Last month, I had the honor of becoming the University of South Carolina's first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In my first month, I have spoken to countless alumni, friends, students and leaders and learn more about this incredible university. At the heart of each of these conversations is a commitment to sharing what I believe to be true.
I believe we are at a moment when we can address longstanding issues of racism, inequities and systemic oppression. I believe we are at a moment when we can de-normalize these societal ills that have been allowed to thrive for too long.
I believe we must be continually listening and engaging with each other to chart the path toward a more inclusive UofSC. Meeting this moment will require bold leadership, new ideas, full acknowledgement of our complex institutional past, and dialogue.
And I believe campaigns like One Creed, One Carolina can help us fully reflect our values of inclusion, equity and diversity, while also affirming our diverse multitude of faculty, staff and students.
As a public flagship university, we have a role to play in these conversations nationally, but also -- and more importantly -- on our campus and in our state. I’m excited about joining the Gamecock community and expanding our capacity for inclusive excellence. Visit One Creed, One Carolina today and see how you can get involved.
Thank you for your consideration.
Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University of South Carolina