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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Committee stands in front of the diversity and inclusion chalkboard, a public board for students, faculty and staff to share their ideas about why diversity matters.

HRSM Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The College of HRSM Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to cultivating an environment that promotes civility and respect. The College of HRSM Honors, Respects, and Supports our Multicultural community.


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Kim Boone, Member

Director of Special Events, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
"I hope the Diversity and Inclusion Committee encourages people to listen, learn and grow. Exposure to different experiences and perspectives makes people and places more successful."

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Paul Graham, Member

Instructor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
“When it comes to diversity and inclusion, I feel it is truly a learning process for all.  As a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, I feel it is our part to not only help people understand that process, but to also strive for our own personal growth and development.”

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Reenea Harrison, Member

Clinical Instructor and Internship Director, Department of Retailing
“Diversity is being invited to sit at the table. Inclusion is being listened to when you do. It is important for all of us to appreciate each other’s strengths, viewpoints, differences and similarities and to learn from them.”

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Daniela Jankovska, Member

Instructor, Department of Retailing
“My work to inspire the heart and sharpen the mind of undergraduate students for careers that span the entire industry has helped me understand the value of empathy with underprivileged groups. As a first generation student and now educator in my family, I am thrilled to contribute to further advance the College of HRSM in their diversity efforts. 

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Sporty Jeralds, Ex-Officio

HRSM Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
“I hope HRSM can be a place where everyone feels recognized and respected. Where everyone feels comfortable being themselves.”

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Bill Knapp, Member

Instructor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
“My thought of diversity and inclusion is a culture of open communication and active listening. I believe our responsibility to one another is to encourage individual identity and ideas to build socially sustainable, resilient communities.”

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Erica Lake, Director, Member

HRSM Director of Corporate Engagement
“I hope the College of HRSM’s Diversity and Inclusion committee helps to create an inclusive culture in which students, faculty and staff feel like they belong, are heard and respected. I also hope we celebrate the value that those individuals from underrepresented backgrounds bring to our college.”

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Susan O'Malley, Co-chair

Senior Instructor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
"One of my mentors said to me, 'It's a minority's job to hold the door open for other minorities.' So if I have a special niche here, it's to help our female students to get a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in leadership."

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Kathy Smiling, Co-chair

HRSM Assistant Dean of Student Services
“I see diversity as the acknowledgment of our differences and appreciation of the unique perspectives we bring to the classroom, college and UofSC community.”

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Sandy Strick, Member

Associate Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
“With healthy attitudes toward diversity and inclusion many wonderful things can result. My hope is for the committee to help students, faculty and staff develop a deeper understanding  and appreciation of the value of true diversity and inclusion.”



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