Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Department of Student Life
University of South Carolina
Office: Russell House, Suite 112
As director of multicultural student affairs, Shay Malone provides leadership for planning, implementing and assessing outreach and awareness programs that promote multicultural and social justice education for the campus community. She works with multiple committees and programs across the university to promote diversity and inclusion, including working with USC’s first chief diversity officer on the university’s Diversity Committee.
Shay came to USC in September 2013 from Vanderbilt University, where she spent most of her time as the assistant director of leadership development and intercultural affairs. In this position, she was involved in creating Vanderbilt’s LGBTQ Center and implemented programs that integrate leadership and service learning with social justice education. Previously, Shay held several positions in admissions, multicultural, and international student services at Webster University.
Shay earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dance from Webster University in Saint Louis, Mo., in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Media Communications with an emphasis in public relations in 2003. A career in higher education has led her to continue her studies at the University of Alabama, where she is currently a doctoral student in higher education administration. Her research focuses on the duality of campus cultural centers at predominantly white institutions, and she expects to graduate in 2014.
Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Shay is a member of various non-profit and professional organizations and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She still continues her passion in performing arts in dance and theatre and looks forward to joining Columbia’s booming arts community.