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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Council Members

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council draws from the expertise of staff across the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support.


  • Kirsten Kennedy, associate vice president for student housing and sustainability
  • Silvia Patricia Rios Husain, associate vice president for student success


Officers by Unit

  • Central Office and Assessment - Alicia Bervine, director of human resources, Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • Dean of Students - Kaitlin Yoffie, coordinator for residential student conduct, Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  • Student Health Services - vacant
  • Student Life - Shay Malone, director of multicultural student affairs
  • Student Success - Zo Sediqi, manager of mentorship and experiences, Career Center
  • University Housing and Sustainability - Ray DeJesus, assistant director of custodial staff, University Housing

Officer Duties

Diversity officers are expected to work as a team to:

  • Identify areas of opportunity to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • Build community around diversity and inclusion within the division
  • Create and maintain diversity and inclusion knowledge bank 
  • Develop and implement accountability measures for diversity and inclusion initiatives within the division
  • Assess and analyze systems of bias, discrimination and opportunity
  • Provide training and development on diversity and inclusion topics
  • Identify action steps for applying best practices, minimize unnecessary duplication and increase collaboration
  • Create a conscience for diversity and inclusion topics and outcomes
  • Become agents of accurate information for the division
  • Help identify and connect division, university, higher education and other industry best practices and available training resources
  • Provide guidance to their unit in the implementation of diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Help units align diversity and inclusion efforts with the unit, division, and university strategic plans
  • Other duties necessary to achieve diversity and inclusion outcomes 
  • Attend monthly meetings and make progress on assignments and projects between council meetings 

Officer Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Solution- and action-oriented
  • Presentation skills 
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Knowledgeable about diversity, equity and inclusion best practices
  • Culturally competent
  • Work effectively and collaboratively across units and departments
  • Facilitate constructive dialogue across units

Eligibility and Compensation

  • This is a dual employment position
  • Compensation will be $6,000 per year
  • To be eligible, a potential officer must have been employed at UofSC for one year and obtain supervisor approval
  • While hours may vary each week, the expected time commitment will average five hours per week
  • Initial Advisory Council employment will be either one or two years in length, with future appointments being two years in length. To ensure diversity, equity and inclusion of different voices, council members will be limited to two years of service

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