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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: TBA

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: TBA

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: TBA

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



Hip Hop Wednesday

Dates: TBA
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)

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.


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.

For more information, contact or

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!


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.

Have an idea for one of our cultural and heritage months?

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