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Diversity and Inclusion

Strengthening the college’s culture of consciousness serves as the foundation for advancing diversity and inclusion programs, practices, policies and partnerships that enhance our learning and working environment for all. These initiatives include leadership development and representation, mentorship, recruitment of minority students and employees, and scholarships that improve access to enrichment opportunities.

The college's diversity and inclusion efforts support a broad range of underrepresented individuals, including people from different racial, ethnic and gender minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Diversity and inclusion are integral parts of USC's vision and priorities, as outlined by the university's Strategic Priority No. 4: Increase Diversity for South Carolina: A Path to Excellence, and the Carolina Creed.

Below are  some of the resources and information from the university and college, and more will be added as we expand our efforts. 

While our ultimate goal is a unified and inclusive campus environment, incidents of bias and hate do occur. Report incidents of bias or hate here.


College of HRSM Diversity and Inclusion Fund

Gifts of all sizes have a collective impact to support and bring attention to special projects that benefit underrepresented students, including scholarship and internship opportunities, mentorship and professional development programming. Your gift allows us to live the Carolinian Creed more fully.

HRSM Diversity and Inclusion News


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Ambassador: Alyssia Ross becomes a leader through dedication to serving others

Alyssia Ross came to the University of South Carolina determined to get involved and make the most of her time as a student, both in class and out. Her success proved to be a blessing to countless others, as she found her niche in making others feel welcome.

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Department of Sport and Entertainment Management announces Howard “Humpy” Wheeler Endowed Scholarship

Generations of students in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management will benefit from a new scholarship established by a generous gift from university alumnus Howard “Humpy” Wheeler.

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Department of Sport and Entertainment Management announces 2021 Tepper Scholars

The beginning of the 2021-22 academic year at the University of South Carolina includes the arrival of four very special freshmen: the second cohort of Tepper Scholars. The university’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management welcomed the four freshmen who are recipients of its most prestigious scholarship program.

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Passion for service motivates USC senior to a career of hospitality and teaching

Ashlyn Ooi discovered her passion early in her college career, and it’s one that suits a hospitality management major perfectly. Ooi truly loves to serve others, and it became clear to her at her first job that she wanted to turn that drive into a career.

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Cárdenas named interim dean of College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

David Cárdenas has been named the interim dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, effective July 1.

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Graduating senior put hard work and sweat into making college experience more rewarding and inclusive

Ashley Simpson is a leader. Her willingness to get involved and step out front has shaped the 2021 graduate's very successful career at the University of South Carolina. But, her journey did not come without hard work and sweat.

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Leap of faith leads to success for USC international graduate

Guanlin Wu took a giant step, leaving his home in Beijing to travel more than 7,000 miles to a place he had never visited. This spring, he graduates with honors from USC, a place which has become his home.

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USC student heads to Notre Dame for graduate school after breaking the mold in Columbia

An opportunity to customize an eclectic path to academic excellence at has been the key to success for Kabir Mann, described by his professors as "brilliant."

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Honoring Professor Ernest Boger — HRSM's first Black faculty member

When Ernest Boger arrived at the University of South Carolina in 1984 to become the first Black professor in what is now known as the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, he was breaking barriers. By then, however, it was nothing he had not done before.

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Sport and entertainment management major sets sights on Las Vegas

Shawnese Cleveland graduates in May with a degree in sport and entertainment management. She plans to begin her career working with a gaming company in Las Vegas.

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New course on diversity and inclusion in sport management

University of South Carolina students are taking a new class this semester that addresses one of the most important issues facing the sport industry and society at large.


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