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Meet the Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Welcome to the University of Southern Mississippi and the Division of Student Affairs. Here at Southern Miss you will find a campus full of southern hospitality and charm, a campus dedicated to student success, and a campus rich in academic and research endeavors. The programs, services, and experiences we provide in Student Affairs help our students to stay healthy; help them to get connected to faculty, staff, and their peers; and helps students to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Affairs is here to help you to discover your path to the top!


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(Pictured L to R: Dr. Anderson and her daughter, Katelin; The Anderson Family (center); Dr. Anderson and Katelin with the Fearless Girl statue in NYC (The Fearless Girl statue in NYC represents women empowerment)) 

Messages from the VPSA

Dear Golden Eagles,

As voting day fast approaches, many of you have already cast your ballot or will vote on Tuesday. Your generation has helped nearly double the number of 18-29-year-olds voting in this election versus 2016. Congratulations for embracing your right to vote for the candidate you choose. If you have not voted yet, you can catch a free ride to the polls all day on election day. Pickup locations can be found here

No matter the outcome of this election, as a Southern Miss community we need to be prepared to openly discuss our views and respect the beliefs of others. In the Creed it states, “I will exhibit behavior and choose language that demonstrates respect for fellow members of the Southern Miss community.” Southern Miss is a wonderful, diverse community with individuals from many backgrounds and perspectives. Let us focus on listening and understanding each other instead of trying to change one another’s minds. These are our first steps toward healing after a divisive election. The Center for Community Engagement has posted election resources which include guidance for having civil conversations here

You may have already heard that we might not have a clear winner on Election Night, which could increase feelings of tension and uncertainty. It’s important to remember that delays mean democracy is working, and election officials are taking the time to count and verify each and every vote. If you need to talk at any point, USM Counseling Services will be offering support by Zoom Monday through Friday from 3 to 4 p.m., and Group Sessions on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to Noon, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 601.266.4829 to connect with these resources and many more. 

The Division of Student Affairs’ mission is to develop healthy, connected, and learning focused students and communities. Exercising your right to vote and respecting a diverse range of opinions and perspectives are two of the many ways we accomplish this mission.

To The Top—Together!

Dee Dee Anderson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students:

I am writing to you today to ensure your awareness of the University’s evolving plans for the fall semester, and to once again stress the importance of a collective commitment to the health of our community. Your role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 is critical, and the success of each student, faculty and staff member requires that you take personal responsibility by following University guidelines. The fall semester will be different, and each student must take the following actions in order to have the opportunity to successfully complete the term.

As you prepare for the semester:

  • Familiarize yourself with USM’s plans for academic course delivery this fall, as well as the University’s full health and safety protocols.
  • Review your class schedule in SOAR, as some course delivery methods have changed in recent weeks.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus this fall to limit the likelihood of the spread of the virus on campus.
  • If you are sick, please do not return to campus and notify the Dean of Students office of the delay in your anticipated arrival.

And when you return to campus, the following Community Standards will be in place:

  • All individuals will be expected to wear face coverings when on campus, including in the classroom.
  • All individuals will be expected to adhere to physical distancing recommendations.
  • All individuals will be expected to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • All individuals will be expected to conduct a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, and to self-isolate and seek medical care if symptoms are experienced. Remember, you do not have to experience significant symptoms to act as a carrier of this virus, and that even with mild symptoms you may be putting others at significant risk.

If you have additional questions about plans for Fall 2020, please visit the University’s Flight Path: Fall 2020 website.

Click here to view the Fall 2020 Housing Addendum. 

I look forward to seeing you back on campus next month, and I know that if we work together, we can have a healthy, connected and learning-focused semester.

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students,

My heart is heavy as I continue to watch what is happening across the country and in our own community. We must do more as individuals, as a society, and as an institution to address systemic racism. Our path to the top won’t be easy. It will require us to move beyond words. It will require us to be present for each other. And it will require us to take action. If we are to live our mission of developing healthy, connected, learning-focused students and communities, we cannot ignore the issue of racism. Racism has no place at USM, in our communities, and in our country.

In the following days and months, we will be introducing new initiatives to help address the issues of racism and oppression. Our first step in that process is to educate one another and to ensure that all members of our community feel safe. Please join us in one of the sessions below.

