Office of Multicultural Programs and Services
The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services promotes the holistic development of multicultural students through leadership development, educational programming and collaboration with University departments. The office strives to increase recruitment and retention of multicultural students by creating a strong sense of campus community and assisting students in becoming successful graduates.
The office offers specific leadership development training, networking opportunities and academic support for minority student leaders through annual workshops, programs and initiatives. In addition, the office seeks out future leaders not yet involved in an organization to participate in leadership services.
The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services strives to enhance the collegiate experience of multicultural and underrepresented students through programs and services that promote academic success, enhance leadership skills and foster personal and professional development.
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 100 Southern Miss ALLIES on campus. For a current list of ALLIES and locations, please click here.
The office annually hosts events that support its mission. These events include, but are not limited to:
Allies Training is where student, faculty and staff participants examine the concepts of gender, sex and sexuality; learn about the inequality LGBTQ+ people face; and learn how to assist in creating a more just society. Participants have the opportunity to learn how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. An ally can merely be someone who is supportive and accepts the LGBTQ+ person, or an ally can be someone who personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment.
Celebration of Black History Month
This is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. and Southern Miss history. During the celebration, students are awarded scholarships through essay contests, student lectures and speeches; and we are honored to host Mrs. Gwendolyn Armstrong-Chamberlain and Mrs. Raylawni Branch for the Armstrong- Branch Lecture Series.
Celebration of Scholastic Excellence
Held annually since 1989, the Celebration of Scholastic Excellence was created to encourage academic excellence and leadership and to recognize students who achieved academically and demonstrated exemplary leadership. The first program was small in number but now yields over 800 parents, students and faculty/staff each year.
Freshman Connections Development Series
Coordinated through the Afro-American Student Organization, this monthly experience is designed to provide transitional support for freshman students, promote leadership development and to offer insights regarding personal leadership and integrity for future student leaders. Each monthly meeting features speakers from University departments and engaging workshops that leave students energized and equipped with strategies and tools to be more effective students and leaders on campus.
The office offers specific leadership development training and networking opportunities for student leaders through workshops, programs, conference opportunities and other initiatives. The office seeks out future leaders not yet involved in an organization to participate in leadership services. In addition, the office provides organizational advisement to several student organizations. Involvement is key in the development of the “whole” student. It helps you become better connected to the university, it builds community, it allows students to discover their passions and strengths and it also helps to build their résumé. For a complete list of Special Interest groups and other opportunities for involvement, please contact the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement at 601.266.4403.
Valencia Walls - Coordinator
R.C. Cook University Union - Room 219
118 College Drive #4705
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001