University of South Carolina supports students of all backgrounds. Learning from differences in people, ideas, and opinions—as well as cultivating conditions which support their work and development—remains a core goal of the university and contributes to our vibrant social and academic makeup.


As a graduate student you are eligible for a number of support services and diversity initiatives. Amid the growing number of cultural campus initiatives and student organizations, you can also find numerous ways to get involved.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers multicultural programming and support services, diversity and social justice education initiatives, and LGBT programs and services, including one-on-one support from ally professionals. Contact OMSA or check the events calendar for topics, dates and locations.

Want to Get Involved? All interested students are invited to participate in organizations and programs sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, including service as a trained OMSA Peer Educator.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is located in the Russell House, Student Life 115. You can reach them by phone at (803) 777-7716 or email:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of South Carolina, we believe that diversity and inclusion is necessary to achieve academic and institutional excellence. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with campus Partner Organizations and offers Diversity Programs to share experiences, raise awareness and promote understanding among our diverse community groups. For example, Dive-In Lunches bring together students, faculty and staff to discuss ways to foster an inclusive campus community.

Safe Zone Ally Program

The Safe Zone Ally Program is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBT individuals. The Graduate School has several trained allies.

Garrick Queen
1705 College Street, Suite 552

International Friendly Zone

The "International Friendly Zone" program provides an inclusive environment on campus and support for international students. The Graduate School has several trained international friendly zone representatives on staff.

Cassandra Nelson
1705 College Street, Suite 552

Green Zone

The process of transitioning from the military to civilian life can pose challenges for all veterans, especially for those who are navigating the complex environment of a large public research university. Green Zone Allies are familiar with the emotional cycle of deployment and can refer students to appropriate on-campus resources. The Graduate School is proud to have a veteran and trained Green Zone Ally as part of our team .

Ed Lilly
1705 College Street, Suite 552

Diversity Fellowship Programs

African American Professors Program

The African American Professors Program is a sponsored initiative designed to recruit and prepare African American students to become college and university professors. African American students who are pursuing doctoral degrees and who are interested in becoming college professors are eligible to apply.

The National Gem Consortium

The University of South Carolina is part of the Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) consortium. GEM works to increase access and success of underrepresented minority groups in the STEM fields and provides fellowships to underrepresented minority graduate students. GEM's principal activity is the provision of graduate fellowships at the MS and Ph.D. levels coupled with paid summer internships. GEM also offers programming on the importance of graduate school and tools for access and successful matriculation.

Presidential Fellowship Program

Diversity is cherished by the Presidential Fellowship Program, the university’s most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. The Graduate School welcomes nominations of domestic candidates and women in the STEM fields, and of underrepresented groups in all disciplines. About 1 in 6 Fellows is international.

Southern Regional Education Board

More than one-third of America's college students are people of color. But the percentages of college and university faculty who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups are only small fractions of the total. Nationwide, about five percent of faculty are African-American, about three percent are Hispanic and about one percent are Native American. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program is working to change that. The program is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and encourage them to seek faculty positions.

Codes of Conduct

The Carolinian’s Creed

The Carolinian’s Creed expresses the values the university expects its students to adhere to in their peer and community relationships. Carolinian Creed Day and Creed Week bring together students, staff, faculty, and the community to work on programs and projects that speak to the values in the Creed.


University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is to ensure that applicants for employment, employees, and prospective and enrolled students of the University of South Carolina are protected against discrimination. If you have an inquiry regarding equal opportunity or affirmative action at USC, contact EOP at:

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
University of South Carolina
1600 Hampton Street, Suite 805
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Phone: (803) 777-3854
FAX: (803) 777-2296