The Real DEIL Recognition

Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across the MUSC Enterprise. 

Recognize The Real DEIL (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader)  

The Real DEIL Award Program focuses on our people, by highlighting employees at various levels and in many different areas of MUSC who are owning and sharing DEI work and principles. It will recognize the grassroots programs, actions and initiatives that make an impact within the direct area or department, but the program's impact may not have spread across the entire MUSC Enterprise yet. These contributions could be occasional or continuous in nature. The primary goal of the MUSC Real DEIL program is to focus on employees who are owning and sharing diversity, equity and inclusion work and principles, with a secondary goal to help elevate the culture of One MUSC by celebrating these diversity initiatives on an individual level to help inspire others to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in their roles. The Real DEIL Awards will be complimentary to the already established Earl B Higgins Awards. If the work and impact of the REAL DEIL award  programs' recipients continue to grow, they may later be recognized by the Earl B. Higgins Award. The Earl B. Higgins Award recognizes the significant and sustained contributions to MUSC. Both awards, the Real DEIL and the Earl B. Higgins, are recognized, administered and supported by the Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Nominate a Real Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader by completing this electronic form. If you have questions regarding this recognition, please contact Imari J. Woods II, MHSA. Program Manager, Training and Intercultural  Education. 

Previous Awardees: 

January 2023

Parneet Grewal, MBBS
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine
Recognized for educating and training neurology trainees, raising awareness and building skills to mitigate the impact of pervasive inequities. 

December 2022

Jonah Burrell

Jonah Burrell, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse II, Institute of Psychiatry 3-North
Recognized for championing LGBTQIA+ inclusion through education and community engagement. 

November 2022

Demetress Adams Ludd

Demetress Adams Ludd, LMSW
Social Worker III, Tobacco Treatment Program, MUSC Health Florence and MUSC Health Marion
Recognized for creating allyship and camaraderie amongst team and advancing DEI throughout the organization. 

Xzavier Killings

Xzavier Killings
4th year College of Medicine Student
Recognized for advancing innovative research in topics such as gun safety and perceptions of racism in Black Charleston teens.