Multicultural Student Affairs leaders named

Posted on: 9/18/2013; Updated on: 2/7/2014
By Megan Sexton, 803-777-1421

Shay Malone has been named the new director of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina.

Malone, who has been the assistant director of the Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs at Vanderbilt University since 2007, will start at USC on Sept. 23. Malone earned a Master of Arts in Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Webster University in St. Louis. She is a doctoral student in higher education administration at the University of Alabama, where she expects to graduate in May 2014.

Nakia Strickland was named assistant director of Multicultural Student Affairs. Prior to coming to USC, she was an admissions counselor at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she had previously served as an admissions counselor for diversity recruitment in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Strickland earned a Master of Education in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville.

Jerry Brewer, associate vice president for student affairs and academic support, said he is excited to have Malone and Strickland join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

“Shay will provide overall leadership for the university’s work to provide support for minority and LGBT students. Nakia will coordinate our very successful peer mentoring program, the Minority Assistance Peer Program (MAPP), and the campus heritage month recognitions. We are looking forward to the new leadership and energy for this area,” he said. 

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, which is part of the Department of Student Life at USC, advocates for a welcoming, accepting, inclusive and supportive environment for students across multiple dimensions of diversity by implementing programs and cultural services that promote social justice and awareness. For more information, visit

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