Points of Pride

Points of Pride

Walk of Fame:

Rollins College alumni Douglas Brockington and President Thaddeus Seymour pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 1983, the anniversary of King's birth, by dedicating a stone to King in the Walk of Fame. The stone reads: "From Atlanta, Ga.; Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.." . The stone was installed by members of the Rollins Black Student Union in 1984.
Paul Laurence Dunbar - Dayton, Ohio (1872-1906)
"The stone is from the Negro poet's birthplace. The house was torn down to make way for the Paul L. Dunbar High School."

Maya Angelou- Stamps, Arkansas (4/4/28 - )
The stone was obtained from the mayor of Stamps. It was set January 30, 1994 as part of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Ms. Angelou received the Doctor of Humane Letters from Rollins in 1985.
Mrs. Angelou also participated in the 2007 Rollins College Colloquy on Liberal Education and Social Responsibility in a Global Community.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union has been on the Rollins College campus since 1972. It is an organization that is committed to education, community interaction, inclusion, and organizational pride. The Black Student Union provides support and activities that not only benefit African American students, but also increase campus awareness of African American culture.

First African-American Students

John Mark Cox, Jr. entered Rollins College in fall of 1964 as the first African American student.

Benard Myers, Lewanzer Lassiter, and William Johnson were the first to graduate in 1970.

First African-American Speaker

Julian Bond – First African American Keynote Speaker at Rollins College

Julian Bond spoke in the Bush Auditorium on April 1, 1970, about the attitude of people towards African-Americans over the centuries. The lecture was presented by the Student Union Board of Directors Educational Entertainment Committee. In February of 1976, Bond was the keynote speaker of the 7th Annual Black Awareness Week. The event, sponsored by the Black Student Union, was held at the Enyart Alumni Field House, and Bond's lecture was entitled "What's Next."

Sigma Gamma Rho

The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was reactivated on April 1, 2006 and became the only historically black sorority to be represented at Rollins.

The Omicron Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on April 3rd 1998 at Rollins College. Five, amazing, unique, women decided this was the perfect organization for them; Junia Jean Jiles, Jamila Wiltshire-Beckford, Chandra Allen, Shana Henry and Shantell Richards. Since then, The Omicron Lambda chapter has been doing everything to live up to their national motto, “Greater Service, Greater Progress”.  AS the only NPHC organization (on e of the nine historically African-American Sororities and Fraternities) on campus, SGRho tries to represent for all Divine Nine organizations, by exemplyfing excellence at all times.  Sisters in the past have participated in Relay for Life, March for Babies,  Rollins Relief to New Orleans,  and Dance Marathon to name a few.

In the spring of 2009 Sigma Gamma Rho was named the most philanthropic based organization at the Celebrate Rollins award ceremony. Most recently the organization teamed up with another sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, to organize a prom dress drive for Jones High School. The two sororities collected 190 prom dresses.  The organization is also a lucky charm since for the past three years, whatever Greek Week Team they’re on has won! Sigma Gamma Rho is based known for their action packed celebratory weeks they put on in the fall (to celebrate their national founding date, November 12, 1922) and in the spring (to celebrate their chapter founding, April 3, 1998). The event EVERYONE looks forward to is the annual probate show, or unveiling of new members, in the spring. Sigma Gamma Rho will continue to live up to their motto and impacting the Rollins College campus.

Office of Multicultural Affairs History


Diversity Programs and Affirmative Action

Effective July 2002, Diversity Programs transitioned out of the Office of Student Activities and was evolved into the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Diversity Programs was established in the spring of 1997 as part of the Division of Student Affairs in
the Arts & Sciences undergraduate day program

Inter-faith and Race Relations Club 1951

The Inter-faith and Race Relations Club was one of the first, if not the first, organization of Rollins history that promoted and embraced a diverse community. Fred Rogers, a club member, wrote an essay about this club’s activities and how they interacted with the surrounding communities, such as Eatonville.

Safe Zone Program

The Rollins College Safe Zone program was created in 2007 as a way to support and embrace our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) communities here at Rollins. It is being created by a group of faculty and staff trainers and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, as a way to support and speak up about the issues our many GLBTQ students, faculty and staff face on college campuses daily.