Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mission Statement:

Clemson Athletics seeks to provide a safe, equitable and inclusive environment for all, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality, socioeconomic background, disability or any other defining characteristic. We believe a diverse, welcoming community is core to our identity and creates better ideas, policy and actions.

Furthermore, we seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds.

Discrimination of any kind or intolerance of any level has no place within Clemson Athletics, whether on the field, in the classroom, in the locker room or in the stands.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT CLEMSON...

In October 2020 Jordy Kirr formed the The We CU Committee comprised of 60 coaches and staff members to ensure planning, development and implementation of Clemson Athletics’ commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Committee objective is to sustain the work identified inside the Athletic Department Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan, and regularly interface with Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity.

Today, we are deep in the implementation phase of the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan, and the committee has matured and transformed into a council structure. The We CU Council consists of 12 staff members who are deeply committed to moving the needle on behalf of the department in the following areas of the strategic plan:

Inclusive Development / Fundraising Practices. 

Establish and maintain inclusive development/ fundraising practices. Focus on establishing a Women in Philanthropy Program aimed at engaging more women donors and ultimately raising more funds in support of women’s sports & programs.

Communications and Marketing: External Messaging and Branding. 

Ensure inclusive marketing and branding efforts. Celebrate and recognize diversity & inclusion through internal & external marketing efforts throughout the year. Collaborates with Dr. Rhondda Thomas and the Call My Name team to document stories and the history of African Americans participating in Clemson Athletics.

Culture of support for Diversity and Inclusion for Staff. 

Develop and implement education and resources to support underrepresented/underserved populations among CUAD staff. 

Culture of support for Diversity and Inclusion for Student-Athletes. 

Promote and support student-athlete development services for underrepresented/underserved student-athlete populations. Evaluate and develop voting, research and resource initiatives. Increase awareness and enhancement of the current Tigers Unite Program.

Recruitment & Retention of Staff. 

Increase the diversity of students in student assistant roles, and develop and implement a recruitment process for Athletics that ensures searches for full-time staff and coaches are inclusive.


2022-23 We CU Council:

Plan Administrators:

Council Members:

 

*The We CU Council meets on a monthly basis. If you want to learn how to get more involved in the work or have questions about our upcoming celebrations and events, please don’t hesitate to contact Jordy Kirr.


Our Work:

  • Provide a safe, supportive, equitable and inclusive environment for all
  • Develop and implement inclusive policies and procedures
  • Establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation and career opportunities for all
  • Recruitment and retention engagement for staff
  • Commit financial support to programming that supports diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Facilitate diversity and inclusion training and education for staff and student-athletes
  • Create space and opportunities for feedback and discussion
  • Maintain inclusive and equitable marketing and branding efforts
  • Implement inclusive fundraising practices

DEIB Heritage Months & Celebrations:

Clemson Athletics is committed to providing an environment conducive to equal access and participation for student-athletes, staff and supporters of all gender identities and sexual orientations.


Resources:

  • For more information on Clemson University’s LGBTQ+ programming, click here and for student organizations, click here.
  • For more information on the NCAA’s Resources on inclusion, click here.
  • For more information on the NCAA’s Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes policy, please click here.
  • To watch a video on what it means to be an ally, click here.