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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.

Furman announces plans for Chief Diversity Officer transition.

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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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SDP Presentations

The campus community is working together to identify specific actions and strategies that will help advance the university’s efforts toward creating a more diverse and inclusive environment for our community. These efforts are in alignment with and support Furman’s Strategic Diversity Plan (SDP). This work has been shared in a series of presentations hosted by various university divisions. The presentation recordings are included on this page.

Finance and Administration Presentation
July 20, 2021

Enrollment Management Presentation
July 29, 2021

University Communications Presentation
August 24, 2021

Development and Alumni and Parent Engagement
August 31, 2021

Academic Affairs
September 15, 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the news

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