Simmons Multicultural Center

Simmons Multicultural Center


Welcome to the Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Appreciation

Global learning environment for students, expanding cultural knowledge and experiences. The Simmons Multicultural Center provides a wide variety of educational, developmental, and social programs for all students.

We provide a variety of quality support services, plan and drive educational and entertaining cultural awareness programs, and provide leadership opportunities through student involvement and service. These programs serve as a vehicle for the college community to learn about some of the many volunteer opportunities in the community and the many cultures that are a part of our Florida Southern College family. This includes targeting services for our international and minority students.

The Simmons Center sponsors programs during nationally recognized celebratory months, as well as other times during the year, to highlight the various cultures represented on campus.

Keep a lookout for programs during these months

August Blast Off, Welcome Back Cookout
September MSC Meeting (Pizza Meet & Greet), Diversity Fair, EPA Event, Movie Night
October Car Wash, Saving Money Now, Open Mic Night, MSC Retreat, Fall Festival, Fiesta
November MSC Game Night
December End of the Year Party
January MSC Caribbean Fest, MSC Party, Fashion Show
February Open Mic Night, Black History Month Events
March Women’s Tea
April Charity Date Events

Simmons Center Building Not only did we receive a new name after a beloved trustee and alumni of Florida Southern but also a new office in a house that international and multicultural students love to call home.

In addition to administrative offices, the Simmons Multicultural Center is home to the International Student Association, and the Multicultural Student Council.

Simmons Multicultural Center

We provide a variety of quality support services, plan and drive educational and entertaining cultural awareness programs, and provide leadership opportunities through student involvement and service.


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact Us

Phone: 863.680.6285
Fax: 863.680.4443

Find Us

The Simmons Multicultural Center is located on Johnson Ave., building code W on the campus map.

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Meet our Staff

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Brenda Lewis
Director of Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Appreciation

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Dana S. Wright
Graduate Assistant for Multicultural and International Programs

Multicultural Student Council (MSC)

The mission for the Multicultural Student Council is to contribute to the multicultural awareness and competence across the Florida Southern campus. MSC plans and implements informative and entertaining cultural awareness programs, provide leadership opportunities, and provides a global learning environment to expand cultural knowledge and experience.

2016-2017 MSC Officers
Danielle Sutherland President
Derrick Jean-Baptiste Vice President
Davia Nimmons Secretary
Kaitlyn Joseph Treasurer
Marlena Charles-Paul Historian
Assia Angelini Social Chair
Anisha Koilpillai PR Chair
Alexia Robinson Fundraising Chair

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Office of International Students

The Office of International Students is available to assist students during their transition to Florida Southern and the United States. The office provides a variety of services for our international students enrolled at Florida Southern.

We have over one hundred international students that call Florida Southern College home.

Brenda Lewis, the International Student Association adviser, seeks to have an on-going relationship with each international student. She strives to assist students with immigration and employment regulations, legal rights and responsibilities, adjustment to Lakeland and the United States, and other various personal concerns.

Once you are on campus...

Check in with Brenda Lewis at the Simmons Multicultural Center

As a new first-year or transfer student coming to Florida Southern College you will need to make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Lewis upon your arrival. To this meeting you will need to bring four documents: Passport, Visa, I-20, and I-94.

About to Graduate?

If it is your last semester but you wish to stay in the United States and work. The Optional Practical Training (OPT) application and information may be for you.

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Refer to the International Student Handbook for more information.

To make an appointment today contact:

Brenda Lewis

Mission Statement, Goals, and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The Center for Student Involvement and the Simmons Center strives to support the overall mission of the college in its efforts to provide a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities that engender the advancement of our community’s core values. We aim to create an engaged and inclusive environment by fostering holistic experiences that connect our students to one another.


  1. To create and maintain an ongoing assessment and evaluation process to gain feedback on programs and services.
  2. To collaborate with individuals, groups, academic affairs and other student development units to offer initiatives that connect people through community service, social engagement, cultural celebration and shared understanding.
  3. To be branded as a vital resource for student development and success as it relates to campus engagement and leadership development.
  4. To reorganize and revitalize Center for Student Involvement and Simmons Center policies and procedures to create clear and concise communication with students, faculty, and staff.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Shape the dynamic programs and services that fit the changing needs of a diverse student body.
  2. Seek Center for Student Involvement and Simmons Center as a resource to gain a better understanding of the programs and services offered.
  3. Develop an understanding of self and an appreciation for intercultural exchange, civic involvement, equity and access.