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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 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Dates: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 12/7

Queerly Professional

Come together with other students to discuss how to navigate the professional world as a queer person. We will be speaking about various academic disciplines, graduate school options, and multiple career paths. All are welcome to attend the conversation. 

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

Dates: 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4

Community and Academic Allyship

A community coming together to discuss contemporary movements for justice and equity. Pulling from both academic and pop-culture, we will have a dialogue about these movements that is inclusive of all ideologies and viewpoints. Community and Academic Allyship is a discussion group designed to help all people learn about relevant issues and improve their ability to make a difference at Carolina.

We meet every other week at noon on Wednesdays. 

Dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22

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: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 11/27

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 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Dates: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 12/7

WokeCast

Like to read? Like to be woke? Then this is the group for you! Every other week we will come together to discuss predetermined readings, television, radio and other forms of media. The discussions will cover the material in case you were not able to review it beforehand, but we will connect the material to larger themes on culture and social justice. We will close with communally selecting a piece to read, listen, or watch for the following meeting.

We will meet every other week at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. 

Dates: 9/12, 9/26, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 11/27

Bridging Boundaries

Kid President said that if life is a game, we’re all on the same side. We believe this and want to engage with individuals who have diversity of thought. To that end, we are creating a space to engage in conversations about how to have conversations respectfully across ideological divides.

We will meet every other week at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

Dates: 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27

Marginalization in the Media

Historically marginalized communities all face further marginalization within the media. Come engage with us as we host conversations about the different ways that this has happened, but also to celebrate positive representation of marginalized communities within the media. We want to stress that media isn't JUST TV and Film. It's so much more; social media, news cycles, newspapers, etc. And so we want to cover things that are happening in the world via forms of media other than just TV and Film. 

We will meet every other week at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

Dates: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29

Social Justice Talk Show

Ever wanted to be on a talk show? Come join as for this round table fast moving conversation about social justice issues happening within our contemporary cultural framework. The topics will move from topic to topic to speak about all the various things that have happened since our last meetings.

We will meet every other week at noon on Fridays.

Dates: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1


Diversity Dialogue Series

Date: Thursday evenings
Time: 7 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

Latinx and Immigration

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Location: Preston Library Room

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, come learn about the contemporary issues related to immigration and how this impacts Latinx and non-Latinx populations.

DAPL one year later

Date: Nov. 15, 2017

With the focus over the past year on the Dakota Access Pipeline, conversations over land ownership and imminent domain have popped up all over the place. Come learn about the intricacies of these conversations in a open environment.

Engaging Across Ideological Divides

Date: Nov. 30, 2017

Being woke is great, but only engaging with other woke folks means being isolated in an echo chamber. How can we engage meaningfully with individuals with different beliefs? Having different beliefs is part of diversity, and something we celebrate. Come join the conversation about how to respectfully engage in dialogue, not devolve into argument.

 

Hip Hop Wednesday

Date: Sept. 6, Sept. 27, Oct, 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, 2017
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: Second Thursday every month (when classes are in session)
Time: noon - 1 p.m. 
Location: Russell House University Union, Room 201
An hour-long casual discussion with free lunch provided, Quench creates a space for LGBTQ+ students to gather and discuss topics related to their experiences at USC. All students are welcome.

 

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 Sunday, March 11 through Friday, March 16, 2018. The trip fee is $175 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 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 malonesh@mailbox.sc.edu or mbasdeo@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.

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.

 

Hispanic Heritage 2017 Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off

Date: Sept. 15, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street
Experience Hispanic and Latinx culture as we celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month through food, education and entertainment.

Forbidden Film Screening 

Date: Sept. 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Nickelodeon Theater (1607 Main Street)
Join us for the screening of the film “Forbidden” followed by a discussion exploring the effects of being undocumented and queer in rural America.

LatinXcelencia

Date: Sept. 21, 2017
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Location: Russell House Ballroom
Come and celebrate a cultural showcase sharing the experience of Latin and Hispanic heritage. Join us as we engage in culture through a collection of food, musical performances, dancing and spoken word.

Dominoes & Domino’s

Date: Sept. 27, 2017
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Russell House 205
Join the Latin American Student Organization for a dominoes tournament with Domino’s pizza.

DACA: The Undeniable Impact

Date: Sept. 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: Calcott 011
Panel discussion with Dreamers.

Paint through History

Date: Oct. 4, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: Russell House Ballroom
The artists will engage participants in an interactive canvas painting featuring art from selected artists in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Each student receives bios and the historical importance of each piece painted. 

LASO Meeting

Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Russell House 205
The Latin American Student Organization will be host a meeting themed “Spilling Tea on Columbus." This discussion will focus on the history of Latinx people and the impact of Christopher Columbus.

