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Athlete Ally, Upstate
The mission of Upstate Athlete Ally is to create and foster an environment in which all members of the Upstate athletic community feel safe and comfortable being who they are regardless of gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. The main mission of Upstate Athlete Ally is to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports by educating and empowering straight and LGBT members of the Upstate campus and athletic communities to create a safe and welcoming athletic environment. For more information, contact Jim Griffis at 864-503-5660.

American Sign Language Club

The American Sign Language Club helps raise awareness and understanding of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (H.o.H.) cultures and the language to the public. Individuals will have opportunities to gain a better understanding of the language, as well as, the culture it is derived from. The club will provide opportunities for participants to come and improve their language skills in a safe, educational environment by offering simulative workshops, booths and social events within the University of South Carolina Upstate’s campus community. For more information, contact Sarah Hunt-Barron at 864-503-5644. 

Disability Acceptance, Awareness and Advocacy (DA3, formerly NAMI)
DA3’s mission is to promote acceptance of disability and mental illness on campus, raise awareness of the culture and history surrounding disability and mental illness, and advocate on behalf of students with disabilities and mental illnesses through educational events, peer led support groups and promotion of and assistance utilizing resources both on and off campus. For more information, contact Elizabeth Jodoin at 864-503-5195.

Gay-Straight Alliance (formerly PRISM)
Prism is a support group created for the LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies at USC Upstate. We value respect, togetherness and knowledge. Prism 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 Ron Patane at 864-503-5323.

National Association of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the USC Upstate Collegiate chapter of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. For more information, contact Michael Moton at 864-503-5333.

Non-Traditional Student Assembly (NTSA) 
The mission of the Non-Traditional Student Assembly is to encourage and coordinate support, education and advocacy for the adult learner. For more information contact, Lizbeth Zack at 864-503-5739.

Student Veterans Association (SVA)
The mission of the USC Upstate Student Veterans Association is to connect veterans with resources needed for success and cultivate a veteran supportive environment. For more information, contact Tina Herzberg at 864-503-5572.

#WeNeedToTalk is a movement that promotes culture, consciousness,and social development through insightful and introspective discussion forums, networking events and seminars. We focus on issues that divide humanity economically, socially, culturally and politically by bringing people of different walks of life together through open and frank discussions. For more information, contact Michelle Garland

Event Programming

Campus Activities Board (CAB)
The purpose of CAB is to involve students in creating and planning social events for the campus community. CAB aims to provide a diverse range of programs for students that allow them to develop socially, while simultaneously attempting to create a more unified campus. CAB serves as the student-led programming branch of the Office of Student Life. For more information contact CAB at 864-503-5122.


A. Bevy Productions
The purpose of A. Bevy Productions, Inc. at USC Upstate  is to provide a means for progressive focus and to incite an exponential increase in the growth for one's self, community and world. This shall be done through the purpose-filled events and fundraisers throughout the USC Upstate community. For more information, contact Ebony Smith at 864-503-5966.

Black Student Leaders (BSL)
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 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.

Study Abroad Association
The purpose of the Study Abroad Association is to provide an environment in which returning study abroad students are able to actively share their experiences with individuals and the campus-at-large through peer mentoring and various cultural, service and social activities. For more information, contact Patrick McCleary.  


Carolinian, The 
The Carolinian is the bi-monthly campus newspaper. It contains a wealth of information pertaining to student life, such as club news, athletic results, upcoming events, interesting features and much more. The Carolinian is published entirely by students, and the staff is always looking for news and feature writers, sports reporters, photographers and advertising representatives. For more information contact Allison Ludwig or David Wallace.

writersINC is the annual, student-run, literary journal of USC Upstate. It features literature submitted by writers from both USC Upstate and various neighboring two-year institutions. Our aim is simple:  to provide a literary outlet which furthers the ideals of free literary expression and embodies the individual talent found in the student body. For more information, contact writersINC at 864-503-5836.


College Democrats at Upstate
College Democrats strive to introduce and educate Upstate Students on the ideas and platforms of the Democratic party, to inform students and to create interest in politics. For more information, contact Trevor Rubenzer at 864-503-5633.

College Republicans at Upstate
The College Republicans makes known and promotes the principles of the Republican Party among students at USC Upstate. Members aid in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government and recruit USC Upstate students as members of the Republican Party. The group also works to develop political skills and leadership abilities among students as preparation for future service by them to the party and the community. For more information, contact Jim Griffis at 864-503-5660.

