Inclusive Excellence at UofSC

Monday, August 22, 2022
2:20 PM - 3:35 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


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


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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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.

Janice Baker
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Legal Writing Instructor
School of Law


Jan Baker is a Legal Writing Instructor and Director of the Konduros Leadership Development Program.  Baker’s courses include Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I and II, Writing in Law Practice, Consumer Bankruptcy Drafting, and Advanced Legal Writing: Online Civil Litigation Drafting.  She also teaches an undergraduate course, Tell Me a Story: Storytelling and Argumentation Ethics in Legal Advocacy, in the South Carolina Honors College.

Baker began her legal career as a Law Clerk to The Honorable George L. Proctor, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida.  Before joining the Law School faculty, Baker was in private practice with King & Dalrymple, P.A., dedicating her practice to representing consumers and small businesses in personal and corporate bankruptcy cases.  Baker is a co-author of The South Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual.  On the lighter side, Baker also co-authored two coloring books for The South Carolina Bar Association, one addressing the role of lawyers in society and another addressing the sensitive issue of divorce.

Baker is a member of the South Carolina Bar (inactive) and the Georgia Bar (inactive). She is an author, a frequent lecturer and a frequent moderator at seminars focusing on Legal Writing, Legal Citation, and Bankruptcy Practice.