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Wes Shaffer, coordinator of PRISM, the LGBTQ center at the University of Southern Mississippi, and USM Ph.D. student.

Letter of identity: The Wes Shaffer story

Wade Taliancich, SM2 Contributor | May 3, 2023

The world spun while they stood on top of the electrical box surrounded by thousands of people with every identity imaginable. Women with short hair, people of different races and ethnicities, individuals...

Southern Miss PRISM celebrates National Coming Out Day. | Huey Turlich, SM2

USM Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Huey Turlich, SM2 Reporter | October 19, 2022

PRISM, one branch under the Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement organization, hosted a celebration in honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 on Weathersby Lawn. The student organization put together...

Learning and Laughter at PRISMs Human Library Event

Learning and Laughter at PRISM’s Human Library Event

Simeon Gates, SM2 Reporter | October 5, 2022

On Sept. 28, PRISM, Southern Miss’ LGBTQ+ center, hosted a “Human Library” event. Coordinator of Programming and PRISM Wes Shaffer hopes that guests were able to find representation. Participant...

PRISM hosts Second Chance Prom

PRISM hosts Second Chance Prom

Cordaveon Carter and Cordaveon Carter | March 8, 2022

(Photos/Huey Turlich) PRISM hosted its Second Chance Prom on March 5, giving all students another opportunity to experience the magic of prom.  The event took place in the Thad Cochran Center...

A student waves a Pride flag last semester as protestors preach anti-LGBTQ sentiments. (Photo/Sarah Kofman)

Student essay gains significance amid recent events against the LGBTQIA community

Garret Grove and Garret Grove | February 23, 2022

The University of Southern Mississippi is known for its sense of inclusivity. However, past and recent events this school year targeting the LGBTQIA+ community has many concerned about how open the Hattiesburg...

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