Clemson earns national award for inclusive excellence
CLEMSON — Clemson University is a recipient of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine’s 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The national honor goes to U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate inclusive excellence.
Clemson University put together programs and initiatives that address the needs and concerns of people of different races, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation and backgrounds. They include:
- The ClemsonForward Strategic Plan, which focuses on the success of students by targeting areas of research, engagement, academic core and living;
- The National Men of Color Summit, a program designed to empower African-American and Hispanic males;
- Tiger Alliance, a high school component of the Men of Color Summit;
- Emerging Scholars, assists high school students in rural communities prepare for college;
- Call me MISTER, a national initiative created to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background in South Carolina’s lowest-performing elementary schools;
- The President’s Forum on Inclusive Excellence, an ongoing series of special events that focus on student intellectual and social development;
- Board of trustees’ Task Force on the History of Clemson, created to find ways to tell Clemson’s complete story – past, present and future;
- The Clemson Career Workshop, a summer residential program that combines learning opportunities with sessions on college preparation and life skills;
- The Bridge to Clemson Program, developed in partnership with Tri-County Technical College (TCTC). Students attend TCTC for at least a year before transferring to Clemson; and
- The PEER/WISE Program, designed to increase and retain women and under-represented minorities in engineering and science majors.
INSIGHT into Diversity started naming HEED Award recipients in 2012. This is the first time Clemson received the prestigious award.
“The HEED Award application process examines the recruitment and retention of students and employees and best practices for both continued leadership support for diversity and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT into Diversity. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”
Clemson President James P. Clements said the university is making strong progress in the area of inclusion.
“This prestigious award is reflective of the hard work being done by many people to make the university a welcoming and inclusive place for all members of the Clemson family, and we are proud to be recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity in this manner,” Clements said.
Lee Gill, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president for inclusive excellence at Clemson, said the HEED Award speaks directly to the foundation of an institution’s diversity initiatives.
“In other words, it states that Clemson has in place the infrastructure and best practices to continue to move the university forward with inclusive excellence,” Gill said.
INSIGHT into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Clemson and 79 other HEED Award recipients will be featured in the magazine’s November 2017 issue.