Community, Engagement, Belonging and Access

Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate Spring sessions open for registration


Clemson University’s Division of Inclusion and Equity finalized the spring session offerings for the Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate (SIEC). Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attain the certificate designed to help develop the skills needed for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion at Clemson.

The SIEC program is one part of a long-term plan recommended by a history task force and adopted by Clemson’s Board of Trustees in 2016 to develop a comprehensive set of actionable recommendations for how Clemson can better tell the University’s complete history in a way that is “forthcoming, accurate and beneficial.”

The program 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.

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Clemson University Historian Paul Anderson teaches a “Community and History at Clemson” workshop in the Academic Success Center that was part of the Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate program.

“Over 200 staff, faculty and graduate students from across Clemson University have engaged in the Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate program since its inception in fall 2019,” said Kendra Stewart-Tillman, assistant vice president for diversity education and executive director of the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center. “The workshops offered as part of the certificate have helped connect members from across campus to one another and engage in skill-building for embedding equity, diversity and inclusion in all facets of the campus experience.”

The SIEC is based on academic research in organizational leadership development, behavioral and social sciences and education. The interactive curriculum features real-life best practices from a variety of organizations and utilizes case studies, videos, personal reflection, scenario analysis and group discussions.

The workshops give participants the opportunity to:

  • Explore their own backgrounds, identities and cultures.
  • Earn foundational concepts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Identify equitable practices and policies to promote success for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Build interdisciplinary relationships that will enhance inclusive excellence.

The SIEC is a three-semester experience. The certificate requirements for entering participants are:

  • Semester One: 101 Core Workshop and three Elective Workshops
  • Semester Two: 201 Core Workshop, two Elective Workshops and one Elective Experience
  • Semester Three: 301 Core Workshop, two Elective Experiences and Capstone Campus Action Project

Participants who began pursuing the Certificate prior to fall 2020 will be able to attain the certificate with previously stated requirements. All are welcome to participate in experiences (given capacity) even if not pursuing the certificate.

Visit Tiger Training to register for any of the workshops. Below is the spring 2021 schedule:

Elective Workshops:


LGBTQ Awareness and EmpathyJanuary 25, 1-3 p.m. – Ciera Durden


Hispanic Engagement in AcademiaFebruary 2, 9 — 10 a.m. – Julio Hernandez

ClemsonLife: Supporting Students with DisabilitiesFebruary 10, 1 p.m. – Dr. Joe Ryan

Inclusive Excellence 201 (Prereq. 101)February 17, 9 – 11:30 a.m. – Dr. Rachel Wagner and Dr. Natasha Croom

Interfaith LiteracyFebruary 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m. – Jacob Frankovich


Inclusive Excellence 201 (Prereq 101)March 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m. – Dr. Rachel Wagner and Dr. Natasha Croom

LGBTQ Action and Advocacy – March 10, 1 – 3 p.m. – Ciera Durden

International Student ExperiencesMarch 23, 1 – 3:00 p.m. – Lindsey Hill

Veterans – Green Zone TrainingMarch 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. – Brennan Beck


Implicit BiasApril 5, 1 – 3 p.m. – Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman

Intercultural Development Inventory April 15, 9 – 10:30 a.m. – Sallie Turnbull and Dr. Kendra Stewart-Tillman

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Examples: Cultural Awareness Events sponsored by Academic Departments and Programs; Power of Perspective Panels; Embracing Community; Diversity Commissions Events; Men of Color Summit; and more!

Elective experiences attendance will be captured by attendee providing evidence of attendance and at least ½-page reflection of what was learned from experience.

Capstone Campus Action Project will be offered in fall 2021 (summer 2021 as a possible earliest) due to facilitator capacity.

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