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Clemson to launch administrative leadership development series for women of color


Kimberly Poole (left) and Birma Gainor (right) have a conversation in Hendrix Student Center
Kimberly Poole, left, chats with Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Birma Gainor.
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Clemson University is launching an administrative development series in conjunction with the Women’s Roundtable program. The initiative is designed for women of color looking to pursue administrative leadership positions at senior or executive levels. The series will be co-facilitated by Assistant Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students Kimberly Poole and Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education Kendra Stewart-Tillman.

“This series aims to create pathways to administrative leadership positions for women of color,” Poole said. “Clemson is already part of the national conversation in addressing issues for women through its roundtable. This series will serve to foster more intentional engagement opportunities for faculty and staff who desire to progress through the ranks of higher education.”

The administrative development series will launch in October with an initial full-day retreat, where members of the cohort will be exposed to introductory leadership content. Additionally, the series will include lunch-n-learn sessions, planned leadership activities and executive coaching sessions. The series will culminate as part of the November 2023 Women’s Roundtable, where participants will be awarded certificates of completion.

The series will target an inaugural cohort of associate director level (and above) staff and tenure-track (and above) faculty who identify as women of color. Applications will open on Friday, Sept. 9 and close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. More information on the program, including the application link, is available here.