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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

Discussion groups are run for students by students. All discussions take place in the Intersection Multicultural Lounge.

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: Sept. 5, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 28
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)


QT's (Queer Talks)

Dates: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. 
Location: Russell House University Union 303
QT’s are hour-long casual discussion with free dinner provided. Discussion topics include local and national issues facing LGBTQ+ students and people. Queer Talks provide a space for LGBTQ+ students and allies to build upon their knowledge of and find support in a common understanding of relevant issues.


Signature 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.

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. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 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.

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