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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At USC Sumter, we believe that diversity and inclusion is necessary to achieve academic and institutional excellence. Every student, faculty and staff member not only matters, but their unique perspectives are the core of our strength and our success.

DEI Meetings (Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes)

 

Committee Members

Chair: Michele Reese, English,  mnreese@uscsumter.edu

Keith Britton, Admission Service,  kbritton@uscsumter.edu
Adrienne Cataldo, Athletics, cataldo@email.sc.edu 
Sher Chhetri, Mathematics, schhetri@mailbox.sc.edu 
Luisa Melo, Management, lmelo@mailbox.sc.edu
Damien Picariello, Political Science, picaried@uscsumter.edu
Lisa Rosdail, Opportunity Scholars Program and Upward Bound, llrosdai@uscsumter.edu 
Kristopher Weissmann, Student Life and eSports, weissmak@uscsumter.edu 
Marchetta Williams, Human Resources, mlwillia@uscsumter.edu
 
 

DEI Charter

  • Provide a mechanism for receiving feedback about campus climate and culture as it relates to DEI;

  • Identify DEI strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within all aspects of campus life, including academic programs, campus organizations and activities, departmental policies and practices, campus publications, etc.;

  • Distinguish ways in which campus culture excludes in areas such as recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students, advancement, training, assignment of duties, etc.;

  • Develop and recommend strategies and plans to improve inclusion in all areas;

  • Promote DEI through a variety of mechanisms, including cultural events, trainings, workshops, community conversations, and social gatherings;

  • Examine, assess, reassess DEI efforts on campus and recommend plans, strategies, and modifications to the campus administration for continued improvement;

  • Document and broadly celebrate inclusivity successes with leadership, faculty, staff, students, and the broader community;

  • Guide the Student DEI Committee and host DEI student forums; and  

  • Regularly consult with and solicit advice from Admissions, Athletics, Disability Services, Human Resources, the Opportunity Scholars Program, Shaw AFB Programs, and Student Life.  

To successfully complete its purpose, the committee members should be selected encouraging a broad and inclusive understanding of diversity to foster the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture, and circumstance. These differences may include race, ethnicity, religion, age, creed, language, abilities/disabilities, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, immigration status, veteran status, and more. The membership will serve overlapping two-year terms beginning May 1 and consist of: 

  • Four full-time faculty members chosen by the Faculty Organization Chair and the Palmetto College Campus Dean and 

  • Five staff members chosen by the Chief Student Services Officer and the Palmetto College Campus Dean

DEI will: 

  • Elect a chair by May 15; 

  • Meet at least four times a year;

  • Keep minutes of each meeting (taken by a rotating secretary and approved by the committee by the next meeting); 

  • Conduct an annual survey of faculty, staff, and students;

  • Maintain a web page to communicate with the campus community DEI initiatives and events as well as solicit input from the community; 

  • Host at least one annual student forum; 

  •  Recommend to the administration actions based on input each semester; and 

  • Review its charter at least once a year. 

The chair will:

  • Call and preside over meetings;

  • Circulate an agenda at least one week prior to each meeting;

  • Act as the advisor to the Student DEI Committee;

  • Serve as the campus contact person for the course “Brave and Bold Dialogues: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion”; 

  • Sit on the Palmetto College Campuses DEI Committee; and 

  • Appoint any replacement for any vacancy that arises on the committee. 


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