CLEMSON — For the second year in a row, Clemson University has been recognized for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity and access to public and private institutions of higher education.

Clemson was one of 44 colleges and universities honored at the National Role Models Conference last month in Arlington, Va.

Clemson was recognized for its efforts to increase diversity, such as the creation of the Chief Diversity Office; the establishment and support of its Call Me MISTER Program; its operation of an Access and Equity Office; its One Clemson program; the numerous multicultural programs offered by the Gantt Center for Student Life; the work of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education; and the presence of other programs, including the President’s Commission on Women, Women’s Studies, Pan African Studies, the President’s Commission on Black Faculty and Staff, the PEER Program, the WISE Program and the annual Best Practices Conference in Black Student Achievement.

“I was very pleased to accept this award for a second year on behalf of Clemson University,” said Leon Wiles, chief diversity officer. “It signals that Clemson University is moving in a very positive direction in its efforts to create and maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. I am personally very proud of the fine work that has been done by so many to make Clemson University a great place to work and grow.”

Located in Hyattsville, Md., Minority Access Inc. was incorporated in 1995 with the mission of assisting colleges and universities, federal agencies and corporations to diversify their campuses and worksites. For more information, visit