"It Makes a Difference, Be the Difference."
Vision Statement: To support the University’s goal to enrich the quality of student life and the living/learning environment.
Mission Statement: To better support the transition for students entering the University of South Alabama, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers JagROOTS, a mentoring program that projects accountability, dependability and minority retention.
JagROOTS is a one-on-one mentoring program that supports students in their transition to the University of South Alabama. This objective is achieved by connecting students with University facility, staff, and alumni who have common backgrounds or interest.
The JagROOTS Program is designed to help first-year, transfer, and continuing students become a valued part of the University and the Mobile area. The mentors and mentees participate in a series of skill-based activities that build relationships, connect communities, and explore opportunities.
Admission status: Closed as of 9/01/2017
iLead Leadership Academy
The iLead Leadership institute is an 8 week, 2 phase program consisting of interactive activities and leadership development training to enhance the acquisition of student leaders’ knowledge and skills with tools for professional, intellectual, and personal development. The overall objective of this program is to enhance the acquisition of student leaders’ knowledge and skills with tools for professional, intellectual, and personal development. Each participant will learn how to critically evaluate his or her own leadership proficiency and business skills. iLead will be held on the Thursday dates listed below from 5:00pm-6:30pm.
Admission status: Closed as of 9/01/2017
Black Faculty and Staff Association
We create a connection where university employees can foster a great sense of community and mutual support among the Black faculty and staff. The BFSA promote academic excellence and career development through involvement with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The members of the BFSA actively work towards the University’s goal of diversity and inclusion in every aspect in the University.
Chill ‘Round the Grill
During the Week of Welcome (WOW), the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs host the freshman students at the Student Center to provide a fun, interactive, and informative celebration to welcome the University of South Alabama students and sets the tone for the new year. Find an organization to join, get free food and swag, and have a blast at Chill Round the Grill!
The Livin’ Your Best Life Symposiums: First Year Success Series is a series of educational and social programs hosted by Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Ambassadors & Freshmen Inaugural Year Association (FIYA) throughout the first four weeks of the Fall semester. These programs are designed specifically with first-year students in mind, and are aimed at helping to get you connected to the University. In addition, you can receive Outside the Classroom experience at every program!
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Ambassadors are elite students who serve as the official representatives of the department. Founded in 2018 and housed within the Student Activities suite, Student Ambassadors have helped represent the department to alumni, friends, donors, faculty, and administrators.
Ambassadors help prepare for and host various department events and activities throughout the year, where they have the opportunity to both promote activities in the department and network with alumni. Ambassadors benefit from their work by developing professional relationships and refining their leadership and interpersonal skills.
Student Ambassadors are chosen through a selection process that includes an application and an interview. Applications are accepted in February of each year students who have a current GPA of at least 3.0 on cumulative coursework, have completed at least one semester at University of South Alabama, demonstrate a strong level of commitment to programs and initiatives within the college, and are available for service assignments at daytime, evening, and weekend events. Interviews are granted to qualified applicants and are selected through a competitive pre-screening review by a committee of current ambassadors.
Freshman Inaugural Year Association (FIYA)
Freshman Inaugural Year Association (FIYA) at the University of South Alabama is housed in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. It is designed to help first-year students succeed academically and socially, and make a smooth transition to university life.
FIYA is an group of elected first year students that represent all multicultural first year students. Members will be whisked into leadership opportunities that help increase personal achievement, visibility of first-year issues, impact Mobile and the University’s community, and represent the best interest of first-year students at the University of South Alabama. FIYA is an excellent opportunity to make an impact at the University of South Alabama.