For the second year in a row, the University of South Carolina is recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusivity.

The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award is given to schools that demonstrate a commitment to a diverse campus experience. This year’s award was given to 55 other schools, and USC is the only school in South Carolina to win the award.


All undergraduate students need a mentor, someone who has been in their shoes who can help them find their own way. For many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at USC, Kayla Lisenby is that mentor.