Diversity Dialogue Series: What’s in the Name?

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Preston's Junior Common Room
This dialogue series will focus on the effect of language on Hispanic and Latin American identities.

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. 
 

LGBTQ History 2017 Events

Kickoff

Date: Oct. 3, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Davis Field  (Rain location is Russell House Ballroom)

Join us to learn about the month's activities, to enjoy arts and crafts, sample free food and more.

IRIS Resource Fair

Date: Oct. 3, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater
Connect with campus and community resources for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Safe Zone Ally Workshop

Date: Oct. 9, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Location: RHUU 203
Safe Zone is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify students, staff and faculty who support the LGBTQ+ population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals, and are aware of the various LGBTQ+ resources. The Safe Zone workshop is a three-hour training that provides a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ+ students. Register »

Hip Hop Wednesday: National Coming Out Day Edition

Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Greene Street
During Hip Hop Wednesday, Greene Street comes alive with hip hop music while students network and learn about the many opportunities to get involved with diversity activities on campus. This special edition Hip Hop Wednesday will have a focus on celebrating National Coming Out Day and the LGBTQ+ Community.

Queer Connections: Beating the Mid-Semester Slump

Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Intersection Multicultural Student Lounge
This month’s Queer Connections will focus on the mid-semester slump. We will chat about staying ahead of your work and working through the mid-semester slump. Come and participate in stress relief activities such as coloring, nail polish painting, playing with play dough and stress balls.

The Care and Keeping of LGBTQ: A Discussion on LGBTQ Health and Medical History

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Intersection Multicultural Student Lounge
The health and wellness of LGBTQ+ individuals has largely been overlooked until recent decades despite LGBTQ+ identities being pathologized. In this meeting, we plan to discuss the medical and health history of LGBTQ+ people, how this history has affected the LGBTQ+ community, what efforts are being made to better understand LGBTQ+ health, and how LGBTQ+ people may still be pathologized in society.

RENT Film Screening

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sims 119
Join the Women's Quad Intersectional Feminist Film Club for this special showing of Rent in celebration of LGBT History Month.

Gaymecock 2017

Date: Oct. 13, 2017
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: PT's 1109 (1109 Assembly Street)
Gaymecock is an amateur drag competition hosted each year by IRIS. Come to PT’s 1109, located at 1109 Assembly Street, to see the best amateur drag competition in the greater Richland area. Admission is $10 at the door. 

Colors

Date: Oct. 17, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater
Come paint, socialize, and connect with IRIS and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Open Mic Night

Date: Oct. 23, 2017
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater
In celebration of LGBT History Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is hosting an open mic night to showcase poetry, spoken word, song, and other performance art. Interested in performing? Sign up »

Bathroom Brigade

Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: RHUU 203
For this event, hosted by the Trans Student Alliance, participants will volunteer to explore campus and document all single-stall and gender-neutral restrooms in an effort to create an accurate and up-to-date bathroom map to be used as a resource by our trans students. Pizza will be provided.

"What is Sexuality?" A Discussion with Dr. Ed Madden

Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU Theater
Dr. Madden will come to IRIS to not only discuss what sexuality is, but also to subvert three notions of sexuality that we believe: that we were born that way, we will stay that way, and that sexuality is a private entity.

FemCo Meeting: Queer Feminism

Date: Oct. 25, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: RHUU 302
The Feminist Collective (FemCo) is USC’s feminist student organization. In our meetings, we discuss upcoming events in feminist activism on campus and in our community. This meeting will be centered specifically on queer feminism. Meetings are informal and open to everyone, regardless of gender.

Quench: Toxic Masculinity (Ruins the Party Again)

Date: Oct. 26, 2017
Time: noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Intersection Multicultural Student Lounge
Join us for a conversation about toxic masculinity and the role it can play in the LGBTQ+ community. Quench is an hour-long casual discussion that focuses on issues in the LGBTQ+ community with free lunch provided. Quench sessions provide space for LGBTQ+ students to gather to discuss topics related to their experiences as queer students at USC. 

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.

Native American Heritage Month 2017 Events

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20th Annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast

Date: Nov. 8, 2017
Location: Russell House Theater

Screening of six films will be shown throughout the day as part of the 20th Annual Native American Film Festival in Columbia. This event is a partnership with Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.

Noon: More Than a Word
A fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team. Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, who are members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word “r*dskin” evolved from being a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises. It also draws on the voices of Native American activists and scholars to place this controversy within the wider context of Native American history and racial stereotyping more generally.

