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LSI Celebrates Student Organization Presidents

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 08:55am | By: Emily Holmes

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Office of Leadership and Student Involvement (LSI) recently held a Presidents Kickoff Luncheon for its 150 student organization presidents as part of a new series of events designed to celebrate and encourage student leaders on campus, following two years of restrictions on student activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We wanted to create an event for student leaders to just come and interact with other organization presidents whom they might not have ever met before, and to feel empowered and celebrated at the start of the year,” said LSI Director Dr. Emily Holmes.

Dean of Students and Association Vice President for Student Affairs Sirena Cantrell gave opening remarks, thanking organization presidents for leading and being committed to student success through engagement on campus. Presidents were treated to an exclusive swag bag of items and were seated at tables pre-assigned to encourage them to get to know others they might not normally interact with, designed by LSI graduate assistant Halle Johnson.

Holmes hopes to continue events like this in the future, as they encourage student leaders through interactions with others and in strengthening their commitment to creating belonging and connection for all Southern Miss students through student organization involvement.

The Office of Leadership and Student Involvement oversees registered student organizations and houses the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Southern Miss Activities Council campus programming board (SMAC). As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, they are committed to developing healthy, connected, and learning-focused students and communities. For more information, visit