Welcome to the Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Awareness

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

September Welcome Back Cookout, Hispanic Heritage Month
October Open Mic Night, Fiesta
November Shoe boxes for Haiti
January Rip the Runway, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
February Black History Month
March Women’s Tea, Charity Date Auction
April International Awareness & Education Week

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
E-mail: fscsmc@flsouthern.edu

Find Us

The Simmons Multicultural Center is located on Callahan Ct., building code RS on the campus map.

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Meet our Staff

Photo: Brenda LewisBrenda Lewis

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.

2014-2015 MSC Officers
Erica Elkins President
Adrienne Griffin Vice President
Samantha Hymson Secretary
Lindsey Sealey Treasurer
Danielle Sutherland Historian
Sierra Applewhite Public Relations
John Rahgu Social Chair
Aimee Ferrara Fundraising Chair



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.

Refer to the Student Handbook for more information.

To make an appointment today contact:

Brenda Lewis

International Student Association

International Student Association is a student organization that builds a network of friends from all over the globe. Students in ISA offer support to one another while transitioning into the United States and Florida Southern College community.

We are working to build our family to make it better. Please stop by the Simmons Multicultural Center to find out how to get involved as you transition and become a Florida Southern Moccasin! We would love for our international family to grow and you to become a member of it.