Office of Multicultural Affairs

About

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) was created in June 1990 to assist in the personal development and retention of minority students at the University of South Alabama. The office serves to:

-Provide programming for cultural awareness and communication among the university community

-Encourage students to participate in all aspects of campus life

-Provide leadership opportunities for aspirating student leaders

-Assist to ease the transition into college.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs takes a participatory role in fostering leadership, mentoring and promoting academic and social success. OMSA supports numerous programs and activities on campus and in the Mobile community.

Programs

Courageous Conversation - Monthly student lead discussions about various topics that are bold and meaningful. The purpose of this conversation is to allow students to talk and express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

African American Student Association Gospel Concert - Is an ensemble of approximately 30 students from USA. The AASA choir builds confidence and self-esteem in the students through their many performances. The AASA choir is also an opportunity for students to network.

Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Celebration – OMSA, Jaguar Production, and the African American Studies department, and the USA family host the annual MLK program. For the past two years the event has been held at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. The goal of the program is to educate the students, faculty and staff, and the Mobile community on “Keeping the Dream” of Dr. King alive.

Minority Preview Day – The purpose of the Minority Preview Day is to exposed high school and junior college minority students to the University of South Alabama. This event is held during the spring and fall semesters.

Showcase of Excellence - Showcase of Excellence is a program that acknowledges students of color at USA for their academic achievements. This past year there were 200 guests present for this event. During the showcase, there is always a dynamic speaker that presents words of strength and encouragement to the students. Parents’ are always impressed with this event because they see the university taking time to recognize their child or children. It is truly a family oriented event.

University of South Alabama, National Pan-Hellenic Council - The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek Letter Sororities and Fraternities (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho, Sororities, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta, Fraternities). NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

Jag Roots - Mentoring program in collaboration with Jag Success.

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