Support and Advocacy Services

Support and Advocacy Programs are co-curricular and support service programs that provide marginalized communities information about campus resources, personnel, cultural heritage, networking and other strategies for success.

OMSA Discussion Groups 
Facilitated every other week by OMSA Peer Educators, our open discussion groups provide opportunities for folks who share similar aspects of identity to come together, build community, and learn from one another. Current discussion groups are Being an LGBTQ Person of Color, Ace of Hearts, Woke Book Club, Bridging Boundaries, Marginalization in the Media, and Community & Academic Engagement!

OMSA Peer Educators
OMSA Peer Educators, or OPEs, are trained student facilitators that lead groups in discussion and exploration activities in areas of diversity and social justice.

QUEER CONNECTIONS : LGBTQ+ First Year Experience Program
Queer Connections is an event series geared toward LGBTQ+ students who are new to the University of South Carolina and seeks to create opportunities for them to make connections with other Queer/Trans students, faculty and staff. Additionally, it seeks to provide a space of support for college’s unique challenges that affect LGBTQ+ students in different ways.

Multicultural Assistance Peer Program (M.A.P.P.) – Peer Mentor Program for new and transfer students that aids in a student’s transition to academic, social, and campus life at USC.

Men of Color Initiative (MOCi) – A new program designed to engage participants in workshops, mentor relationships, and self-reflection around students that identify as men of color.

Quench (Queers + Lunch) – Quench provides a safe space for LGBTQ and ally students to build community and engage with topics that affect our experiences as queer folks at Carolina.

Safe Zone Ally Program – Safe Zone is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBTQ individuals.

Trans Task Force – A committee designed to assess the current campus climate at USC for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and propose and implement policies for transgender inclusion, as well as educate the campus community on trans issues and needs.