Dr. Shirley Staples Carter
In January 2019, Dr. Shirley Staples Carter was named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina.
In this capacity, Carter provides primary leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion in the CIC. She works with college and school leadership to facilitate the development of programs, policies and practices to promote critical understanding of diversity and equity issues across the college, local community, state, and nation.
As the thought leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the college, Carter reports to the dean and works directly with college and school leadership, faculty, staff and students to create a vision and strategy supporting the CIC’s commitment to be a diverse, welcoming, safe and inclusive learning, teaching, and working environment.
Carter also implements systems, processes, and other infrastructure to support, encourage and promote all CIC/SJMC/SLIS diversity and inclusion strategies and goals.
As the CIC Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Carter serves on the university’s Council of Academic Diversity Officers who report to their respective Deans and work with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to support and advance university diversity equity and inclusion efforts.