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Office of Leadership and Student Involvement

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement is committed to creating a positive campus experience for all Southern Miss students. We work with a variety of student organizations each year from various backgrounds. Below is a listing of all of our diversity and inclusion related student organizations active at this time. For questions, email us at LSIFREEMississippi

The African Caribbean Society celebrates the deep connection that African and Caribbean countries have in the realization of the numerous students at USM that come from African/Caribbean backgrounds and descent. ACS is a group of students of similar cultures and ethnic backgrounds who come together and encourage, embrace and appreciate our heritage. We also wish to foster an environment that encourages people from outside cultures and ethnicities to join the society to learn about African and Caribbean culture and the semantics of our nationalities and history. 

President: Esther.GoitaFREEMississippi 

The Afro-American Student Organization at The University of Southern Mississippi promotes academic, social, and cultural wellness for all students who attend the University. The organization proposes to provide academic, social, and cultural activities for students who are concerned with African American interest, both on campus and in the community. These activities shall include such things as social functions, campus orientation for new students, and assistance for members to promote scholarship and group discussions on topics of mutual interest and to promote better race relations within the University and in the community.

President: jalyn.robersonFREEMississippi 

We, the members of The Association of Women in Mathematics at Southern Miss, hereby associate ourselves to form a community of students who are interested in mathematics which specifically will promote the following: 
(a) an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the mathematical sciences, including pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and their applications;
(b) a greater understanding of the contributions of women in the mathematical sciences; and 
(c) mentoring and encouraging women and girls as they prepare for careers in the mathematical sciences.

All are welcome, any student, any Major!

President: chandler.shimpFREEMississippi 

L'Association Française de USM is an organization focused on celebrating and sharing French culture with the USM community. Our events aim to let people experience French culture, while also educating them on France and its history.

President: cheyla.munozramosFREEMississippi 

Our organization works under the auspice of the National Association of Black Journalist. We educate our members and the University’s community about the history of the NABJ, as well as the issues the Association seeks to address in the journalism industry. We also interact and collaborate with fellow student chapters in journalism- related matters, and assist in the establishment of new student chapters.

President: Amanda.s.bondsFREEMississippi 

We are an organization that celebrates the Spanish language and various Hispanic/Latinx cultures. 

President: Jalen.McMeansFREEMississippi 

Eagle F1rst focuses on providing first-generation college students resources, support and connections to help them successfully navigate college.  

President: Sartora.RichardsonWaspFREEMississippi 

We strive to create a safe and friendly environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies to learn, grow, and foster friendships.

President: erin.l.loganFREEMississippi 

A native group whose mission is to educate our communities about native events, historical and contemporary issues important to Native Americans. We also conduct various outreach events each year.

President: Asha.BradleyFREEMississippi 

We are an organization that believes in uplifting women and serving the community. I.D.E.A.L. serves as an acronym for Intelligent, Dignified, Elegant, Ambitious, Leaders. Affiliates of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs that was organized on July 21, 1896. The NACWC is the oldest African-American secular organization in existence today. Together we form a sisterhood that is empowering and challenging us to becoming a better leader.

President: allaija.williamsFREEMississippi 

A student-ran organization dedicated to showing appreciation to South Korean Culture, with an emphasis on South Korean Pop Music.

President: pending registration for 2021-2022

Men of Excellence is a community service based organization that works to better the image of all males here on campus, emphasizing educationally enriched programs and building a foundation of excellence. We serve our campus and community with pride and integrity while maintaining respect for ourselves and others and excel in all endeavors we choose to undertake individually and collectively.

President: j.jeffersonFREEMississippi 

MAPS organization that provide under-represented pre-medical students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that are both prerequisites and connected to professional participation in health care fields. 

Mission: 
- Support future underrepresented minority students. 
- Equipped them with knowledge and resources necessary to accomplish their goal of becoming a medical doctor and serving their communities.

President: Tija.JohnsonFREEMississippi 

The Muslim Student Association is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization dedicated to learning, activism, and spirituality on USM's campus. MSA is open to all Southern Miss and Hattiesburg community members. This organization provides you with a great environment to meet Muslims, learn from renowned lecturers, and practice Islam freely.

President: pending registration for 2021-2022

We, the members of the University of Southern Mississippi Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, hereby associate ourselves to improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups;  to eliminate racial discrimination; and to take all lawful action to secure its elimination, consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the Articles of Incorporation of the Association, its Constitution and By-Laws and as directed by the National Board of Directors.
 
