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.



  • 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.


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.

Cultural Exchange Program


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will be able to attend a Fair styled event where each booth will share information about the particular culture. Event will have music, food, and traditions all depicting various cultures that are representative of the student body.

Location: Honeyman Pavillion

Teach Me to Salsa


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students can come to watch salsa dancers and be taught basic salsa dancing techniques.

Location: Bandshell

The Immigration Experience


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Come to hear real-life stories of faculty, students, and staff's immigration experience. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Snake Pit

Zumba Night


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will come and be taught the traditional style of Zumba dancing. Zumba dance instructor will teach the class basic dance steps.

Location: Bandshell

A Creepy DIY


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will be able to come and enjoy activities such as pumpkin painting, Halloween themed door hanger creations, and mason jar decorating. Additional activities include brownie/cookie decorations, games, and music. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Simmons Multicultural Center

Dias de Los Muertos


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will be able to come to the Simmons Center and be educated on the tradition of Dias de Los Muertos. Students will also get to try traditional Hispanic food that are traditional encouraged during Dias de Los Muertos. Program will also incorporate art activities where students can decorate Dias de los muertos related items.

Location: Simmons Multicultural Center

Diversity in the Workplace


Event Start: 6:00 PM

This academic year, the Career Center at FSC Moving into the next academic year, want to continue the discussion with racial/ethnicity discrimination in the workplace. Our plan is to have a guest speaker to first touch on issues that individuals of color may face within the workplace. We then plan to have 4 breakout sessions centered around 4 major themes for students to discuss in more detail with smaller groups.

Location: Christoverson Humanities Building Lobby

Thanksgiving Dinner


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will be able to come to the Multicultural Center and eat Thanksgiving Dinner with Staff members.

Location: Simmons Multicultural Center

Christmas De-Stress Event


Event Start: 5:30 PM

Students will be able to come and relax while enjoying food, listening to relaxing music, and engaging in relaxing activities before Finals.

Location: Simmons Multicultural Center

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

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Lauren Outler

Multicultural Coordinator