Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate

The Clemson University Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate supports the institution’s strategic plan and is based on the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) guiding principles for access, student success and high-quality learning.

The Clemson University Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate is based on academic research in organizational leadership development, behavioral and social sciences, and education. The interactive curriculum features real-life best practices from a variety of organizations and utilizes case studies, videos, personal reflection, scenario analysis and group discussions.

The workshops create an opportunity for faculty, staff, graduate assistants (teaching, research, lab, administrative) to:

  1. Explore their own backgrounds, identities, and cultures
  2. Earn foundational concepts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  3. Identify equitable practices and policies to promote success for all students, faculty, and staff
  4. Build interdisciplinary relationships that will enhance inclusive excellence


The Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate helps participants develop the skills needed for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. Participants may take workshops to earn a certificate or may take individual workshops based on their needs and interests.

(Three-Semester Experience)

  • Semester One: 101 Core Workshop and three Elective Workshops
  • Semester Two: 201 Core Workshop, two Elective Workshops and one Elective Experience
  • Semester Three: 301 Core Workshop, two Elective Experiences and Capstone Campus Action Project (Summer)

*Participants who began pursuing the Certificate prior to Fall 2020 will be able to attain the Certificate with previously stated requirements

**All are welcome to participate in workshops (given capacity) even if not pursuing the Certificate


Examples: Division of Inclusion and Equity (Gantt Multicultural Center, Interpersonal Violence/Access and Equity, Accessibility) Events; Cultural Awareness Lectures/Talks sponsored by Departments, Commissions and/or Student Organizations; President’s Forum on Inclusive Excellence; Men of Color National Summit; Women’s Roundtable; and more!

Elective experiences attendance will be captured by attendee providing evidence of attendance and at least one-half page reflection of what was learned from the experience.

Capstone Campus Action Project will be offered in Summer 2023 due to facilitator capacity.


Contact for more information.



Classism: Dr. Rachel Wagner
September 12 – 11:00am – 12:30pm

Inclusive Excellence 101: Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman
September 27 – 9:00am – 11:30am


Inclusive Excellence 301: Dr. Rachel Wagner
October 4 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Inclusive Excellence 101: Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman
October 6 – 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Race and Racism in Higher Education: Dr. Natasha Croom
October 19 – noon – 1:30pm

Experiences of and Pipelines for Women and People of Color in STEM Fields: Serita Acker
October 21 – 10:00am – 11:30am

Conflict Resolution: Tessa Byer
October 26 – 9:00am – noon

Veteran’s Green Zone Training: Emily DaBruzzi
October 27 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm


LGBTQ Awareness and Empathy: Kim Carter
November 9 – 10:00am – noon

Sexism in the Workplace: Drs. Angie Carter and Cynthia Sims
November 14 – 1:00pm 2:30pm

Understanding the ADA: Dr. Billy Edwards and Priscilla Harrison
November 16 – 1pm – 2:30pm