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 Foreign Languages)
Cynthia Mwenja (English and Foreign 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
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the premiere Black Greek-letter sorority. Founded by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. grew from 16 foresighted, ambitious young ladies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., to more than 150,000 ladies around the globe. Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha has endeavored to uplift the Black community through leadership, service and scholarship. Under the direction of the international president, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has implemented a six-point program concentrating on family, government involvement and influence, the Business Round Table – a training workshop on entrepreneurial skills, math and science literacy, a senior resource center, and a partnership with the American Red Cross.
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.
National Website: https://aka1908.com/
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were developed at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.
Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others.
National Website: https://apa1906.net/
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need.
Twelve visionary women chartered the Nu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on April 9, 1977, on the campus of the University of Montevallo. It was the first African-American organization to be established on campus.
The ladies of this chapter pride themselves on their sincere commitment and devotion to the national objectives of the sorority. Through innovative programs, continuous community service, and scholastic achievements, the Nu Omicron Chapter has continued the legacy of upholding the stature and prestige of their founders and charter members. On campus and in the surrounding community, the past and present members have shown their dedication to service, scholarship, and sisterhood.
National Website: https://www.deltasigmatheta.org/
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi, a college fraternity, now comprised of functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the country, is the crystallization of a dream. It is the beautiful realization of a vision shared commonly by the late Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs; John Milton Lee; Byron Kenneth Armstrong; Guy Levis Grant; Ezra Dee Alexander; Henry Tourner Asher; Marcus Peter Blakemore; Paul Waymond Caine; Edward Giles Irvin and George Wesley Edmonds.
It was the vision of these astute men that enabled them, in the school year 1910-11, more specifically the night of January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin. It is a fact of which KAPPA ALPHA PSI is justly proud that the Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin. The Constitution of KAPPA ALPHA PSI is predicated upon, and dedicated to, the principles of achievement through a truly democratic fraternity.
Chartered and incorporated originally under the laws of the State of Indiana as Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911, the name was changed to KAPPA ALPHA PSI on a resolution offered and adopted at the Grand Chapter in December 1914. This change became effective April 15, 1915, on a proclamation by the then Grand Polemarch, Elder Watson Diggs. Thus, the name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and KAPPA ALPHA PSI thereby became a Greek letter fraternity in every sense of the designation.
National Website: https://kap.site-ym.com/page/UC
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington, D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of the Founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say “[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish.”
Since its inception, the sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Zeta’s national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given many hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change.
The Tau Pi Chapter here at the University of Montevallo was chartered November 9, 1998. Since then, we have been devoted to our community. Some of the signatures that are sponsored by our chapter here on campus are Zeta Night at the Apollo, the annual Greek Unity Step Show, monthly Z-Hope programs, and the Adopt a Freshman Program just to name a few.
National Website: http://www.zphib1920.org/
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