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Inclusive Excellence Institute

University of South Carolina Inclusive Excellence Institute is designed to help individuals and teams deepen their knowledge and understanding of leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion through a leadership development curriculum that draws on their lived experiences. Taking personal and collective responsibility to ensure that all experiences are valued and welcomed, participants develop and apply an intentional growth mindset that promotes inclusive practices in their everyday lives.

Program Objectives:

  • Develop the capacity to understand one’s own culture, identities, intersectionality’s, perspectives, competencies and the role diversity, equity and inclusion play in their lives and in society.   
  • Develop and apply an intentional inclusive excellence growth mindset that promotes inclusive practices in participants everyday lives where differences are considered a collective strength.   
  • Create an intentional transformational inclusive excellence living document action plan. 



January 24, 2022

8 a.m.-noon: Reckoning with the Past; The Carolinian Creed: Do You Wear Your Mask Under Your Nose?; From Land Acknowledgements to American Indian Acknowledgment

1-5 p.m.: Understanding Who I Am: What’s my Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Story?

February 25, 2022

8:30 a.m.-noon: From ‘Gotcha’ to ‘I Got You’: The Role of Psychological Safety in Transforming Our Working and Learning Spaces

1-5 p.m.: OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts; Microagressions

March 21, 2022

8:30 a.m.-noon: Implicit Bias

1-5 p.m.: Deconstructing Leaders: Challenging the Status Quo and Reframing Leadership

April 29, 2022

8:30 a.m.-noon: Gamecocks Stand Up: Bystander Intervention and Allyship for Inclusive Environments

1-5 p.m.: Intercultural Communication: Navigating Culture and Communication in a Global Society

May 20, 2022

8:30 a.m.-noon: Creating Inclusive Organization Cultures: Using the Intercultural, Development Inventory (IDI) to Assess and Advance Intercultural Competence

1-5 p.m.: Accommodations Mean More Than Just a Bed & Breakfast

June 13, 2022

8:30 a.m.-noon: Embracing Our Global Diversity: How Context and Perspective Inform Innovative Practices

1-5 p.m.: Minding Your Mental Health: An Honest Conversation; My Inclusive Excellence Plan

July 22, 2022



Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.