Inclusive Excellence at USC

Thursday, November 16, 2023
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.

Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 


Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Access and Opportunity seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University's effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.

This is a required session for a certificate of completion in
Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.


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Toni Torres-McGehee
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Graduate Athletic Training Program Director
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Arnold School of Public Health

Toni Torres-McGehee’s research interests include sport nutrition, eating disorders, body image, female athlete triad, in female and males athletes as well as the military. Additionally, she is interested in prevention programs and screening methods for mental health disorders and the female athletes triad for collegiate dancers, athletes, and military personnel.

Jameka N. Jackson
Admissions DEI Pathway Coordinator and Student Success Coach
Office of Admissions
School of Medicine Greenville

Jameka N. Jackson, PhD (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently working for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville as the Admissions DEI Pathway Coordinator with the specific focus of recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented students in medicine (URM). She also works strategically on institutional DEI projects as prioritized by the Dean. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in political science from the University of South Carolina – Aiken, obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Augusta University (formally Georgia Regents University), and acquired a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational and Organizational Leadership Development with a higher education focus from Clemson University.

Jackson has over 12 years of experience in higher education and has held various roles including in student finance management; diversity, equity, and inclusion; admissions, and academia. While working for over a decade in student finance, Dr. Jackson (through her own lived experience, her interactions with diverse populations, and her passion for research) recognized that systemic oppression manifests at individual, ideological, structural, and cultural levels and has committed her career to thoroughly exploring the unique journey of marginalized populations and combatting systems of oppression that do not offer equitable opportunities to these communities.

To this end, she has conducted research with tenured faculty on a variety of topics, such as the experiences of Black men in the academy, advancing women to the full professorship, reasons for departure of students at technical colleges, and race relations of the 2008 presidential election. Jackson has published these works in peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of College Student Development and Questions in Politics.  She has presented at both local and national conferences for the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Clemson University’s Men of Color Summit, and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, COMSEP, and the Pediatric Chairs Group. She has also worked as visiting faculty for Clemson University where she developed curriculum and provided instruction for graduate students in the areas of student affairs, research, and diversity in higher education.  She also served as the commencement speaker for Clemson University’s doctoral hooding ceremony in 2021. Jackson is dedicated to incorporating the wealth of her experiences and the knowledge she has obtained from her personal encounters and research of marginalized populations to continue to support underrepresented communities and promote health equity in her current role.