The fundamental purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is to promote a culture of inclusion and equity. The Council will meet this goal by seeking to accomplish Strategic Initiatives Seven and Four of The Citadel’s Leadership Excellence and Academic Distinction (LEAD) Plan 2018, by working to fulfill the recommendations of the 2012 Institutional Program Assessment Committee (IPAC) Report, and by promoting The Citadel Core Value of Respect. The Council will also provide guidance and leadership to improve The Citadel’s success in certain objective measurements of diversity in both the school’s work force and student body.
To excel as a leader in diversity, inclusion and equity at all levels of the institution.
To create and support a culture of equal opportunity where the personal and professional growth and advancement of every individual is valued and strengthened.
Council Role and Responsibilities
In addition to providing recommendations regarding current policy, policy development and other matters, members of the Council will:
- Be effective communicators by looking for opportunities to share with the community the value and importance The Citadel places on a diverse workforce and student body.
- Review analyses of data for action, benchmarking, special initiatives, recommendations and other activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Maintain general oversight for diversity, equity and inclusion activities on campus to facilitate collaborations, decrease duplication of services, and to unify efforts in this area for consistent messaging, communication and increased value.
- Promote a campus wide culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council Chairs
Dr. Shawn Edwards, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Inclusive Excellence Officer
Director of MSSIS
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council Members
The Citadel Foundation
Communications and Marketing
Lieutenant Orlando Garcia
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Education
Facilities & Engineering
The Krause Center
Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business
Finance and Business
Truth and Racial Healing Center
Swain School of Math & Science
Vonzell “Von” Yeager