Inclusive Excellence at USC

Monday, January 23, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

The 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.


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 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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 workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.


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Benjamin Roth
Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Associate Professor
College of Social Work

Benjamin Roth joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2013. He is a faculty associate at the University of South Carolina’s Walker Institute of International and Area Studies and a member of the core faculty of the Rule of Law Collaborative. Roth received his Master of Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 

Roth’s research is at the intersection of immigration and social stratification, with a focus on youth and barriers to social mobility. Recent work has explored the role of school social workers in immigrant-serving schools across the country, and the role of human service organizations in immigrant communities. He has also completed independent research on the Venezuelan migration crisis in Bogotá, Colombia and a project focused on the impact of separating immigrant parents and children at the U.S. border.  

He has received funding from sources such as the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His publications have appeared in the Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, American Journal of Public Health, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, among others.  

Maria Hickman
Senior Associate AD/Academics & Student Development
Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Services

Maria Hickman is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development. She has overseen the academic staff in the Dodie Anderson Academic Center and the daily academic and life skill operation for all student-athletes since January 1, 2013. Under Hickman's leadership the athletics department has experienced record-setting grade-point averages for its student-athletes and continues to lead the SEC with the number of student-athletes named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Student-athlete participation in community service has increased significantly.

Prior to South Carolina, Hickman worked at the University of Richmond from 2005-2007, where she served as an Academic Coordinator with the football, baseball, field hockey and lacrosse teams and Life Skills Coordinator. Before that, she worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville while earning her master's degree in sport administration. A native of Statesville, N.C., Hickman graduated from Mars Hill College with a dual degree in business administration and sports management.