as the sixth University Commission. The purpose of the Veterans Commission is to serve in an advisory capacity to the university administrators, faculty, staff, and students regarding matters that affect veterans and their families. The commission seeks to create an atmosphere that encourages inclusion and to recommend policies that will improve access and opportunities for our student veterans. “Clemson University has a long-standing military heritage, but traditionally that hasn’t extended to support of our transitioning military veterans. Our commission aims to correct that through key partnerships, strategic initiatives, relative policies, and strong advocacy to aid and support the brave men and women who have served our mighty country and wonderful communities. Together, we are working to make Clemson one of the most veteran-friendly institutions in the county,” said Brennan Beck, chair.