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Inclusive Spaces in Russell House

Inclusive spaces provide a caring and supportive environment for all visitors to the Russell House. 

Open to all faiths to pray, meditate and reflect

Hours match Russell House hours

Location:  Russell House 309

Available for washing and rinsing before and after prayer and meditation

Hours match Russell House hours

Location:  Russell House 313

Support for mothers and nursing mothers including a baby changing station.

Hours match Russell House hours

Contact to gain Carolina Card access or visit the 2nd floor information desk upon arrival to Russell House for entry

Location:  Russell House 312

Single Stall restrooms are available in the following locations

Bookstore Starbucks Café (ground level)

All gender

Hours match Bookstore hours


Russell House West Wing

All gender

Open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

*Accessible after hours to match programming in Intersection Lounge

Located in the lower level of the Russell House West Wing, the Intersection Lounge was designed to be the hub for student activities that align with the mission of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. All USC students are welcome, whether you are looking for a place to hang out between classes or host a meeting.  Learn more about how to use the Intersection Lounge here.

This display was originally developed to celebrate the contributions of African Americans during the University’s bicentennial celebration in 2001.  It was updated in February 2012 to reflect the role of African Americans more responsibly and accurately in building the university as well as their presence as students throughout our history.

Location:  2nd floor ballroom hallway

The “Diversity in the Student Experience” installation along the 2nd floor ballroom hallway gives voice, affirmation and celebration to the identities that have been left out of the written and visual history at USC.  The African American Presence Wall is the cornerstone of the initiative, and this additional installation is a further testament to the presence and contributions of students from marginalized identities who add to the rich history of USC .  The project continues with unique panels developed by identity groups/student organizations to highlight their student experience.

Location:  2nd floor ballroom hallway

Contact:  To learn more about this initiative or develop a panel for the installation, contact Kim McMahon at .

The union facility opened in 1954 as the Carolina Student House.  It was students who led the campaign to name it in honor of President Donald Russell and First Lady Mrs. Virginia Russell.  These leaders were loved by students and known for personalizing the student experience.  They prioritized funding for spaces where students could gather, build community, and lead and learn.  In 1955, the facility was dedicated as the Russell House University Union.  To honor the role of the student union in the student experience, the 2nd floor lobby is dedicated as the Legacy Lobby.  This initiative is both a tribute to the Russell’s, yet also a testament to the vital role of students in creating the student experience for themselves and others.   Throughout the main lobby, you will see legacy plaques honoring students who have received recognition for their service to the institution.  You will also see the first installment of the rotating panel display around the Russell Portraits.  We are proud to highlight the 2020—21 Freshman Council’s legacy project and how the inception of that initiative within Student Government in 1989 gave voice to students and how the organization continues to focus on diversity and inclusion in its efforts.  

Location:  Russell House 2nd floor lobby

Contact:  To contribute a plaque to the Legacy Lobby or develop a rotating panel surrounding the Russell Portraits, contact Kim McMahon at .



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