Impact Agenda 2018-2023

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In accord with Up. Together – The USC Upstate Strategic Plan 2018-2023, three critical areas of collective focus have been designated to capture the energy surrounding our University’s exponential growth and expanding regional footprint, our continuing commitment to student and employee excellence across all of our learning and working environments, as well as our role as a public, regional comprehensive university in service to the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina. Those areas are Wellness, Equity and Civility and each one serves as the foundation for corresponding initiatives that seek to strengthen our organizational/operational practices and deliver on the promise of creating transformative opportunities for our students, our workforce and our region.

Wellness represents the creation and promotion of environmental conditions that produce positive and healthful physical, emotional and educational outcomes that demonstrate our collective commitment to the holistic and professional development of all members of the campus community.

Equity represents the creation and maintenance of operational processes, practices and spaces that affirm identity, promote safety, inclusion and fairness and celebrate and expand the intellectual, cultural and experiential dimensions of humanity.

Civility represents the embodiment of professionalism in our interpersonal and organizational communication and conduct both, individually and collectively.

Each initiative is representative of this university’s commitment to:

Address opportunities for innovation and improvement

  • Evidence-based decision-making and alignment of University resources
  • Continuous assessment, evaluation and feedback across all levels of the University
  • The delivery of specific, measurable outcomes and actions in full alignment with University goals that become embedded in USC Upstate’s organizational culture and practices.


Leadership coordination of the university’s impact agenda is maintained by the Chief Diversity Officer. For more information, please contact:

Alphonso Atkins Jr.
Chief Diversity Officer
EO/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 864-503-5959