COLUMBIA — Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina are teaming up to help educators, business leaders, medical professionals and others who want to learn ways to bring more diversity to or foster inclusion in their organizations.

The South Carolina Diversity Leaders Best Practices Forum will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road in Columbia.

“We are bringing together leaders from around the state to talk about the ways they create, implement and maintain diverse and inclusive college campuses and workplaces,” said Moryah Jackson, Clemson Inclusion and Equity’s director of diversity education.

“Many organizations across South Carolina have diversity initiatives and programs in place.  We have the opportunity and ability to learn from each other in a collaborative way,” Jackson said. “This forum is designed to do just that.”

Successful businesses in the state established work models that help maintain highly skilled workforces. Employers rely on colleges and universities to fill in-demand jobs.

“South Carolina’s diversity and inclusion thought leaders must intentionally focus the impact of our collective work beyond our specific organizational need,” said Willette Burnham-Williams, MUSC’s chief diversity officer.

“This forum is an opportunity to begin a dialogue regarding strategic alignment of goals and outcomes in order to have the greatest sustainable impact on the common goal we all share: creating and sustaining organizations and a state where everyone feels valued and distinctiveness is respected,” Burnham-Williams said.

Click here to register for the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Best Practices Forum.


Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity
The vision for Inclusion and Equity is derived from the university’s aspirational statement regarding inclusion: “Clemson University aspires to create a diverse community that welcomes people of different races, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientation, religions, socioeconomic levels, political perspectives, abilities, opinions, values and experiences. Clemson University will strive to reflect these differences in its decisions, curriculum, programs and actions. The institution will seek to ensure that underrepresented groups have equal access to the education and resource opportunities available at the University. Policy and procedures are carefully scrutinized to sustain an inclusive and productive environment.”