To create and sustain a diverse University of South Carolina where all thrive and excel.
The Office of Access and Opportunity at the University of South Carolina, leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable university community. The Office of Access and Opportunity works closely with university students, faculty and staff to create and sustain an inclusive learning, living and working environment where all members of the university’s community feel that they are welcomed, valued and supported.
We work to create a university community that reflects the vast, rich heterogeneity of the state and the broader society.
We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in a myriad of forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, nation origin, religious commitment, age, disability status and political affiliation. We commit to intentional efforts to make the University of South Carolina a place where differences are welcomed and where different viewpoints are respectfully heard and valued.
We work to create a university environment that fosters equal opportunity for all members. Further, we work to promote a university culture that discourages individual bias, while at the same time we are committed to eliminating institutional bias in all of its forms at our university.
We work to create a university where every individual has a sense of belonging and the opportunity to contribute to the whole.
We work to discover, develop, foster and celebrate mutually beneficial mission focused partnerships within and outside the university community.
How You Can Participate
Our office is staffed with caring individuals who actively seek input and participation from the university community. Though small in number, our people are here to assist you in your efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive campus. You can join our efforts by lending your voice to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee or simply by contacting us.