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Clemson University

Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.


Diversity Profile: Clemson University

“Clemson University aspires to create a diverse community that welcomes people of different races, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientation, religions, socioeconomic levels, political perspectives, abilities, opinions, values and experiences. Clemson University will strive to reflect these differences in its decisions, curriculum, programs and actions. The institution will seek to ensure that underrepresented groups have equal access to the education and resource opportunities available at the University. Policy and procedures are carefully scrutinized to sustain an inclusive and productive environment.”

Clemson University is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. The policy of equality extends to both the employment practices and administration of programs and activities within the University. It applies (1) to persons seeking employment and those employed, and (2) to persons who wish to participate in and benefit from programs and activities, along with those who are now participants.

More on Clemson University's Policies and Procedures for Equitable Treatment

Departmental Hiring

The Office of Access and Equity monitors the hiring process to ensure compliance with affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

Americans with Disabilities

It is Clemson University's policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training or other conditions and privileges of employment.

Women and Minority Business Opportunities

Access and Equity engages in outreach efforts to women and minority-owned businesses and vendors to announce business opportunities at Clemson for procured services and capital projects on and off-campus, both public and private.

Chief Diversity Office
Clemson University
103 Sikes Hall
Box 345016
Clemson, SC 29634-5016

Leon E. Wiles
Chief of Diversity
Telephone: 864-656-4238
Fax: 864-656-4235
[email protected]

Leslie Doss
Administrative Coordinator
Telephone: 864-656-4238
[email protected]

The vision for the Chief Diversity Office is derived from the University’s aspirational statement regarding inclusion, which reads as follows:

“Clemson University aspires to create a diverse community that welcomes people of different races, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientation, religions, socioeconomic levels, political perspectives, abilities, opinions, values and experiences. Clemson University will strive to reflect these differences in its decisions, curriculum, programs and actions. The institution will seek to ensure that underrepresented groups have equal access to the education and resource opportunities available at the University. Policy and procedures are carefully scrutinized to sustain an inclusive and productive environment.

Learn more about the Office's Primary Goals and Responsibilities.

Bias Incident Response

Clemson University seeks to be an inclusive community that welcomes and respects all people. Every member of our community is expected to commit to the maintenance of a safe, respectful and welcoming community. Acts of incivility and intolerance are not acceptable within the context of the Clemson university community. The university has established a Bias Incident Response Protocol procedure to respond in an organized and consistent manner to bias incidents which may occur that involve students.

Acts of discrimination, harassment or other forms of intolerance perpetrated against any individual based upon the individual’s perceived age, ancestry, color, race, religion, national origin, culture, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, ability or veteran status should be reported to Leon E. Wiles, Chief Diversity Officer. Members of the university community may file reports of possible bias incidents using the Bias Incident Report Form.

Graduate Diversity Fellowship

The Diversity Fellowship committee made up of representatives from the Office of Access and Equity and the Graduate School, offers a variety of financial assistance opportunities for eligible minority students pursuing graduate education. More information here.

Diversity Education

The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life provides a variety of programs designed to increase dialogue throughout the Clemson community.  We aim to further develop the intercultural competencies of our students, faculty, and staff.

Our programs are a platform to tell your story, listen to the stories of others, and form a more meaningful understanding of personal and social identity. In addition to introspection and cultural exploration, we encourage action. Alongside our educational programs, you will find many opportunities for involvement in advocacy and student organizations. More information here.

Civil Treatment® for Managers

Civil Treatment® for Managers is a professional development program that provides a comprehensive approach to fair employment practices designed to help managers learn to deal constructively with employee and student issues and relationships on the job. It provides an interactive, skills-based approach to learning that will help to ensure that decision-making is done in a legal, fair, and reflective manner based on the University’s policies and procedures.

The program covers a variety of topics including: Favoritism and Inclusion, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Manager’s Duty to Act, Religion and National Origin, Age, Inappropriate Workplace Communications, ADA Accommodations, Interoffice Relationships, Abusive Behavior, Retaliation, Documentation, Mutual Banter, Sexual Orientation, and Workplace Violence. 

Civil Treatment® for Managers will ensure that managers and supervisors are knowledgeable of University policies and procedures related to fair employment and are equipped to act in ways that both demonstrate and establish expectations for employee behaviors consistent with values of civility, dignity, and respect.

Diversity Matters eNewsletter - Keep up to date with the Chief Diversity Office's news and events by subscribing to the Diversity Matters eNewsletter.

More about the Chief Diversity Office here.

Diversity Programs and Contacts can be found here

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by a lake and its own forest, Clemson University — South Carolina’s land-grant and highest-ranked institution — is committed to academic excellence, public service, economic development and innovative research, with students at the heart of it all. Clemson boasts its own 17,500-acre experimental forest, is home to the 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden, and sits on the shores of Hartwell Lake, one of the Southeast’s most popular recreation sites.

Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich “Clemson Experience,” which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and a lot of support from fellow Tigers. Come visit Clemson and experience all that this University has to offer.

Once you’ve decided to visit campus, you should add some of the following places to your list of things to see or do.


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    Date Announced: July 17, 2019

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