Cultural Student Organizations
African American Studies Club
The African American Studies Club is designed for all students interested in learning more about African American History. Through a variety of activities including lectures, panel discussions, field trips and other projects, this club offers students the opportunity to not only exploring the contributions of African Americans in the United States, but also a space for discussing contemporary issues while exploring possible solutions to these issues.
President: Xavier Rolling
Black Heritage Committee
The Black Heritage Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students for the purpose of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the contributions made by African-Americans to American and World civilizations by developing programs, seminars, and workshops for the University community.
Brendan Beal (Social Work)
Paul Mahaffey (English and World Languages)
Cynthia Mwenja (English and World Languages)
LaTofia Parker (Counseling)
Josiah Garrett (Student Representative)
Solomon Balaam-Reed (Student Representative)
Committee Chair: Gregory Samuels (Secondary Education)
Korean Culture Club
The Korean Culture Club aims to educate and immerse Montevallo students in the customs, language, and ideas of South Korea. We will focus on food and popular culture in order to emphasize the idea that North American life is not supremely different from North Korea’s. We want Montevallo to learn that Korea is not significant just because of a war.
President: Kayla Twilley
Advisor: Min Su Lee
Peace and Justice Studies
Peace and Justice Studies (PJS) at the University of Montevallo examines causes and consequences of economic disparity, institutionalized inequality, and strategies of peace building and conflict resolution. Our students explore community issues within global contexts to critically analyze race, gender, and class relations. PJS minors may enhance their major field of study through our social justice framework and go on to become negotiators, community mediators, government officials, educators, businesspeople, organizers, and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development.
Co-Coordinator, Jennifer Rickel
Co-Coordinator, Meredith Tetloff
National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations
The Mu Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has served Montevallo since its inception in 1978 at the University of Montevallo. Mu Mu has participated in the Buckle Up America Program; volunteered readings at Montevallo Elementary School and Estes Nursing Home; Breast Cancer Awareness; and many other service projects. The sisters of Mu Mu actively participate on Montevallo’s campus in various organizations such as African American Society, IVOC, McNair Scholars Program, National Broadcasting Society, Student Government Association, Housing and Residence Life Resident Assistants, Upward Bound, campus tour guides, Orientation Leaders, Montevallo Masters, Montevallo Democrats, and the Student Alumni Association of Montevallo, just to name a few.
Safe Zone provides a visible network of allies for LGBT+ and other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment, and/or discrimination. The Safe Zone program aims to increase awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity about important issues affecting LGBT+ students, faculty, and staff to foster a safe, welcoming climate at the University of Montevallo. Our guiding assumptions are that all learning and work environments should be safe and free of sex- and gender-based discrimination, prejudice, and harassment; further, the environment should be one in which every student and employee is free to thrive on an academic, professional, and personal level based on respect and dignity. We believe it possible to adhere to individual moral and ethical perspectives and religious beliefs while behaving respectfully to all people. The Safe Zone committee sends a message that sexual orientations and gender presentations are part of our culture and are acknowledged and supported.
The purpose of Spectrum is to provide programs and services to address the unique needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community of the University of Montevallo and to increase the awareness and understanding of issues pertinent to our members and the college community as a whole.
President: Erin Green
Advisor: Bree Roberts
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) seeks to assist students with disabilities as they participate in the “Montevallo experience”. We define this as a nurturing, life-enriching, “small college” public higher education experience, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, global awareness and social justice. DSS realizes this mission in the following ways:
- Provides and coordinates direct services to students with disabilities. Services are individualized to meet the needs of students, based on documentation and professional judgment.
- Provides consultation for staff, faculty and administrators to increase awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities and to reduce programmatic, attitudinal and physical barriers.
- Provides support and information for student and faculty/staff development. DSS encourages students, staff and faculty to increase knowledge of effective means of accommodation without altering essential functions or purposes of a program or course. Reasonable accommodations should create equal opportunity to participate, learn, and express what has been learned.
- In all its activities, DSS seeks to establish and maintain a balance of rights and responsibilities for both students with disabilities and the University. Furthermore, DSS seeks to develop and use non-adversarial methods to resolve problems of accessibility and accommodation.
The University of Montevallo is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible for all persons with disabilities. The following information is provided so that concerns or accommodation requests may be promptly addressed by the appropriate officials. The University seeks full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Disability Support Services
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115