1:45 p.m.: South Carolina Human Prehistory
In 2017, the Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster opened a new exhibit called "Share a Little of that Human Touch: The Prehistory of South Carolina". As a part of this exhibit 5 short educational films were produced to tell the story of human history in South Carolina. “South Carolina Human Prehistory” brings these 5 films together as one piece exploring the human presence in South Carolina from the Late Ice Age through the Mississippian Period (19,000-400 years ago). As a bonus, a fly over of the Fig Island shell rings is included giving the viewer an appreciation for the beauty and also the many questions surrounding shell rings. Monty Braham of the Catawba Nation wrote and performed all of the wonderful music giving the film a strong sense of time and place. Award winning filmmaker, William C. Judge, is a graduate of the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies program and the creator of Bodhi Leaf Productions.

2:45 p.m.: Standing Rock/On Native Ground
This special segment of On Native Ground focuses on the events occurring at Standing Rock, North Dakota, regarding the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Thousands of Natives and Indigenous tribes, as well as non-Natives have come together to fight for the water rights on the land. Two reporters from On Native Ground visited Standing Rock on November 20th and witnessed actions by DAPL and the military police against the Water Protectors. This special segment gives a different perspective and view of the occurrences that Natives have faced and what they are doing to fight for the land and the water. Carly and Koli are reporters for On Native Ground and left for Standing Rock on November 19, 2016. They arrived at Standing Rock on November 20th which was the infamous day when the militarized police attacked and injured over 200 water protectors. During the days that followed, Carly and Koli interviewed some of those water protectors to record their stories.

4:20 p.m.: Standing Rock/On Native Ground
This special segment of On Native Ground focuses on the events occurring at Standing Rock, North Dakota, regarding the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Thousands of Natives and Indigenous tribes, as well as non-Natives have come together to fight for the water rights on the land. Two reporters from On Native Ground visited Standing Rock on November 20th and witnessed actions by DAPL and the military police against the Water Protectors. This special segment gives a different perspective and view of the occurrences that Natives have faced and what they are doing to fight for the land and the water. Carly and Koli are reporters for On Native Ground and left for Standing Rock on November 19, 2016. They arrived at Standing Rock on November 20th which was the infamous day when the militarized police attacked and injured over 200 water protectors.  During the days that followed, Carly and Koli interviewed some of those water protectors to record their stories.

6 p.m.: Kateri
The daughter of a Mohawk warrior and Algonquin mother, Kateri Tekakwitha Kaia'tanó:ron suffered from disease and war as a child. A smallpox epidemic not only claimed the lives of Kateri’s mother, father, and brother, but left her with a scarred face and poor eyesight. The four-year-old orphan was then adopted by a fiercely anti-Christian Mohawk chief. How is it possible that such a girl managed to discover the Catholic faith, much less become a canonized saint? Gah-deh-lee Deh-gah-quee-tah Was filmed on location in the U.S. and Canada. Actress Sabrina Villalobos, who plays Kateri, Kelty not only served as producer and director, he also wrote the script, a process he said took him two or three months. As both a historian and a Catholic, one challenge he faced in crafting his story was remaining true to both the historical account and the faith he shares with the network underwriting the project.

8:15 p.m.: Sovereigns Water
This short documentary is about Hoopa Tribes fight to protect the Trinity River from the Westlands Water District that is claiming rights to the water over 400 miles away. Hoopa Fisheries Department scientists, Hoopa Tribal Chair and Hoopa residents speak of the importance of the water in their life and what they are doing to protect the water. 

Diversity Dialogue: DAPL one year later

Date: Nov. 15, 2017
Location: The Intersection Lounge
Time: 7 p.m.

Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests began in early 2016, join us for a discussion on the impact it has left on members of the Native American community. Dr. Courtney Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology will update the audience on the status of DAPL. 

"By Any Other Name: An Exploration of AfroAmerindian Heritage"

Date: Nov. 13, 2017
Location: McKissick Museum, 1st floor auditorium
Time: 6 p.m.

Film Screening followed by a panel discussion. This event is a partnership with Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.

Reception/Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Date: Nov. 14, 2017
Location: The Nickelodeon (1607 Main St.)
Time: 6:30 p.m.

A celebration and award ceremony for the 20th Annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast. Additionally, there will be a short film screening of Rumble and a performance of Charly Lowry (American Idol & Dark Water Rising Lead Singer).

South Carolina Native American Awareness Day

Date: Nov. 18, 2017

Celebrate South Carolina Native American Awareness Day. South Carolina Passed Native American Awareness Day in 2013.

A Seat at the Thanksgiving Table

Date: Nov. 20, 2017
Location: Intersection Multicultural Lounge
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Discussion lead by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs about learning the true history of Thanksgiving and how to have hard conversations at the dinner table.

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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