Multicultural Programs at USC Upstate

Multicultural Programs

Multicultural Programs 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.

Upcoming Events:

Student Leadership and Diversity Conference

The Office of Student Life is sponsoring registration and travel for the first 50 students to register by January 27th. Register Today


The Dream Week

Walk the Dream-Saturday, January 18, 2020

Unity Walk Downtown Spartanburg

A 2-mile walk honoring and celebrating the several marches for Civil Rights Dr. King led.

Wofford College-Burwell Building 8:30 a.m.

*First 70 Students to arrive from USC Upstate will receive a commemorative sweatshirt.

Serving the Dream-Monday January 20, 2020

MLK Day of Service

Join us in celebrating the life and work of Dr. King by participating in service activities in our community.  Contact Dr. Deb Kladivko (, 864-503-5106) for more information.

Paint the Dream-Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Instructed painting on canvas (with a powerful message) with light refreshments.

Sparty’s Den (basement level of Palmetto House) 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Sign Up required:

Leading the Dream-Thursday January 23rd, 2020

Keynote Leadership Address by Ramona Big Eagle with sit-down dinner, and live performance.

URC Great Room 6:30 p.m.

RSVP required:

For accommodations, contact Disability Services at 864-503-5199 and for more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122.

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    February we celebrate Black History Month. For more information contact

    Black History Month Poster

  • 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.

    If you'd like to request a presentation or workshop please visit the request from here.

    A general description of the services Multicultural Programs can provide

    Inclusivity Workshops – Our staff visits classrooms, student staff training sessions, and student leader orientations 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 student leaders, 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 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

    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.