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Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

PRISM

Mission

The PRISM LGBTQIA+ Resource Center serves as a hub for LGBTQIA+ initiatives on campus. Our office provides students with a safe space for faculty, staff, appointed professionals, students, alumni, parents, and guests of all gender identities/expression and sexual orientations. We provide and support our campus community with educational resources, training opportunities, and sensitivity & awareness programs to accommodate the intersecting identities within our Southern Miss community.

EVENTS PROGRAMS SERVICES

Second Chance Prom

This event gives students in the LGBTQIA+ community the opportunity to attend prom without restrictions. This formal event mimics high school prom in that it includes a “pride walk”, dinner, formal attire, a DJ and photobooth. This event caters to the LGBTQIA+ population and allies. Students are not limited in gender expression nor are they limited in date choice. Students who are in attendance feel welcomed.

Let’s Talk

Let’s talk is a series of dialogues that allows our office to address diverse topics around LGBTQIA+ issues/awareness, identity, mental health, leadership, advocacy, and networking. We discuss topics related to historically underserved populations as it relates to campus community. (LGBTQIA+ issues/awareness (Trans 101), Mental Health in the AA community, Leadership, importance of advocacy/networking).

Allies Training 

This 2-hour LGBTQIA+ Sensitivity training provides foundational knowledge for faculty, staff and students across campus. Campus ALLIES promote inclusivity and create safe spaces for members in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies.

Rainbow Graduation

Rainbow Graduation is annual graduation ceremony, like the Kente graduation, recognizing and honoring LGBTQIA+ and ally students and acknowledge their accomplishments and contributions. Our goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success in an intimate and celebratory way. Students are given a rainbow stole that can be worn during commencement and serves as a visual representation that the university supports all students and their unique identities. 

   

PRIDE Day at Spirit Day

A fun, social evening of all things PRIDE. Can encompass, Drag shows, games, parade, food. We want to provide an on-campus “Pride” experience for students to attend and broadcast their talent. 

   

National Coming Out Day

National Coming out Day is held nationally on October 11th. The Office of IME celebrates students, faculty, and staff on their courage to be their authentic selves. This Celebration varies and serves as an outlet for students to connect and gain peer and institution support. 

   


Southern Miss ALLIES

We live in a world where identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning is often responded to with negativity. Because of this, safe spaces are needed to seek support and understanding.  The Southern Miss ALLIES is a network of faculty, staff and students willing to be visibly supportive and affirming of Southern Miss students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. ALLIES seek to foster a campus climate in which community members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression may feel safe, supported and respected.  There are currently over 250 Southern Miss ALLIES on campus.

Fall 2021- Spring 2022 ALLIES Training Dates

BECOME AN ALLY

 

USM Gender and Sexualities Alliance – Hattiesburg campus

Alliance for Equality – Gulf Park campus