Multicultural Programs at USC Upstate

Multicultural Programs

Multicultural Programs strives to educate, influence and cultivate campus community by offering cultural, educational, and outreach programs and services. Further, 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 interact with individuals who are different from them.

You may also be interested in the Multicultural Educational Project Request Form

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

Multicultural Clubs and Organizations

Black Student Leaders (formerly African American Association)
Black Student Leaders (BSL) strives to increase cultural awareness, foster harmonious interracial relations among all the members of the University community, and promote the development of its members as individuals. Annual participation in a variety of Black History Month and annual sponsorship of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week activities highlights the group’s active contributions to campus life. BSL is open to all students. For more information contact Daphnie Glenn at 864-503-5427.

Hispanic Awareness Association (HAA)
The purpose of the Hispanic Awareness Association (HAA) is to provide support and guidance of Hispanic students and to educate and share the many facets of Hispanic culture with USC Upstate. HAA is open to all students. For more information contact Dr. Shannon Polchow at 864-503-5654. 

International Club 
The International Club strives to help others realize the values of other cultures and help the international students adjust to and navigate through American culture. The International Club is open to all students. For more information contact Patrick McCleary at 864-503-5675.

Gay-Straight Alliance
Gay-Straight Alliance is a support group created for the LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies at USC Upstate. We value respect, togetherness and knowledge. The Gay-Straight Alliance is a safe place on campus to build new relationships, talk about LGBTQ issues and share what we know as well as to confide in one another through our support groups. As an organization, we hope to serve you with support, fun and education about the LGBTQ community. For more information contact Ronald Patane at 864-503-5029. 

Greek-letter Organizations:

  • 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.

Multicultural Programs designs programs and events to raise awareness, exploration and appreciation about issues concerning:

  • Race
  • Disabilities
  • Ethnicity
  • Socioeconomic Status 
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Religion 
  • Gender 
  • Individual Differences
  • Sexual Orientation 

Multicultural Programs strives to:

  • Provide support through programs and activities for underrepresented students of color to assist with the university's retention efforts,
  • Affirm the inclusion of diverse student populations in the campus community,
  • Cultivate a spirit of collaboration, co-sponsorship and cooperation between university groups to promote diversity related efforts.

Our program calendar includes Black History Month, Diversity Week, Hispanic Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month, Pre-Kwanzaa, and Women's History Month activities.

Education and Training

Multicultural Affairs 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.

This office provides:

Diversity Training – Our staff visits classrooms, staff training sessions, and workshops to facilitate discussions about how to become more aware of and appreciate the individual differences within one another.

Group Activities – Our staff coordinates activities to assist your staff, group or class with becoming more acquainted with one another. We will assist in helping your team to realize the strengths and perspectives they all bring to the table.

Safe Zone Training – Our staff coordinates Safe Zone Training workshops designed to support the LGBTQ population at the University and educate people on LGBTQ issues. For more information, please visit Safe Zone Training


Multicultural Organizations

View a listing of on-campus involvement opportunities that cater to diversity-related issues, concerns and enrichment.

Campus-wide Resources
Visit the Campus Services pages and Campus Life pages to view services and organizations offered by the University.

College Resources
View this resource list to find ways to help minority students during their tenure as college students.

Multicultural Programs provides support for our underrepresented students of color, as well as students who are striving to find or create their identity on campus and it also serves as a clearinghouse to refer faculty, staff and students to involvement opportunities and services that are catered to their individual needs. For more information, please contact the Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs, Brittney Scurry.