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Events

We offer a variety of social and educational opportunities, from small group discussions in the Russell House to big hip hop parties right on Greene Street. 

Discussion Groups

All discussions take place in the Intersection Multicultural Lounge.

Being an LGBTQ Person of Color (QPOC Group)

This discussion group provides a safe and supportive space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people who identify as people of color to build a community of support and understanding. Topics will focus on the experiences of life at the intersections as a queer person of color at USC. 

We meet every other week at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Dates: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19

Ace of Hearts

This is a space set up for those who identify as Ace (asexual) or Aro (aromantic) to come together to create a community. The conversations may include topics such as representation in the media, relationships and friendships, and navigating life as a member of the USC community. 

We meet every other week at 7 p.m. on Mondays. 

Dates: 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23

Care and Keeping of LGBT

Come together with other LGBTQ individuals to discuss the importance of health within our community. Learning from one another, as well as from outside resources, learn how best to take care of yourself and your community. Conversations will evolve organically but some topics to cover will be the history of LGBTQ health, Trans health, self-care, the closet, and more!

We will meet every other week at 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

Dates: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18


Diversity Dialogue Series

Date: Thursday evenings
Time: 6 p.m.
We encourage a respectful exchange of ideas on contemporary topics such as immigration and working across boundaries for social justice. All dialogues take place in an open forum with dinner provided.

Upcoming Topics

Corridor of Shame

Date: Feb. 15, 2018
Location: Patterson, room 104

The Corridor of Shame refers to the rural, impoverished school district mainly along Interstate 95 burdened by poorly performing schools. With an 88 percent minority population, this region has suffered from the declining support from local government and are hard pressed to provide minimal, adequate education to their students. Come discuss the impact the minority community, the greater South Carolina and its education system, and those students who attend University of South Carolina. 

A Woman's Place

Date: March 29, 2018
Location: Honors College classroom

A woman’s place,” is a phrase uttered for centuries and even came up during the US presidential election.  Now a year after the inauguration and the subsequent monumental Women’s March we continue to hear others dictate where a woman’s place is. That place could be very different depending upon the many intersectional identities of a woman.  This dialogue will explore our societal perceptions of a woman’s place today with a focus on religious and political influences.

Deconstructing Gender

Date: April 19, 2018
Location: TBD

While we may have been taught that gender means boy or girl, man or woman, many of us realize that gender is far more of a spectrum, with many different, and related, identities and expressions. This dialogue aims to discuss the questions: what is gender identity? What is gender expression? What is sex? How are these different from each other? How do these concepts interact with masculinity and femininity?

Book Dialogue

To be announced

 

Hip Hop Wednesday

Date: Jan. 31 (Feb. 7 rain date), Feb. 14, March 28, April 25
Time: 11 a.m - 2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street
Students, faculty, staff and community partners gather on Greene Street once a month to socialize while our DJ spins new and old school hip hop music. Learn more about how you can get involved with our office, across campus and in the community

Reserve a Table (at least 48 hours in advance)

 

Quench (Queers + Lunch)

Date: Jan. 25, Feb. 15 and March 22
Time: noon - 1 p.m. 
Location: Intersection Multicultural Lounge (lower level of Russell House West Wing)
Quench is an hour-long casual discussion with free lunch provided. This semester, each Quench will be centered around the theme “Queerly Professional,” with guest speakers from a variety of careers joining us to discuss their experiences as LGBT+ individuals in their respective fields. All students are welcome to attend.

 

Annual Events

Black History Month

Each year, Black History Month is observed during the month of February to honor the culture, heritage and history of African Americans.

In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regard to this, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Throughout the month, we recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans in the United States and worldwide.

2018 Events

Feb. 1, 2018
Diversity Dialogue: A Campus Divided: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech. Where do we go from here?
6-7 p.m.
Intersection Multicultural Lounge
On our campus, we have heard “it’s not a hate speech, it’s my freedom of speech”, but how does this translate in today’s college campus in which these conversations are now virtual? Come explore issues related to living and engaging on a college campus in which hate speech and hate crimes are consistently prevalent. Let’s discuss what other colleges and campuses are doing and how we can be involved in demonstrations on a local and national level.

Feb. 1, 2018
Association of African American Students: Blackout Skate Night
8-11 p.m.
The Association of African American Students will kick off Black History Month at their Blackout Skate Night at Three Fountains Recreation! Entry is FREE and transportation will be provided! There will be a bus looping from the School of Jornalism to the skating rink starting at 7:30 p.m.! 

Feb. 6, 2018 
AAAS and OMSA Screening: "Whose Streets" 
5:30 p.m.
Russell House Theater Student Life
An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Feb. 6-26, 2018
Black Stories: Two Cities
The Nickelodeon (check website for times)
“Black Stories: Two Cities” celebrates Black filmmakers as key narrators of American experience and activists in fights for liberation and equity. Featuring a formally eclectic array of films produced in cities throughout the United States, this series explores the economic, political, and personal forces that shape the built environment.

Feb. 13, 2018
Healthy Relationships
6-7:30 p.m.
Russell House 203
The Black Graduate Student Association will host a forum to educate students on gaining consent, analyze the media's influence on how we view sex, and promote healthy sexual relationships. This is a response to recent sexual assault allegations in the media. We believe that it is important to engage in a dialogue that empowers young adults to make healthy decisions. We hope that this is a positive step towards understanding consent and healthy sexual relationships.

Feb. 14, 2018
Head Wrap/Durag Day
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street
Join Collegiate Curls on Greene Street to celebrate culture by wearing your favorite durag or head wrap! Participants will enter a drawing to win a velvet durag or a head wrap! 

