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Council of Inclusion and Diversity

  • 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 of Inclusion & Diversity 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 of Inclusion and Diversity. 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 of Inclusion and Diversity 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:

The Commission on Accessibility
The Commission on Accessibility 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 Hispanic and Latino Affairs
The Commission on Hispanic and 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 President’s LGBTQ Commission is working to help create a climate of acceptance and inclusion for our queer and transgender communities and Clemson University,” said Joshua Morgan, chair.

The Commission on Black Faculty and Staff
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. “This is my seventh year on the commission and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve Clemson in this leadership role. My fellow commissioners and I strive to improve diversity and inclusion. It is rewarding to see the progress we are making,” said Karon Donald, its chair.

The Commission on the Status of 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 hope is we can help make a difference by raising awareness on women’s issues and showcasing the many accomplishments women make daily through hard work and dedication to students, staff and faculty,” said Tina White, its chair.

The Commission on Student Veterans
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.