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Inclusive Leadership Professional Symposium: Bring Meaning to Life

The Graduate School will host an Inclusive Leadership Professional Symposium for graduate students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, April 7, 2022.  The symposium is a one-day gathering of thought leaders, educators, and leadership trainers to explore socially conscious and inclusive leadership development.  

Key note speakers for the event will be Melissa Harris-Perry, host of "The Takeaway" NPR and Wajahat Ali, Author and Senior Fellow at Western States Center.  Symposium participants will have an opportunity to engage in diversity-focused leadership training, build peer support networks, and develop their capacity to become stewards of social change in their fields. The theme for the event will be "Bring Meaning to Life".

Registration is required and the deadline to register is April 1, 2022.  University of South Carolina graduate students, faculty and staff, statewide, are encouraged to attend. The symposium is a free event and a collaborative effort between the Graduate School and the College of Education's Center for Innovation in Higher Education

Symposium Featured Events


Leadership Ignite! Talk

Guest speaker Leonard N. Moore will lead the Leadership Ignite! Talk. Leonard N. Moore is the George Littlefield Professor of American History and the former vice-president of diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Moore is the author of four books on black politics. He directs study abroad programs in Cape Town, Beijing, and Dubai.

Inclusive Leadership Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

The ILP Symposium will include a variety of informative and engaging workshops  and presentations through out the day.  Visit the  event registration page for the full list of workshops.

“Dear Academy” Spoken Word Lounge & Open Mic

Join international spoken word artists Tony Keith Jr. and Crystal Leigh Endsley for an interactive poetry forum on issues of inclusion and activism in higher education. Crystal Leigh is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Tony is Founder & CEO of Ed Emcees Academy. Attendees can share their poems, creative expressions, thoughts or ideas. What do YOU have to say to the academy?

 Registration & Accommodations



Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time:  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Russell House
Cost: Free
Registration:  Register to attend
Registration Deadline:  
April 1, 2022



There is not an official conference hotel.  Participants needing lodging can contact the hotels below:

Columbia Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott UofSC
The Graduate
Hampton Inn, The Vista


For questions about the event, contact Toby S. Jenkins at

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