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University Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Willette Burnham-Williams
Willette Burnham-Williams, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

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Hispanic Heritage Month  

September 15 - October 15

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Monthly Celebratiobns for September & October 2018

 

OCTOBER- National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed. I would love to come share with your people the ups and down of being a person with cerebral palsy. My victories and successes and how society has disabled me more than my actual disability has.

OCTOBER - LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement. I would love to share with your people my experience of coming out and how it's been more of a challenge to be an out gay person than it's been to live my whole life as a person with a severe disability. 

OCTOBER 3- World Cerebral Palsy Day. I would love to come share with your people the ups and down of being a person with cerebral palsy. My victories and successes and how society has disabled me more than my actual disability has.

OCTOBER 11- National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality. I would love to share with your people my experience of coming out and how it's been more of a challenge to be an out gay person than it's been to live my whole life as a person with a severe disability. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Contact Us

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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