Simmons Multicultural Center

Welcome to the Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Appreciation

The Simmons Multicultural Center provides a variety of quality support services, plan and drive educational and entertaining cultural awareness programs, and provide leadership opportunities through student involvement and service.

 

Goals

  • To create and maintain an ongoing assessment and evaluation process to gain feedback on programs and services.
  • 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.
  • To be branded as a vital resource for student development and success as it relates to campus engagement and leadership development.
  • 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

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

The Simmons Center staff contributes to the development of all Florida Southern College students by promoting diversity and adhering to the tenants of The Cornerstone.

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.

Events

The Simmons Center collaborates with the Multicultural Student Council and other campus organizations to sponsor diversity programming that includes Hispanic Awareness Celebrations, International and Cultural Awareness events, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, Black History Month programs, Women’s History Month celebration and other diversity events.

Caribbean Festival

Jan
17

Event Start: 5:30 PM

Come and enjoy the musical stylings of the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Fannin Center

This event is available only to current FSC students.

MLK Day of Impact

Jan
20

Event Start: 11:00 AM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed and fought for a nation of freedom and justice for all while applying principals of nonviolence. MLK Day of Impact is a way we can honor his life, his teachings, and his legacy. Please join Multicultural Student Council, the Student Government Association, and the Center for Student Involvement for some lunch and to listen to our speaker. Afterwards, please join us as we work on a variety of service projects to give back to the community. We hope to see you at this important event.

Location: Jenkins Field House

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Wall of Oppression

Feb
3through-7

Event Start: 5:30 PM

You are invited to come and share your experiences of oppression. Each message will be posted on a display which will remain standing for a week. At the end of the week, the display will be torn down symbolizing that the oppression is also being broken down.

Location: Simmons Center

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Jonathan Baptiste Trio

Feb
10

Event Start: 5:30 PM

The Jonathan Baptiste Trio return to Florida Southern College for MSC's annual Black History Month Events. Come out and enjoy a performance by these amazing performers.

Location: Fannin Center

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Step Team Event

Feb
26

Event Start: 6:30 PM

Local step team Taken By Surprise Team to visit the Florida Southern Campus. During the performance, Taken By Surprise will discuss the history of step, their contributions to the local community, and depict the stepping art form.

Location: Thrift Alumni

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Women's Tea

Mar
15

Event Start: 1:30 PM

Come and join us in celebrating Women's History Celebration with speaker.

Location: Joseph Reynolds Hall - Eleanor Searle Room

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Homecoming Pancake Breakfast

Mar
21

Event Start: 8:30 AM

Please join us for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the dedication of the Albert Misan ‘72 Loft—a special place for students to gather and interact at the Multicultural Center.

Location: Simmons Center

This event is available only to current FSC students.

End of the Year Party

Apr
24

Event Start: 5:30 PM

Come on out to the Simmons Center and enjoy a social experience with your peers while being served food and drinks! Join us in saying goodbye to the 2019-2020 academic year.

Location: Simmons Center

This event is available only to current FSC students.

Evett Simmons Center Building

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.

Contact Us

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Brenda Lewis

Director of Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Appreciation
863.680.6285

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Lauren Outler

Multicultural Coordinator
863.680.3950