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University Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator

willette burnham, university chief diversity officer
Willette Burnham-Williams, PhD





Call for Nominations | Earl B. Higgins Awards

MUSC’s Department of  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 Earl B. Higgins Leadership in Diversity Awards. Established to honor the former director of minority affairs, the awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions, persistence and dedication individual members of the MUSC community (students, faculty, staff and healthcare professionals) have made towards enhancing and advancing diversity and inclusion at the Medical University of South Carolina.

We seek nominations for three separate awards:

1. The Earl B. Higgins 2018 University Leadership in Diversity Award

2.  The Earl B. Higgins 2018 Student Leadership in Diversity Award

3. The Earl B. Higgins 2018 MUSC Health Leadership in Diversity Award

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The University Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for the leadership and management of the University’s strategic diversity initiatives and multi-faceted diversity programs.  The CDO works directly with the 6 colleges, research and support business units to further MUSC’s values, priorities, mission and vision.  The CDO and her staff are responsible for working collaboratively with internal and external community stakeholders including students, faculty and staff to ensure that organizational priorities and goals pertaining to equity, inclusion and excellence are institutionalized, sustained and measured in order to “create an inclusive experience for the lives we touch.” 

The University CDO reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations and serves on the President’s University Leadership Council.

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Department of Diversity,
Equity & Inclusion

173 Ashley Avenue, MSC 502
Basic Science Building
Room 104

Charleston, SC 29425-5020

Office: 843-792-1072
Fax: 843-792-1288



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