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Division of Inclusion and Equity update: Harmon named associate director for equity compliance, deputy Title IX coordinator, and Harkless named director, Gantt Multicultural Center


Monique Harmon has been named associate director for equity compliance, deputy Title IX coordinator in the Division of Inclusion and Equity.

Monique Harmon in Brackett Hall

Harmon earned two undergraduate degrees in psychology and political science and a Master of Public Administration with a Human Resources concentration from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. She formerly held leadership positions at Eastern Illinois University, Middle Tennessee State University, Valdosta State University, Fluor-BWXT and the Waffle House corporate office. Harmon comes to Clemson from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, where she held various positions, including Title IX coordinator and Equal Employment Opportunity officer, interim  Communications Workers of America Labor union director and diversity coordinator and director of housing and residence life and Title IX coordinator. In those roles, she managed all programs related to discrimination and harassment.

“Monique brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of Title IX, the American Disabilities Act, and other equitable treatment laws and policies,” said Alesia Smith, executive director of equity compliance and Title IX coordinator.

Harmon serves as a board member for the Joel Lee Hansley Foundation and The Counseling Center. She also operates a nonprofit that is the first peer-to-peer juvenile diversion program in Scioto County, Ohio, and owns her own business that offers services to behavioral health facilities.

Rebecca Harkless

Rebecca Harkless is the new director of the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. In this role, Harkless is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the center and multicultural programming for events including heritage months, Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, and the international festival.

Prior to coming to Clemson, Harkless served as the coordinator of social justice education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A Birmingham native, she holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama.

An educator,  innovator,  strategist and trainer known for her innovative and strategic approach to equity and inclusion, Harkless was responsible for developing sustainable student programs that made lasting impacts on the Birmingham community and other  organizations.

Harkless says she is passionate about making the world a more equitable and inclusive place.

“I love the administrative part of my job, but I’m an educator at heart,” said Harkless.