Community, Engagement, Belonging and Access

Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate offered online for Fall semester


Clemson University’s commitment to inclusion and equity ensure progress will be made this Fall semester despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. One example is the Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate program, which has transitioned online this fall.

A teacher gestures stands at the front of a classroom and gestures to his students
Clemson University Historian Paul Anderson teaches a “Community and History at Clemson” workshop in the Academic Success Center as part of the Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate program in January, 2020

The program aims to help faculty, staff and graduate assistants develop the skills needed to advance equity, diversity and inclusion at Clemson. It is one part of a long-term plan recommended by the University history task force and was adopted by Clemson’s trustees in 2016 to tell the University’s complete history in a way that is “forthcoming, accurate and beneficial.”

The program also supports the ClemsonForward strategic plan and is based on the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) guiding principles for access, student success and high-quality learning.

The workshops allow participants the key opportunities, including:

  1. Exploring personal backgrounds, identities and cultures.
  2. Learning foundational concepts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  3. Identifying equitable practices and policies to promote success for all students, faculty and staff.
  4. Building interdisciplinary relationships that will enhance inclusive excellence.

The fall 2020 framework for participants is:

  • Semester 1 – 101 core workshop, three elective workshops
  • Semester 2 – 201 core workshop, two elective workshops, one elective experience
  • Semester 3 – 301 core workshop, two elective experiences, a capstone campus action project

Participants who began pursuing the certificate prior to fall 2020 will be able to earn it through previously stated requirements. If capacity allows, all are welcome to participate, including those not pursuing the certificate.

Workshop schedule and instructors:

September core/elective workshops

Sept. 28, 9-11:30 a.m. — Inclusive Excellence 101, Kendra Stewart-Tillman

Sept. 28,  2-3:30 p.m. — Classism,  Rachel Wagner

October core/elective workshops

Oct. 5, 9:30 -11 a.m. — First Generation Students, Michelle Boettcher

Oct. 7, 1-2:30 p.m. — Inclusive Excellence 101, Kendra Stewart-Tillman

Oct. 14, Noon-1:30 p.m. — Race and Racism in Higher Education, Natasha Croom

Oct. 21, 9-11:30 a.m. — Inclusive Excellence 301, Rachel Wagner and Natasha Croom

Oct. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. — Interfaith Literacy, Jacob Frankovich

Oct. 28, 10- 11:30 a.m. — Intercultural Development Inventory, Sallie Turnbull and Jerad Green

Oct. 29, Noon-1 p.m. — Veterans Green Zone Training, Brennan Beck

November elective workshops

Nov. 9,  2-3:30 p.m. — Advancing Indigeneity on Campus, Rachel Wagner, Jerad Green, Matt Hooley, Jim Jeffries

Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-noon — LGBTQ Awareness and Empathy – Ciera Durden

Nov. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. — Sexism in the Workplace, Angie Carter and Cynthia Sims

Nov. 18, 9-11 a.m. — Understanding the ADA, Priscilla Harrison and Billy Edwards

Elective experiences

Elective experiences will be shared with participants as they are scheduled throughout the semester.

Examples: Power of Perspective Panels, Embracing Community Virtual Dialogues, Diversity Commissions Panel, Diverse Student Experiences Panel, Men of Color Summit and more.


Register in Tiger Training

Contact Kendra Stewart-Tillman, Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education, at for more information.

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