The Clemson International Center for Automotive Research (I-CAR) served as host of a congressional subcommittee hearing in Greenville on Tuesday.
On the panel was Dr. Thomas F. Moore, chancellor of the University of South Carolina-Upstate. He spoke to Fourth District congressman Trey Gowdy and Representative Joe Wilson.
Moore told the panel the diverse demographics of the school impact its curriculum and connect with higher education. “We’re educating the population of this part of the state of South Carolina and our demographics reflect that exactly.”
He also said the diversity of students makes for a vibrant educational community and that he’s convinced meaningful educational experiences demand frequent and ongoing encounter with “the different.” He explained, “That ethnic diversity creates a kind of environment where you have very different backgrounds, very different perspectives, a rich a vital educational environment for this part of the people of South Carolina. And that’s the world they will be living and working in for the rest of their lives. So they’re encountering that where they are so it really does enrich our community and our educational experience.”
Other representatives from education and industry who spoke included Clemson University President James Barker, Greenville Tech President Keith Miller, and Ms. Amy Hickman, President ECPI University of Greenville.