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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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 UofSC'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. 

Fall 2020

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)   Jewish  Sept. 18-20, 2020
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)  Jewish Sept. 27-28, 2020
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)  Jewish Oct. 2-9, 2020
Shmini Atzeret  Jewish Oct. 9-11, 2020
Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 10-11, 2020
Navratri/Dassehra Hindu  Oct. 17-26, 2020
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad)  Islamic  Oct. 29, 2020
Diwali  Hindu  Nov. 14, 2020
Thanksgiving Day    Nov. 26, 2020
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 10-18, 2020
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2020
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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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 UofSC 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 UofSC, a place which has become his home.

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UofSC 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.

Patrick Hairston teachs to a class during the new diversity and inclusion in sport management class.

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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