Diversity Education

Civil Rights Tour

The Civil Rights Tour is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, NAACP and the African American Studies Program. The Civil Rights Tour educates students about the Civil Rights Movement. A four day and three night tour is held annually during the spring semester. The tour departs from Columbia and travel through Alabama and Georgia. The tour is open to all USC students, staff, and faculty.

Diversity Dialogue Series

The diversity dialogue series program will educate the campus community on issues related to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism on a predominately white campus. This educational program occurs once or twice a month, usually at 7pm on Thursdays, in various Residence Halls. Bring your friends or join us to make a few new ones while discussing current hot topics on diversity, social justice and what you think is happening in our society.

Diversity Dictionary

Diversity Network

The Diversity Network is an informal system of roundtable discussions involving interested faculty, staff and graduate students throughout campus that are involved in various forms of diversity committees or programming boards. The network will meet at least once, but no more than twice, a semester in a common area. Meetings will be brown bag and the sponsoring office will provide dessert and materials. Please contact Gavin Weiser; weiser@mailbox.sc.edu if you or your department are interested in participating in the Network.

Diversity Retreat

This weekend-long retreat will focus on diversity and leadership. Participants will examine the meaning of social change and develop an action plan to bring back to their community. They will learn how they can synthesize this action plan into their lives to be the most effective leader that they possibly can. They will examine these issues through an experiential pedagogy, building upon their existing knowledge as well as learning gained through this experience. The goal of this retreat is for participants to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be a leader in a diverse ever-changing world.

Diversity Training

This service is coordinated by OMSA to provide student organizations, faculty and staff with the opportunity to select or design a presentation that meets your specific needs on diversity awareness and multicultural issues. If you are interested in this service, please select one of the links below where you will be directed to fill out an online request form. We will contact you within 5 business days of your request. All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to date of presentation.

Request Student Presentation
Note These presentations are for student organizations or groups and U101classes. OMSA Workshops

Request Faculty/Staff Presentation
Note The Faculty/Staff presentation is based on materials from the Anti-Defamation League Train-the-Trainers Program. You will have the option to schedule a full Train-the-Trainer Program or select parts to meet your individual needs.


EMPOWER, a Diversity Peer Educator group, provides a platform for students to challenge stereotypes, to create dialogue about similarities and differences, and to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. If you would like to have EMPOWER visit your class or meeting, please request a presentation. More information on our available presentations can be found here. Please make a note in the Special Requests/Additional Comments field indicating that you would like EMPOWER to make the visit.

R.E.A.L. Talk Series

The R.E.A.L. Talk Series Series is a themed speaker series open to faculty, staff, students and community members focused on issues of diversity and social justice that impact campus and the greater community. The Series will initially feature speakers from various industries in the Columbia community who engage in work with underrepresented minorities and/or social justice work and will move on to more well-known speakers as it grows in popularity and financial support. Series’ events will take place up to twice a semester in the Russell House Theater or Ballroom.

Student Leadership and Diversity Conferences (S.L.D.C)

The Student Leadership and Diversity Conference is a one day annual conference that is sponsored by Leadership Programs and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the spring semester. There will be a keynote speaker for each topic – leadership and diversity. All USC students are encouraged to attend. This program is also open to surrounding schools. Please visit here for more information.