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Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Office Initiatives

Among the university priorities, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has taken the lead on the following key initiatives. We will consistently update the status of these initiatives so that our community is well-informed about the progress we've made toward completion.

Establish the South Carolina Collaborative on Racial Reconciliation

Due Date: Complete
Status: On-Target

Modeled after The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation’s The Welcome Table program, the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation (SCCRR) with its premier program, The Welcome Table SC, will engage internal and external University community members by creating spaces for healthy dialog about race and thoughtful actions that lead toward the reconciliation and healing of racial and other social differences in both the university community and communities across South Carolina.

In May of 2016, 10 faculty members were selected to recieve the first Dialogues in Race and Reconciliation Fellowship and trained as facilitators for the Welcome Table SC.  During the fall semester of 2016, facilitators worked with five groups through phase one (which consists of six meetings and a two-day retreat) of the program.


Develop and conduct a comprehensive undergraduate student campus climate study and climate reporting mechanism

Due Date: Complete
Status: On-Target

From March 14 through April 15, 2016, we administered the undergraduate student campus climate survey.  Approximately 15% of undergraduate students took the survey.  Survey results will be displayed on the survey webpage soon.


Develop and implement faculty workshops that help to facilitate more effective conversations about various social identities

Due Date: Pilot Workshop – December 15 and 16, 2015
Status: On-Target

This two-day, interactive workshop will be guided by a two-fold framework that includes a focus on institutional and individual dimensions of diversity and equity issues. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for teaching about various social identities (such as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities) and helping students build their capacity to recognize and address discriminatory practices and take reflective action. A key theme will be facilitating students in living the Carolinian Creed.


Develop a new pathway for the Leadership with Distinction designation

Due Date: Complete
Status: On-Target

The new Graduation with Leadership Distinction pathway in Diversity and Social Advocacy has been developed is available for students to endeavor.


President's Dive-In Lunch Series

Due Date: Complete
Status: On-Target

This series was created in an effort to bring students, faculty and staff together to discuss why diversity and inclusion is an important value, in what ways we foster an inclusive campus community and where we can improve.

48 Students with 6 faculty and staff members have lunch with President Pastides.  Past lunches were held on September 28 and October 26.  The next Dive-In Lunch will be on November 30.  Please email us at divein@mailbox.sc.edu if you are interested in participating next semester.