CLEMSON — The South Carolina branch of the Atlantic Institute will honor Clemson University Chief Diversity Officer Lee Gill during its annual awards and friendship dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at Furman University’s Younts Conference Center.

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Chief Diversity Officer Lee Gill speaks to faith-based organization leaders at a luncheon at Clemson.

Gill, who also serves as Clemson President Jim Clements’ special assistant for inclusive excellence, is recognized nationally for implementing strategies, programs and practices at universities that proactively address and resolve issues facing underrepresented groups. Gill joined Clemson in April 2016 to build and enhance inclusion and equity initiatives as outlined in the university’s ClemsonForward strategic plan.

Gill will receive the Atlantic Institute’s Peace and Dialogue Award. He said he will accept the honor and the weight of its title on behalf of the university and the Clemson family.

“We see first-hand that dialogue builds understanding and understanding brings trust and friendship,” Gill said. “Clemson is actively pursuing a deeper dialogue on our campus, and we’re actively reaching out to the community, region and state.”

The Atlantic Institute, a nonprofit organization, provides academic and educational platforms to promote societal diversity. The organization nominated Gill for the award because of his leadership role at Clemson and his commitment to encouraging and sustaining inclusivity and equality for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and faith.

“With this award comes the responsibility to continue and even redouble our efforts to create an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and all people are valued,” Gill said.

The Office of Inclusion and Equity most recently met with leaders in the faith-based community to communicate its goals and efforts.

Gill is currently spearheading Clemson’s first Men of Color National Summit. The two-day event, April 27-28, is intended to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males from cradle to careers. Featured guests include nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, ABC News correspondent John Quiñones and American talk show host Tavis Smiley.

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