Sports & Recreation

Fishing Team, Upstate
The Upstate Fishing Team is a team for angling enthusiasts that strive to pursue collegiate tournaments as well as to enjoy the sport here in local lakes. This team is made up of students, faculty and staff to enhance the overall college experience and networking with other anglers. For more information contact Mark Ritter at 864-503-5939.

Jiu Jitsu Club
Based on techniques that have evolved over hundreds of years, Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu provides an extremely effective self-defense system against virtually any attacker, unarmed or otherwise. This system, taught in a friendly club atmosphere, can be used by anyone irrespective of strength, weight or gender. All you need to start is loose clothing. The club meets twice a week and progressively builds upon lessons learned throughout the semester. For more information contact Michael Mallen.

Spartan Warriors Dance Team, Upstate
The Upstate Spartan Warriors Dance team, is an organization that brings school spirit with dance. We perform jazz, hip-hip, contemporary and other dance styled routines at school events. We strive to put forth our best effort and bring out the Spartan in the students and community. For more information, contact Christi Stanton.

Volleyball Club, Upstate
The purpose of the USC Upstate Club Volleyball Team is to give former high school volleyball players a competitive league to play in. This club is created for those who are passionate about volleyball and would love the opportunity to increase their competitive level of play! For more information contact Mark Ritter at 864-503-5939.

Student Governance

Student Government Association (SGA)
The USC Upstate Student Government Association (SGA) is a self-governing entity of the student body. It is the primary liaison between students, faculty and administration. SGA is your voice on campus. For more information contact SGA at 864-503-5122.


IMPACT, a community service organization, helps unite the campus and community by promoting good relations among students, faculty members and administrators, and serves as the student-led community service branch of the Office of Student Life. Community service opportunities may include, but are not limited to: monthly service projects in the Greater Spartanburg Area, Spartan Day of Service, annual Fall Break Day of Service, Haunted Hollow, Angel Tree and Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB).For more information contact IMPACT at 864-503-5122.


Anime Club
The Anime Club exists to provide students an opportunity to meet other individuals interested in Japanese anime and to promote the understanding of animation. For more information contact David Coberly at 864-503-5830.

Avant Garde Fashion Guild, The
The Avant Garde Fashion Guild is for the forward thinking, fashionably aware, business savvy individuals wishing to make new avenues in the fashion and art industry. By combining art, fashion, and business concepts into one, we turn an art form of outward expression into a business platform of endless possibilities. For more information, contact Daphnie Glenn at 864-503-5427.

Chapter Chat
The purpose of Chapter Chat is to immerse its members into the world of books. Each member will have a chance to read and lead discussions on a book of his/her choosing. This club is great for anyone who likes to read, discuss literature and have fun! For more information contact Tasha Thomas at 864-503-5653.

Community Garden
The USC Upstate Community Garden (started in June 2013) recently expanded its footprint on campus due to a generous grant from Mrs. Patricia Moore-Pastides (wife of USC System President Harris Pastides) to include space that was once occupied by one of the portable classroom buildings (Annex 1). As such, we now have seven beds in the original garden and four more beds in the expansion phase that can be adopted by a team from the USC Upstate community (faculty, staff, students and alumni). There is no cost to use the plots, but you will need to provide your own seeds/plants. We have a variety of fertilizers and tools which garden members are free to use. For more information, contact Chris Bender at 864-503-5755.

Future Filmmakers Club
The Future Filmmakers Club allows students to have an interest in one area of film to experience the process of filmmaking. Members write, shoot and edit short films. Members also view and critique new and old films while discussing the elements of filmmaking. For more information contact Peter Caster at 864-503-5677.

Knit & Crochet Club, Upstate
Bring friends and crochet and knit with us! We can teach you the basics of crocheting and knitting so don't be afraid to join! It's easy to learn, fun, relaxing and best of all it's free! Many of our projects that we make together as a club will be donated to local charities. For more information contact Cindy Griffis at 864-503-5560.

Student Alumni Council (SAC)
The Student Alumni Council (SAC) was established in 2010 to foster the “Spartan Spirit,” and present leadership opportunities to both alumni and students of the University of South Carolina Upstate. For more information, contact Stephen Frey at 864-503-5306.

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Khrystal L. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students
& Director of Student Life

Doug Peters, M.Ed.     
Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs and Non-Traditional Student Services

Cory "Rudy" Taylor, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Campus Programs

John Montemayor, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Programs

Melissa Perry
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Office of Student Life
Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center, Room 210
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
(864) 503-5122