The Multicultural Affairs Office works closely with several cultural organizations on campus to produce seminars, off-campus experiences, speakers, cultural celebrations and workshops. These programs explore and support the intellectual, social, cultural, political and spiritual development of the entire campus.
All Students Interested in Asia (A.S.I.A.) provides a support group for Asian students and a forum on contemporary issues concerning Asian culture. ASIA sponsors social and cultural activities and events for the Rhodes community, highlighting diverse Asian cultures. ASIA has bi-monthly meetings.
Black Student Association (BSA) promotes unity within the African-American community and creates harmonious relationships among people of different cultures and backgrounds. The organization exemplifies the rich cultural heritage and unique diversity of people of African descent. BSA holds bi-weekly organizational meetings, hosts monthly social and cultural activities, participates in campus initiatives, and has several fundraisers to contribute to its scholarship fund.
First Generation Program (FGEN) is designed to be a comprehensive program for first-generation students to better develop their skills and increase retention and graduation rates of our students. The program seeks to better educate and support first-generation students through their college experience. Students are able to join a unique community that will provide additional resources from the school to aid in their academic and social development. Additionally, the program will better help support students for post-graduate plans.
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) provides a structured extracurricular outlet for Rhodes students interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender issues. The organization recognizes diversity and promotes respect for the rights and dignity of all people. GSA’s goal is to break down the walls of intolerance by educating the Rhodes community on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and to encourage thoughtful and open discussion about human sexuality.
Hispanic Organization for Language and Activities (HOLA) promotes diversity by bringing together those interested in the Spanish language and Hispanic/Latino culture in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
Valuing Our Impact on the Cultural Experiences of Students (VOICES) is the umbrella organization for all of the cultural groups under the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Bi-weekly meetings are held to discuss issues of concern, upcoming cultural events and ways that the groups can partner together in programming initiatives. VOICES sponsors the annual Dining for Diversity event.
SIGN Club promotes awareness of Deaf culture and offers students the opportunity to learn and share the primary language of the Deaf community, American Sign Language. Past activities have included film screenings on Deaf culture, silent lunches, Sign language lessons, and volunteering with local organizations committed to Deaf education. All are welcome - whether you are deaf or hearing, whether you are just learning the alphabet or have been signing for years.