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Diversity Training and Education

2020 Revision holds that new orientation diversity education for first-year students include comprehensive diversity and inclusion modules and that diversity education requirements extend to graduate student teaching assistants, and university faculty and staff. University departments should complete an annual report outlining plans to promote diversity and inclusivity within their sector.  

On May 31, 2020, President Caslen held that all first-year students at the University of South Carolina would be required to complete a new diversity module as part of their orientation process.

We hold that this training includes comprehensive and expansive diversity and inclusion modules including topics related to implicit bias, LGBTQIA+ education, anti-Semitism and socioeconomic mobility. Further, we hold the addition of mandatory diversity education requirements through graduate student teaching assistant (TA) orientation or training, such as requiring Safe Zone training through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs to ensure an equitable classroom experience for graduate and undergraduate students. We also hold that this training be expanded to faculty and staff, and that each university department, including athletics, complete an annual report outlining their plans to promote diversity and inclusivity within their sector.  

Strategies/Action Plan 

  • Required training module for freshman and transfer students called Brave & Bold Dialogues: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  The training modules will also be made available to all upperclassmen and graduate students. 
    • Timeline: complete
    • Who is responsible: Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grant Fund - fund is designed to encourage new inclusive excellence initiatives and strengthen existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Timeline: In progress
    • Who is responsible – Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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