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Julio Hernandez wins Urban League of the Upstate award


The Urban League of the Upstate named Clemson’s Assistant Vice President Inclusive Excellence & Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach Julio Hernandez recipient of its Xanthene Norris Education Award. Hernandez was honored during a gala held Feb. 17 at the Greenville Convention Center. 

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The Xanthene Norris Education Award, named for longtime member of Greenville County Council Xanthene Norris, is among the five annual awards recognizing leaders and companies dedicated to educating and empowering Black and underserved individuals throughout the region. 

About Julio Hernandez 

Julio Hernandez serves two important roles for Clemson University: 

  • As assistant vice president for Inclusive Excellence, Hernandez assists the Chief Inclusion Officer Lee Gill on all strategic development and implementation of the Division of Inclusion and Equity’s programs. Hernadez creates initiatives that support and sustain a culturally diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment. This involves collaborating with campus leaders, students, alumni, faculty, staff and external constituents to promote equity and inclusion into all campus operations, facilitate cultural change and transformation of the student and employee experience. 
  • As the executive director for Hispanic Outreach, Hernandez is responsible for providing leadership and support to the university on recruiting, retaining and fostering a welcoming environment for Hispanic and Latinx students, staff and faculty. 
Chief Inclusion Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusive Excellence Lee Gill congratulates Hernandez on his award during the gala.

About the National Urban League 

Established in 1910, the National Urban League works with leaders within the community, corporate partners and policy makers at the national and local levels. According to the National Urban League website its mission is “To help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.”