In keeping with Clemson University’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusion on campus, the university’s Charles H. Houston Center will move to the Office of Inclusion and Equity, effective July 1, 2017.  The research center, which focuses on the experience of African Americans in higher education, had previously been housed in the College of Education.

According to Lee A. Gill, Clemson’s chief inclusion and equity officer, the research institution’s experts, work and reputation will complement existing and planned initiatives of the Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Lee Gill, Clemson's chief inclusion and equity officer, is excited by the opportunities the Charles H. Houston Center will afford his office.

Lee Gill, Clemson’s chief inclusion and equity officer, is excited by the opportunities the Charles H. Houston Center will afford his office.
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“African Americans at all levels of the educational system are indebted to the leaders and educators of the Charles H. Houston Center,” Gill said. “We’re excited about the prospects for synergy and momentum as we create opportunities and open new vistas for underrepresented populations, including Clemson’s students, faculty and staff.”

George J. Petersen, founding dean of Clemson’s College of Education, is pleased that the center will play a more active and prominent role at Clemson.

“I believe I speak for the entire College of Education in expressing my enthusiastic support for this realignment of resources,” Petersen wrote to faculty and staff. “We look forward to seeing what heights the center will reach with a broader range of tools at its disposal.”

Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity develops and oversees innovative programs and projects to advance inclusive excellence on campus and across the state and the region.  Most recently, the office concluded its highly successful two-day Inaugural Men of Color National Summit, which drew over 1,600 educators, thought leaders and students from across the country to help close the achievement gap for African American and Hispanic youth. For more information on the office, click here.

The Charles H. Houston Center conducts empirical research, disseminates scholarly information, implements educational programs, examines evidence-based best practices, and addresses critical issues that affect African Americans throughout the educational system. For more information on the center, click here.