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Office of Community and Belonging

Community Outreach

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Community and Belonging impacts the campus community through Community Outreach. We help create community service experiences that mutually benefit student volunteers and our community partners. We strive to create globally aware students who are prepared to leave their communities better than they found them!

The Big Event

The Big Event is an annual day of service for Southern Miss students to connect to Hattiesburg through volunteering. The Big Event 2025 date is coming soon!

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Campus-Wide Service Days

We help coordinate campus-wide community service efforts like The Big Event, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and the GEWW and Homecoming days of service.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Service Break (ASB) is a unique learning experience when students travel to perform meaningful and reflective service. Students participate in a variety of cultural, educational and reflective activities that do good and meet community needs. Previous trips have focused on addressing issues like food insecurity, homelessness, and advocating for civil and environmental rights. 


IMPACT is a work-study program that connects Southern Miss students with partners in Hattiesburg. Work-study eligible students are placed at service sites with the goal on increasing their appreciation for civic engagement and improving their career readiness. IMPACT student employees work up to 20 hours per week.

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Kennard Scholars Service Day

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Get Connected!

Southern Miss wants our students to track their service efforts with our volunteer platform:

Get Connected

  • Volunteer hours must be entered the Friday before finals begin every semester. 
  • Registered student organizations can use Get Connected to track group service hours.
    • Provides a quick way for your service event attendees to gain credit for the service that they complete with your organization
    • Allows organizations to better track their impact in the community
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