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Inclusive Excellence at UofSC


Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community.  Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University’s effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.

About the Presenters

Michelle L. Bryan is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Inquiry and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education. Bryan earned her Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum, and Change at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A sociologist of education and qualitative methodologist by training, her research focuses on issues in the field that illuminate the complex intersections of race, culture, class, gender, sexuality, and other socio-demographic factors within educational settings, as well as within educational program evaluation. 

Bryan teaches introductory and advanced qualitative research methods courses, as well as Foundations of Education courses that specifically explore the role of race and racism in educational settings. She has been an invited speaker and trainer at both national and international gatherings of education scholars and evaluators. Currently, she is co-chair of USC’s Council of Academic Diversity Officers.

Shirley Carter was named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina in December 2018. She was recipient of the Charles E. Scripps Award, 2006 Journalism Administrator of the Year, awarded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. She previously served as director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, founding chair of mass communication, journalism and communication programs at Norfolk State University, University of North Florida, and Prairie View A&M University.

Carter was also instrumental in establishing the Journalism Leadership Institute for Diversity, a pipeline program to attract women and people of color to leadership roles in higher education. She has worked in university relations and advancement, public television, and is a former staff writer at the Virginian-Pilot as a fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Institute for Journalism Excellence. Carter's teaching areas include public relations and media management, and multicultural communication.

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