October is National Disability in Employment Awareness month, a time for reflecting on different perspectives. As the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator, this Tiger works hard to ensure that the Clemson community is as inclusive as possible. And that begins with awareness. Her devotion to advancing accessibility at Clemson helps people every day.

Meet Priscilla Harrison.

Title: ADA Coordinator and senior investigator

Years at Clemson: 5

What I do at Clemson: I have a dual role at Clemson. I am the ADA coordinator as well as a senior investigator for the Office of Access & Equity. As the ADA coordinator, I serve as chair of the President’s Accessibility Commission; advance accessibility in access, programs, and services; plan programs, provide training, and ensure compliance related to the ADA; and provide accommodations for employees and visitors. As senior investigator, I investigate and mediate complaints of harassment and discrimination in employment, programs and services related to Title VI, Title VII and Title IX; and plan programs, provide training, and ensure compliance related to these laws.

What I love about Clemson: I love the people here, employees and students alike. There are just so many good people here, and I love interacting with them every day. I count it a privilege to work for my alma
mater and don’t ever want to forget how blessed I am to be here.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Spearheading the recognition of National Disability in Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) at Clemson. This year marks our second year of celebrating with events throughout the month of October. The month is a time for reflecting on the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success. Observed nationwide each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Where I see myself in five years: Hopefully, being able to devote more of my time and efforts to advancing accessibility at Clemson, as this is my passion.

Last thing I watched on TV: Well… most of my “watching” these days is watching my daughter play volleyball for her high school, the Powdersville Patriots. It is a lot of fun and keeps me busy. However with the new fall series beginning, I look forward to stealing away some time to watch Designated Survivor and NCIS.

Guilty pleasure: SHOPPING! All kinds… clothes, shoes, decorations for my home, you name it.
But, my most favorite shopping day of the year is going to the Christmas Show in Charlotte. It’s been a family tradition for more than 15 years.

One thing people don’t know about me: I really want to go on a mission trip in the U.S. or internationally. My desire is to minister and give back to others who are less fortunate. I have always wanted to do this and plan to make this a priority when I am able, which may be when my children are out of college.

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