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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Key Diversity Initiatives

Let's continue to talk with each other, to share our concerns, to voice our grievances, to offer solutions, to report unacceptable incidences and also to celebrate the rich diversity that we share.

President Harris Pastides

Diversity is the result of true civility. At the University of South Carolina, our leaders and our campus community are actively engaged in initiatives that will enhance and enrich the lives of our students, faculty and staff. And while we've already made some progress, we're committed to responding to concerns, and taking a pro-active role in addressing all issues related to diversity and inclusion.


  • Recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years
  • Columbia Undergraduate Minority Enrollment Growth Fall 2009 to Fall 2015:
    • African-American enrollment has increased from 2214 to 2449 (10.6%).
    • Hispanic enrollment has increased from 647 to 1065 (63%).
    • Two or more races from 613 to 837 (36.5%).
    • Non-white has increased from 4641 to 5777 (24.4%)
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education reported that USC graduates more African-American students than 97% of all colleges in the United States (2014).
  • Recognized in a report by The Education Trust as one of the leading universities in the country for improving graduation rates for underrepresented students (2015)


How We're Addressing the Issues