Multicultural Programs and Services
Safe Space Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join via Zoom ID: 814 9475 5348

Black Lives Matter and White Allyship
Facilitated by the Student Connections Team
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join via Zoom ID: 821 4511 0910

Where do we go from here? Racism and Rights Activism in Hattiesburg and at Southern Miss
Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Southern Miss affiliates, go to:
Meeting number: 146 107 9998
Password: Kennard
You will need to use your SOAR credentials to log on. Panelists begin at 2 p.m.; the meeting will open at 1:45 p.m.

I have no doubt that as Golden Eagles we can live out The Creed at Southern Miss and initiate the change we want to see at USM. I want to reassure you that I oppose racism, our University opposes racism, and we will not tolerate racism at Southern Miss.

Dee Dee Anderson
Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Students,

These past few weeks have been very difficult for all of us as we transition to our new normal of social distancing, staying at home, and learning through new formats and in new ways. Despite this, I have heard many stories about all the great things you are accomplishing, and I am so proud of each of you.

During this time, the Division of Student Affairs wants you to know that, even virtually, we are still committed to our mission of developing healthyconnected and learning-focused students and communities. Please find below some resources available to all students. 

Student Connections

There’s a new site in town! The Student Connections team has created a platform to help you stay connected while social distancing. Visit the link below to explore the new Virtual Activities and Programming page. We invite you to share your adventures with us by using #StayConnectedUSM when you post to social media.

Campus Recreation   

Campus Recreation has gone virtual! Follow to keep your workout routines going while we are social distancing. The team is producing daily workout videos, interactive programming, and online intramural leagues for your fitness, health and wellness needs.  

Student Government Association   

Congratulations to our new Student Government Association Officers!   

SGA President – Rachel Shoemaker

Senior Vice President – Olivia LeBlanc

Vice President of Judicial Affairs – Kelsi Ford

Vice President of Finance and Administration – Mallory Ivy

Vice President of Communication – Anna Denette  

Be on the lookout for more information about SGA elections at the Gulf Park campus. 

Esports Tournament

Are you missing traditional sporting events? Check out the USM Esports Teams as they participate in the Ole Miss Rebel Rumble Esports Tournament on April 18. The Eagle Esports Association (EEA) will also begin hosting virtual game nights within the next two weeks. You can learn more about the tournament, the teams, or the upcoming events from EEA by following the twitter account at @USMesports or by joining the discord server at  

Learning in FOCUS Blog 

The purpose of this blog, called Learning In FOCUS, is to sharpen students’ focus on learning by providing resources and tips to assist in perfecting your ability to learn and develop the skills needed for success. Learn more about the blog’s purpose here:   

Access the latest posts with this link:

Student Health Services Hours 

  • Clinic and pharmacy hours for Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center have been updated to 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic and pharmacy will be closed April 10 (Good Friday).
    • Call ahead if you experience COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing).
    • More information about telemedicine and pharmacy pick-up options for routine health needs is available on their website

Student Counseling Services

  • Student Counseling Services remains available to assist students who may be feeling anxiety related to COVID-19 or social isolation.
    • Counselors are available remotely for students who are currently residing in Mississippi.
    • Counselors will assist students who are currently residing out-of-state with finding resources where they are located.
    • Students may call 601.266.4829 for assistance during normal business hours.
    • For after-hours and weekend emergencies, call 601.606.4357.
    • More information is available on the Student Counseling Services website.

Please continue to monitor the University’s official COVID-19 website for accurate information and critical updates, and check your University email account frequently.    

For academic resources, please visit the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.   

For general questions, please contact the Dean of Students office at 601.266.6028.     

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay connected. Stay home.  


Dee Dee Anderson, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs


Dr. Dee Dee Anderson serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs overseeing a variety of student life departments. Previously, Dr. Anderson worked at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Louisiana Tech University serving in a variety of positions including Interim Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of Students. Her broad experiences and over 20-year career are complemented by leadership positions in various professional associations and community service.  Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate degree in Education Leadership, a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education all from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Anderson provides vision and strategic oversight leading her team in fulfilling the mission of the division of developing healthy, connected, learning -focused students and communities. Through co-curricular programs and services, the Division of Student Affairs partners with Academic Affairs in helping students discover their Path to the Top.  

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