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Clemson University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
105 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
Phone
(864) 656-3311
School Information
"Initially an all-male, all-white military school, Clemson Agricultural College opened in July 1893 with 446 students. Clemson became a coeducational, civilian institution in 1955. In 1963, with the admission of Harvey Gantt, Clemson became the first traditionally white institution in South Carolina to desegregate since Reconstruction. With academic offerings and research pursuits, the institution became Clemson University in 1964." The university enrolls over 26,300 students, offers over 300 academic programs, and has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.clemson.edu/about/history/) (Source: https://www.clemson.edu/about/index.html)
General Information
Clemson University has taken steps to rename Tillman Hall, with its Board of Trustees unanimously voting to ask the South Carolina legislature for permission to change the name to "Main Building." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As a means to “develop the skills needed to advance Clemson’s equity, diversity, and inclusion,” the Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted its inaugural Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate (SIEC) on October 19, 2021.
  • As part of the general education degree requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, each undergraduate must complete at least 3 credits from the Cross-Cultural Awareness course list.
Resources
  • On February 18, 2022, Clemson University hosted a webinar on the Open for Anti-Racism program which is a “nation wide initiative that supports faculty aiming to leverage Open Education to make teaching antiracist and close equity gaps.”
  • Clemson Libraries provides Racial Injustice and Anti-Racist Resources with distinct resources on “Anti-Racist Teaching Pedagogy” as well as “White Allyship.”
  • Organizations like Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have invested in Clemson University’s “nationally recognized diversity and inclusion programming.”
  • The Office of Inclusion and Equity has an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness (IDEA) book club that meets regularly and reads and discusses books to expand diversity and equity relations.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university's Board of trustees unanimously voted "to restore Tillman Hall to its original name of the Main Building, commonly called 'Old Main'."
  • Clemson received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the fifth consecutive year.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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