Office of Multicultural Affairs
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Birmingham-Southern College believes in the value of diversity and is committed to protecting the dignity of the individual. Diversity is integral to the learning experience required to produce world citizens who are able to take their places in the global economy, in culturally diverse societies, and in working and living environments that will bring them into contact with persons very different from themselves.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides intentional learning experiences that educate and support students in the various stages of their own identity development as it pertains to a variety of world views. We also strive to establish and support programs that affirm the diversity of the campus community in its many forms by embracing a broad definition of culture to include world views formed by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation.
Multicultural Student Organizations
Allies (Gay + Straight Alliance) provides programs and services to address the special needs of gay and lesbian students at Birmingham-Southern College, and to heighten the awareness and understanding of issues pertinent to our members and to the college community. The Allies are committed to the establishment of a campus environment free of discrimination and to the promotion of mutually supportive relationships among all students.
Black Student Union (BSU) is committed to serving both the immediate campus and the greater community by facilitating dialogue, promoting education of African American culture, and encouraging cross-cultural fellowship. BSU sponsors several programs throughout the year such as Black History Month, Soul Food Festival, Unity Step Show, and the Alumni Reception.
BSC One A-Chord Gospel Choir offers an opportunity to lift up the name of the Lord. Participation is voluntary and only one requirement exists in order to be a member: you must love the Lord and not be ashamed of it! One A-Chord was honored with the Organization of the Year Award in 2004 and continues to be a haven for those interested in praising the name of the Lord and having fun while doing so.
Foreign Language Club: It shall be the purpose of the Foreign Language Club to promote the exploration of modern foreign languages among members of the campus community. Specifically, the club will work to foster an understanding of other languages and cultures, promote study-abroad, encourage academic study of foreign language, and encourage links between the campus and the international community.
Interfaith Alliance encourages interfaith dialogue and cooperation on campus. It also works to increase awareness of diverse faith traditions from around the world. The Alliance program is open to a small group of students from diverse backgrounds who are both firm in their own faith convictions and interested in learning about other religions and promoting interfaith discussion at BSC. Agnostics or those without an organized religious practice are also encouraged to apply. Members do not need to be religion experts, but should show initiative in building an interfaith community on campus, enthusiasm for working with people of different faiths and willingness to question and be questioned.
International Film Club collectively watch and discuss foreign films and their influence on modern film and society.
Love Asia provides a communication and activities platform for anyone who is interested in learning about today’s Asia.
Middle Eastern Central Asian Alliance provides a conduit for the expression of Middle Eastern and Central Asian cultures, identities, perspectives, arts, issues, and persons in the Birmingham-Southern community. Through education and dialogue around Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture, MECAA works toward tolerance and understanding among people of different perspectives.
Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) was created in the interest of gaining feedback from students to help generate ideas for more effective, educational and creative Multicultural programming for the BSC student body. One representative from Allies, Black Student Union, Jewish Student Association, Multi-cultural Awareness Committee, the Inter-Fraternal Council, Pan Hellenic Council, Residence Life Staff, Muslim Student Association, and Student Government Association meet once every two weeks to discuss current multicultural programs, to present ideas for new multicultural programming and to network between member organizations. MAC coordinates the annual Diversity Week program.
Multi-cultural Awareness Organization (MCAO) works to heighten cultural awareness at Birmingham-Southern College by organizing and promoting a variety of cultural activities that provide opportunities to learn about other parts of the globe.
Southern Diversity Delegate
Birmingham-Southern's Southern Diversity Delegate is a male or female student who serves as the primary spokesperson for the Office of Multicultural Affairs on issues of diversity. He or she works cooperatively with the Office of Multicultural Affairs to sponsor cultural programs, promote community building, and facilitate cross-cultural understanding within the Birmingham-Southern College Community. The Southern Diversity Delegate serves as chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee and regularly participates in multicultural programs.
Selection of the Southern Diversity Delegate is held during spring term.
Current and former BSC Southern Diversity Delegates
- Ana Lejava 2012-2013
- Yuan Gong 2011 - 2012
- Sarah McCune 2010-2011
- Damian Slater 2009-2010
- Buddy Permenter 2008-2009
- Tanesha Williams 2007-2008
- Victoria Myers 2006-2007
- Kandace Hamilton 2005-2006
- Chryston Jones 2004-2005
- Kristian Collins 2003-2004
- Sonya Thomas 2002-2003
BSC Ally Training Program
As of Fall 2013, the BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to launch its new Ally Training Program. The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
The BSC Ally Training Program is a team of BSC faculty and staff dedicated to fostering a climate of respect for and acceptance of all people regardless of their identity or background. It is an educational initiative that offers resources and information about the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
It seeks to be a campus-wide network of allies and advocates that provides a non-judgmental and affirming sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. It is a diversity program aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.
It is an organization of allies and advocates seeking to address bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and violence. It is a group of concerned colleagues seeking to confront injustice and reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression on campus.
These types of programs are common at many colleges and universities and are typically called "safe zone" or "safe space" programs.BSC Ally Training Program
For more information:
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Erica K. Brown, Director
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35254