In addition, its obligations shall be to inform students of the problems affecting blacks and other minority groups, to advance the economic, educational, social and political status of black people and other minority groups and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate and appreciation of the black man’s contribution to civilization.  To develop an intelligent, militant, effective leadership.   These objectives shall be pursued in accordance with the policies of the Association within the framework of University regulations.

 President: khaliah.yelderandersonFREEMississippi 

The National Pan-Hellenic Council is comprised of nine predominately black fraternities and sororities. These organizations were established to help students excel in their academics, community involvement opportunities, and relationships with their peers. For a full listing of NPHC organizations, visit the FSL website.

President: Sherrice.WrightFREEMississippi 

Queens Uplifted at USM Is dedicated to exploring womanhood and the intersections at which black women exist.

President: niyah.jonesFREEMississippi 

The purpose of the Southern Miss Black Caucus is to promote the wellness of black students on campus while advocating as a unified voice for the black community.

President: pending registration for 2021-2022

Special Olympics College at Southern Miss, hereby associate ourselves to serve as leaders within our schools, colleges/universities, and communities. We will focus on providing a place where young people can participate in leadership, physical fitness, demonstrating courage, and campus engagement. Members can be involved in inclusive sports such as flag-football, basketball, cheering, quidditch, and etc.

We are an inclusive (with and without disabilities) organization that connects both college students (partners) and individuals with disabilities (Special Olympic Athletes) through sports to build teamwork that promotes health, social justice, awareness, and acceptance.

President: Amber.alldayFREEMississippi 

We're Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating (STEP UP). STEP UP to Leadership Advisory Council is an inclusive student and community-based organization through The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Ranging in age and ability, our members largely represent youth and young adults with and without disabilities in the Pine Belt community. STEP UP Council members serve as leaders and advocates in their schools, colleges, universities and communities though regularly planned inclusive in-person and virtual opportunities for community-based service, outreach and advocacy, recreation, leisure and connection to address issues that all young people face—becoming independent self-advocates, bullying, learning about healthcare, building positive relationships, employment, recreation and leadership during the transition to adulthood. Together, we accomplish this through inclusive and fun networking and supportive educational opportunities, service events and social activities, we build life skills together through connections with friends, families, other programs through USM's IDS, the Southern Miss community, with the Pine-belt community, with various organizations and groups statewide, and recently, with our STEP UP affiliates on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Mombasa, Kenya.

President: Robert.CarneyFREEMississippi 

We, the members of The University of Southern Mississippi Students for Human Rights, hereby associate ourselves as a student led interdisciplinary alliance in order to bring about social justice through the actions of its members for those who have been oppressed, neglected, marginalized and/or victimized.

President: pending registration for 2021-2022

The USM Amine Club provides a space where students can share their mutual love and interest in Japanese animation and culture alike on the Hattiesburg campus. This club exists for the purpose of meeting others of similar interests that may have before been deemed "weird" while studying the wide range of Japanese animation, or "anime" that exist. Overall, the USM Anime Club is a fun place to make friends with like-minded people.

President: Michael.ThorntonFREEMississippi 

The University of Southern Mississippi Vietnamese Student Association is a non-profit organization that strives to teach others about the culture of Vietnam. By hosting social and fundraising events, we are able to make a presence known on campus for anyone in the community welcomed to appreciate the Vietnamese culture.

President: jasmine.h.nguyenFREEMississippi 

The purpose of this organization is to provide students with the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed in the world of business today as a female professional. Our goal is to provide women with a safe and comfortable space to network, build their skills, and grow both professionally and personally.

President: airah.drapezaFREEMississippi 

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) aims to offer an environment that bolsters women in STEM fields. This organization is open to all members of the USM community who want to support women in STEM and learn about some of the great female leaders in the field. This organization aims to offer a place for active scientific outreach to the surrounding community, and while it aims encourage young women to pursue a career in STEM, we encourage anyone with an interest in STEM to join us.

President: karina.reynoldsFREEMississippi 

Our vision for Women's Empowerment Association is to uplift, empower and inspire women of all cultures.

President: angel.d.pittmanFREEMississippi 

Additionally, we encourage all organizations to work towards creating spaces that welcome all Southern Miss students. We provide the following resources for student organizations:

Anti-Racist and Allyship Information
Division of Student Affairs Education and Resources

We are also available for consultations or workshops surrounding diversity and inclusion in student organizations. To inquire, email us at LSIFREEMississippi