Centers and Institutes

Faculty and Staff

Lamont A. Flowers Lamont A. Flowers is the Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development and the Executive Director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University.

Dr. Flowers received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also received a master's degree in social studies education and a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Iowa. Additionally, he received a master’s degree in industrial statistics from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Flowers has authored more than 100 scholarly publications examining academic and leadership issues in education as well as the factors impacting the pathways to a college degree and occupational attainment for African Americans. He has received grants to conduct research from the American Educational Research Association, Spencer Foundation, Association for Institutional Research, and the National Science Foundation. Also, Dr. Flowers has received several honors including the National Association for Multicultural Education’s Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award, the W.E.B. Dubois Higher Education Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association, and the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund.

Cindy G. Roper Cindy Roper is the Research and Planning Administrator at the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Applied Sociology from Clemson University. She is also a doctoral student in the Policy Studies Program at Clemson University. Her research interests include evaluation, policy research, financial aid, and the effects of inequity on education and life outcomes. 

Roper has conducted evaluations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She evaluated programs for Clemson University, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, and school districts. She co-authored papers on sustainability, economic indicators at the state level, burning of Black churches, and employment transportation needs.

Starlett Craig Starlett Craig is the Director of the Office of Academic Excellence at the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. During her career, she has worked for various government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. From 1981 to 1989, she served as the Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development at Western Carolina University. Craig received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Spelman College and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. She has done additional postgraduate coursework at Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Craig has written extensively about study abroad including authoring an article titled, "Study Abroad 101: The Basic Facts" that was published in The Black Collegian. She also hosts a listserv for the Black and Multicultural Professionals in International Education, an affiliate organization of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators.

As a member of the Diversity Scholarship Review Committee for the American Institute for Foreign Study, Craig helps select scholarship recipients to participate in global study programs around the world. She also serves as an online mentor with PLATO (Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach) at Loyola Marymount University. As a member of the Citizens of the World Project at Clemson University, she works with a dedicated committee to identify strategies and activities to enhance global competency and multicultural skills across the curricula. Craig has traveled to Germany, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, England, Spain, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Martinique, Canada, South Africa and Bahama Islands. Along with participating in site visits at various higher education institutions in many of these countries, she has also enabled high school students to participate in language and cultural immersion experiences. 

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