Multicultural Programs at USC Upstate

Intercultural Education and Engagement

Formerly Multicultural Programs, now, Intercultural Education and Engagement (IEE) strives to educate on cultural awareness, support and empower students, and promote an inclusive campus community through informative, social and equity-driven programs and services. These programs and services give all students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to learn, develop, and grow both personally and interpersonally as they are challenged to cultivate a deeper and more accurate understanding of themselves and others.

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  • Intercultural Education and Engagement design programs and events to raise awareness, understanding, and appreciation of multiple identities:

    • Race
    • Disability
    • Ethnicity
    • Socioeconomic Status 
    • Culture and Heritage
    • Religion 
    • Gender 
    • Sexual Orientation 

    Intercultural Education and Engagement strives to:

    • Provide supportive programming for students with minoritized identities
    • Affirm inclusivity and equity on USC Upstate's diverse college campus by cultivating a spirit of collaboration amongst members of the campus community and the Upstate community as a whole.
    • Equip students, faculty, and staff with tools to navigate the world with more cultural  competence

    Our program calendar includes Faith Fest, Hispanic Awareness Month, LGBT History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Martin Luther King Jr Week, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Diversity Week and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Activities and various other identity affirming events.

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  • Intercultural Education and Engagement provides educational opportunities for the USC Upstate community. We engage members of the campus community in educationally-structured learning activities to challenge stereotypical modes of thinking.

    We also strive to promote positive interactions among members of the campus community to foster intellectual and social development that invites the robust exchange of ideas.

    If you'd like to request a presentation or workshop please visit the request form:

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    General descriptions of services Intercultural Education and Engagement provides:

    Workshops and Presentations – Our staff visits classrooms, faculty and staff gatherings, student staff training sessions, and student organization general body meetings to facilitate presentations and workshops that introduce and engage topics around equity and inclusion.

    Group Activities – Our staff coordinates activities to assist your student leaders, group or class with breaking down the barriers of difference to have meaningful and productive discussions about inclusion. 

    Safe Zone Training – Our staff coordinates Safe Zone Training workshops designed to create allies for the LGBTQ+ population at the University and educate on LGBTQ issues. For more information, please visit:

     Safe Zone Training

  • Get Involved

    Getting involved with Intercultural Education and Engagement (IEE) is easy. Join the email list to learn about all the cultural happenings in the USC Upstate community and beyond. You can also join a planning committee for any history or heritage month by applying. Lastly, any student can propose a culturally-based program idea year-round. Just send an email including how you wanted to get involved!

    Support

    Intercultural Education and Engagement is a support system specifically for students developing an understanding of identity and positionality.  IEE acts as a liaison to culturally-based student organizations supporting their large-project ideas to promote inclusion and advocate for equity.  For more information, please contact the Assistant Director for Intercultural Education and Engagement, Brittney Scurry. The Assistant Director is available for identity-based advising. The door is always open!

    Intercultural Organizations

    View a listing of on-campus involvement opportunities that cater to identity-based issues, advocacy, and awareness.

    College Resources

    Visit the Campus Services pages and Campus Life pages to view services and organizations offered by the University. View this resource list to find ways to help students with minoritized Identities during their tenure as college students.

    Anti-discrimination Resources

    The harassment and discrimination is against the law and school policies to report instances of harassment, discrimination or bias visit the Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement.

    Faculty Staff Resources

    Creating a more inclusive campus is the responsibility of everyone on campus including faculty and staff. Along with the anti-racism library guide and your own research the Assistant Director for Intercultural Education and Engagement, Brittney Scurry will assist faculty and staff with engaging topics of diversity and equity in their classrooms and student workspaces either by formal workshop request or direct consultation.

    Multicultural Programs Awards

    Recognize a student, faculty or staff member for their efforts to promote diversity by nominating them for one of our Multicultural Programs Awards

  • Black Student Leaders (formerly African American Association)
    Black Student Leaders (BSL) strives to increase cultural awareness, enhance the overall collegiate experience of African-American students, foster harmonious interracial relations among the members of the University community, and promote the development of its members as professional individuals. Annual participation in a variety of Black History Month and other community-based activities highlight the group’s active contributions to campus life. BSL is open to all students!

    Common Ground
    Common Ground is a student organization with a focus on equity on campus. This organization is a resource for students with a disability, minority students, and first-generation college students. This organization is a platform for all students who feel atypical in college. Their goal is to ignite the flame of equal opportunity for all on campus. Common Ground is open to all students. 

    Hispanic Awareness Association (HAA)
    The purpose of the Hispanic Awareness Association (HAA) is to provide support and guidance of Hispanic students and to educate on the many facets of Hispanic culture with USC Upstate. HAA is open to all students. 

    USC Upstate Chapter of NAACP
    NAACP stands for theNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Their mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The USC Upstate Chapter of NAACP is open to all students!

    Strength in Numbers
    A discussion-based organization that approaches topics centered around intersectional feminism. A safe place for all genders, races, etc to discuss their perspective in a welcoming environment. Strength in Numbers is open to all students! 

    Spectrum 
    Spectrum is a support group created for the LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and allies of USC Upstate. The organization values respect, togetherness and knowledge. Spectrum is a safe place on campus to build new relationships, talk about LGBTQ+ issues, share lived experiences, and to confide in one another through support groups. As an organization, Spectrum hopes to serve the Upstate community with support, fun and education on the LGBTQ+ community.  Spectrum Is open to all students!

    Greek-letter Organizations:

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
    • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
    • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

    For more information on any of the Intercultural Clubs and Organizations visit Agora