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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 undergraduate African-American students than 97% of all colleges in the United States (2016).
  • 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

Office Initiatives

While the university leaders are collectively working to achieve an inclusive university environment, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is dedicating its time to a unique set of programs and initiatives, addressing just one part of a larger university plan.

University Initiatives

Inspired by our students’ concerns, our work to create a more diverse and inclusive campus community is an ongoing process. Learn more about the breadth of work currently being endeavored in offices across the University.

Campus Climate Survey

In March 2016, undergraduate students participated in the first online campus climate survey. Covering a variety of important topics related to life at Carolina, the survey will be administered to faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students every two years so that we can celebrate our successes and work together to find solutions for common concerns.

SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation

Modeled after The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation’s The Welcome Table program, the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation (SCCRR) engages internal and external university community members by creating spaces for healthy dialog about race and thoughtful actions that lead toward the reconciliation and healing of racial and other social differences in both the university community and communities across South Carolina.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

The commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a rich history at the University of South Carolina. Even before the inception of the national holiday, commemorative activities were held at USC. Learn more about how we honor his legacy.