Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services promotes the holistic development of students representing diverse groups through leadership development, educational programming and collaboration with University departments. The Office strives to increase recruitment and retention of diverse students by creating a strong sense of campus community and assisting students in becoming successful graduates. The Office sponsors the Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office, Allies Training, and the University's Black History Month program among other events.
On the Gulf Park campus, the Division of Student Affairs offers a wide range of activities, services, and opportunities to become engaged in student life that challenges students, develops habits of excellence, and connects life outside the classroom to the formal academic curriculum. Its activities support diversity and inclusion on the Gulf Park campus through sponsorship of various student organizations and events such as Transgender Awareness Day.
The Southern Miss Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office's mission is to create an affirming and supportive campus environment for students of all gender and sexual identities, and to provide academic, campus, and community resources for students, faculty, and staff. It's activities include providing Allies training in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services.
Southern Mississippi is committed to providing equal access for persons with disabilities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in programs or activities. The Office of Disability Accommodations (ODA) interacts with all offices and departments on campus to ensure that students with disabilities have full access to, and participation in, university activities. ODA strives to create a positive campus environment where students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue careers on the basis of personal interest and ability.
The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is Mississippi's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Research, Education, and Service, which Its mission is to positively affect the lives of Mississippi citizens with developmental and other disabilities and their families across the life span and to work toward increasing their independence, productivity, and integration into their communities. IDS has a variety of programs to assist individuals with disabilities and their families with priority areas such as housing, early intervention, inclusive child care, training and employment for young people with disabilities, assistive technology, recreation, health, education, and family support.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) strives to be a leader in providing for the needs of non-immigrant students and scholars while promoting a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and mutual support at The University of Southern Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, the nation, and the world. ISSS serves the international student and scholar community by providing advice, counseling, and advocacy regarding academic, personal, and immigration concerns.
The Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity protects the Civil Rights of all Southern Miss students and employees.
The University's Institutional Diversity Committee (IDC) identifies and addresses issues of inclusivity by constructively engaging the University community and advising the President on policies, procedures, and programs that encourage the University to live by the values expressed in our non-discrimination policy statement.
The Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) is an interdisciplinary group of USM-affiliated individuals interested in women's issues on campus and in the local Hattiesburg community. Since 1984, the CSRW has been active in the promotion of women's issues by coordinating the University's annual Women's History Month program and providing funding for research by faculty and students related to gender and women.