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Chief Diversity Officer

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Furman University works collaboratively with units and individuals across campus to grow and sustain Furman’s commitment to encouraging the pursuit of diversity, inclusion and equity as essential components of creating education that transforms, connections that endure and communities that flourish. In undertaking this work, the CDO partners with other campus leaders to advance the concept of inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence is a framework designed to support the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core functions and operations of the university. Inclusive excellence advances The Furman Advantage by institutionalizing educational equity and reflecting an explicit understanding that diversity, equity and inclusion are catalysts for institutional and educational excellence and are not isolated initiatives.

  • Michael E. Jennings
    Title:

    Chief Diversity Officer; Professor of Education

    Michael E. Jennings

    Michael E. Jennings
    Title:

    Chief Diversity Officer; Professor of Education

    Phone Number: 864.294.2461

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  • One of Furman’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our community. However, that’s only one part of the equation. As we continue to become a more diverse community, we must embrace the importance of becoming a more inclusive and equitable community. Being more inclusive means fostering a sense of belonging among all individuals and groups in our community. Being more equitable means working to ensure that historically underrepresented and underserved populations have fair and just access to the resources and opportunities needed to pursue their full potential.

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    Strategic Diversity Plan

    Our strategic diversity plan expresses our philosophy around the concept of inclusive excellence while laying out a set of common goals and objectives.

    Read our Strategic Diversity Plan

    Ad Hoc Committee on Black Life at Furman

    On Sept. 7, 2020, Furman President Elizabeth Davis announced the creation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Black Life at Furman.

    Read the Committee's Report
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