Feb. 15, 2018
Quench: Queerly Professional
noon-1 p.m.
Intersection Multicultural Lounge
Quench is an hour-long casual discussion with free lunch provided. This semester, each Quench will be centered around the theme “Queerly Professional,” with guest speakers from a variety of careers joining us to discuss their experiences as LGBT+ individuals in their respective fields. All students are welcome to attend. This month, Todd Shaw Associate Professor in both USC's Department of Political Science and the African American Studies Program will be coming to speak on his experience working in academia.

Feb. 15, 2018
Diversity Dialogue: Corridor of Shame
6-7 p.m.
Intersection Multicultural Lounge

Feb. 15, 2018
Poetry Slam: We Wear the Mask
7-10 p.m.
Russell House Theater
We Wear the Mask is an event that allows students and invited guests to share their experiences of "double-consciousness" and/or being a student of color on this campus. Performers will share their story through artistic expression such as poetry, spoken word, and music. The title, We Wear the Mask, is taken from a famous poem written by Paul Lawrence Dunbar where he explores discusses the cost of hiding one's true self behind a smiling mask. This event is sponsored by BlackSpace, a community building group for Black students at USC, with collaboration from Healthy Carolina and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. If you are interested in performing, please contact April Scott at ScottA2@mailbox.sc.edu

Feb. 16-18, 2018
Carolina Productions Screening: Marshall
Russell House Theater
Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

Feb. 21, 2018
Afro-Latinidad
7-8 p.m.
Russell House 205
Join the Latin American Student Organization as they discuss the importance of the Afro-Latinx identity within the Latinx community. 

Feb. 22, 2018
Back II Black
8-10 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom
In honor of Black History Month, Brothers Of Nubian Decent (BOND) and SAVVY, a multicultural women's organization will host their annual Back II Black to showcase black empowerment and culture. This event also allows different talent across campus to be expressed featuring live bands and performances of poetry, instrumental music and singing.

Feb. 26, 2018
Building the Future Networking Event
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom C
Join My Carolina’s Black Alumni Council and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for a networking social and panel discussion of the black experience at the University of South Carolina.

Feb. 27, 2018
Association of African American Students: The History of AAAS
6-7 p.m.
Russell House Theater
The Association of African American Students will host a conversation on the founding of their organization since 1968.  

Feb. 28, 2018
Black History Month Popcorn Party
7-8 p.m.
Russell House 205
Join the Latin American Student Organization as they celebrate Afro-Latinx culture through film. Free popcorn!

March 26, 2018
Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Hammond
6-9 p.m.
Russell House 315
Please join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as we present Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Hammond. Participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond as well as have the opportunity to weave a placemat using sweetgrass. Sarah Hammond, one of the Charleston area's finest sweetgrass basket makers, began learning this unique form of art from her mother at the age of seven and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. She is on the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Approved Artist Roster and on the board of directors of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival. 

Civil Rights Tour

The Civil Rights Tour-Alternative Spring Break will take place Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018. The trip fee is $250 for students, which includes transportation, lodging, museum admission and some meals. You will visit sites of historical importance to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee, Alabama (Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Tuskegee) and Georgia (Atlanta). In addition, you will work within the various communities at different sites related to the Civil Rights Movement.

This trip will also offer a service component focusing on a wide variety of current civil and human rights issues that were important during the Civil Rights Movement. You will work within the various communities at different sites through direct and indirect service as well as advocacy work.

Applications are open.

For more information, contact malonesh@mailbox.sc.edu or wrighlat@mailbox.sc.edu.

Diversity Retreat 

During this weekend-long retreat focused on diversity and leadership, participants will examine the meaning of social change and develop an action plan to bring back to their community. You will learn how to synthesize this action plan into your life to be the most effective leader possible. You will examine these issues through an experiential pedagogy, building upon your existing knowledge as well as learning gained through this experience.

The goal of this retreat is for you to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be a leader in a diverse ever-changing world.

This retreat has been fully funded through the collaborative partnership between the Office Multicultural Student Affairs, the Residence Hall Association, University Housing and other generous sponsors.

Apply to participate or facilitate!

Gaypril

Celebrated each spring semester with a continually changing focus or theme, the objective of Gaypril is to let people know how to get involved with LGBTQ+ programs and ally opportunities on campus. We want to create an inclusive environment at USC.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide each year from September 15 to October 15. September 15 is Independence Day for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs highlights a variety of programs that celebrate the history, culture and contributions of our Hispanic and Latinx communities.

Our office also hosts a dialogue series to spread awareness of issues affecting Hispanic and Latinx people. 

 

LGBTQ History Month

LGBTQ History Month takes place each year during October in the United States to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. It is a time for pride and to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community on our campus.

We use this opportunity to reflect on the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, talk about the trailblazers who have brought us to where we are today, and make plans for the future. 

Events vary, but common themes of education, advocacy, pride and support are woven throughout. Events cater to members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies, and welcome all those who want to learn more about the history of this important movement. 

Native American Heritage Month

Each year, Native American Heritage Month is observed during November to recognize the rich cultural contributions of Native Americans in the United States. Although the first “American Indian Day” was declared by the State of New York in 1916, a month-long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. We provide opportunities for native communities to share their culture, heritage, history and much more through different perspectives.

 

OMSA CommUNITY Welcome

Each Welcome Week, we invite all incoming and current students to hang out with OMSA. Learn about our student organizations and programs, meet our staff members and take the first step to finding your community at the University of South Carolina. 

Trans Awareness Week

Experience a week of workshops, group discussions and events focused on understanding and acting in solidarity with marginalized people. Together we can make USC a safer space for trans and gender-nonconforming students.

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