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Students pose in the Russell House during the Step Afrika performance.


Identity365 is a year-long celebration of the cultural diversity at the University of South Carolina. Through collaborations with student organizations, faculty, and staff -- Identity365 provides unique opportunities to learn about diverse identities. All Identity365 programs are are open for all members of the Carolina community to attend. 


Film: In Whose Honor
Date: Nov. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: RHUU Ballroom C

In Whose Honor? takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" American Indians as mascots and nicknames in sports. It follows the story of Native American mother Charlene Teters, and her transformation into the leader some are calling the "Rosa Parks of American Indians" as she struggles to protect her cultural symbols and identity. In Whose Honor? looks at the issues of racism, stereotypes, minority representation and the powerful effects of mass-media imagery, and the extent to which one university will go to defend and justify its mascot.

There will be a discussion to follow the screening.

Media representation has always been hugely important for members of the LGBTQ+ community. The inaugural Spectrum Film Series will showcase works featuring LGBTQ+ storylines to take a look at the variety of stories in the community.

Film: Boy Erased
Date: Nov. 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Film: Rafiki
Date: Nov. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Presented in conjunction with International Education Week.

Film: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Date: Nov. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists.

Film: Saving Face
Date: Nov. 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Event: Memorial Flags 
 All Day
Location: Davis Field

Event: Memorial
 6 p.m.
Location: RHUU Patio

Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: RHUU Ballroom

Chrismahanukwanzika is OMSA's celebration of winter holidays celebrated around the world. Join the Carolina community as we learn about various international traditions through music, food, and fun! 



Pridechella is an opportunity for the entire campus to come together and celebrate LGBTQ+ pride. Enjoy a lively festival featuring music, performances, food, and art celebrating a rich history of community, hardships, progress, and growth.

Blair Imani is Black, Queer, and Muslim. In addition to being a writer, public speaker, and ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations to support the LGBTQ+ community, Imani is a published author, with her premiere book Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.

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.

Step Afrika, a professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, will bring its 25th anniversary show to campus!! Through performance Step Afrika breaks down the art form of stepping practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities and how it is influenced by African traditional dance and a variety of other dance and art forms.

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

Our Black Film Festival will explore the work of black directors beginning in the 1970s to present day. Each film will showcase, content by or about people of African descent and the impact each film has left on the culture. Featured films will be also have facilitated discussions by faculty and OMSA staff.






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