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Office of Community and Belonging

Multicultural Student Initiatives

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Community and Belonging seeks to foster a culture of belonging through our Multicultural Student Initiatives. Student access, success, and retention are at the heart of what we do. We seek to provide opportunities to promote cultural competency through intentional programs and events.

The Kennard Scholars Program

Kennard Scholars Program

This Kennard Scholars Program helps eligible students fund their education and gain skills to help the be successful in college. The scholarship program is named for Clyde Kennard, a civil rights pioneer who led the way in desegregation in Mississippi higher education.

Celebration of Scholastic Excellence (COSE) 

This Celebration of Scholastic Excellence (COSE) awards is a partnership with the Afro-American Student Organization (AASO) to recognize the accomplishments of African American student leaders. We pay tribute to trailblazers who have paved the way for historically underserved students in higher education.

Men of Excellence (MOX) Men's Summit

MOX Men's Summit

The Men of Excellence (MOX) Men's Summit aims to support male student development and retention at Southern Miss.  

Kente Graduation Ceremony 

Kente Graduation Ceremony

The Kente Graduation Ceremony celebrates the educational achievements of students who are a part of the African diaspora population. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the heritage and accomplishments of graduating students as they transition into the professional world. Participating students receive a hand-woven Kente stole from Ghana, Africa. The Kente stole dates back to 12th century Africa and the Ashanti people. The cloth was traditionally worn by kings, queens, and influential figures in Ghana’s society during ceremonial occasions. The Kente Ceremony is traditionally held in the spring semester and is open to students graduating in the fall or spring semesters of that year.