Association of Multicultural Students
Legacy of Excellence
Wofford African-American Firsts
Monique McDowell '92 was the guest speaker at the 2004 AMS Senior Banquest honoring graduating seniors and installing newly-elected officers. A 1995 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, McDowell is an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta, GA, in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the State Bar of Georgia as well as an advisor on the women and minorities in the profession committee of the State Bar of Georgia. McDowell is pictured with Dr. Camille Bethea '94, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wofford.
The Association of Multicultural Students (AMS) exists to provide a cultural and social outlet for all students at Wofford College. Additionally, it strives to maintain a spirit of unity among all students of color.
AMS fulfills its mission via the following components:
- Cultural Enrichment - provide cultural programs and activities that promote appreciation of diverse people and cultures
- Social Enhancement - coordinate social activities geared to ethnic minority student interests
- Transitions - assist first year students of color in the transition from high school to Wofford
- Alumni Relations - foster interaction with alumni of color to promote leadership development and create an additional support network
- Community Outreach - engage in community service activities that encourage a spirit of “giving back.”
Ultimately, AMS is designed to enhance the collegiate experience of students of color and thereby build better interpersonal relationships across the entire campus community. All members of the Wofford College student body are eligible to be members of AMS.
Our Theme: "Lift as We Climb" succinctly expresses our purpose.
Legacy of Excellence
There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Each of these might be right for the particular moment of history, or nothing happens.
- Coretta Scott King, 1969
After observing a year of token but troubled racial desegregation at flagship universities across the South, the Wofford Board of Trustees announced in the spring of 1964 that applicants for admission henceforth would be considered without regard to race. Wofford thus became one of the first historically white private colleges in the South to take such a step voluntarily.
Albert W. Gray, from Spartanburg's Carver High School, applied to Wofford and enrolled without incident for the fall semester, 1964. Mr. Gray completed his degree after Vietnam, and is now a successful businessman and a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees.
Today's African-American students promise to attain or exceed the level of excellence attained by Mr. Gray and other pioneers from the classes of the 1960's and 1970's. Black students, alumni, faculty, and staff are involved in every phase of campus life, inside and outside the classroom. They also are active in the Spartanburg community as Twin Towers volunteers and Bonner Scholars. Four- and five-year graduation rates continue to be outstanding, often exceeding that of the student body as a whole. Black alumni continue to win recognition as achievers in graduate and professional schools as well as in business and other careers.
Xuan (Freeman) Dong
Executive Officer Responsibilities
Serves as the official spokesperson for the organization and shall represent the organization in all campus organization meetings and activities. Additionally, he/she will reside over team meetings, create a meeting agenda and help with event coordination as needed. He/she will be responsible for notifying members of meeting changes and updates. Serves as chair for executive committee.
Shall record minutes at all meetings, distribute all organizational, official and special occasion correspondence, serves as official conduct event evaluation and maintain organizational files. He/she is also responsible for notifying members of meeting changes and updates.
Organization Morale Officers
Serves as liaison to athletes of color.
Spiritual and motivational leader for all prayers and invocations.
Serves as archivist by maintaining scrapbook of organizational activities and accomplishments via memorabilia, photographs, etc.
Committee Chair Responsibilities
Wofford African American Firsts
Student - Mr. Albert W. Gray '71
Female Student - Ms. Debra Lewis '79
Graduate - Mr. Douglas L. Jones '69
Female Graduate - Mrs. Carolyn M. Dawkins '76
Faculty Member - Dr. Otis Turner
Administrator - Mr. Bobby Leach
Member of Phi Beta Kappa - Mr. Mack A. Davis '76
Alumnus or Alumna Trustee - Mrs. Joyce Payne Yette '80
Alumnus or Alumna Faculty Member - Dr. Jameica Hill '88
Student Body President - Mr. Stanley Porter '89
Student Body Vice-President - Fletcher Smith Jr., Esquire '74
Glee Club and Campus Union - James A. Cheek, Esquire '73
Presidential International Scholar - Mr. Dwain Pruitt '95
Homecoming Queen - Ms. Linda Burgess
Member of Athletics Hall of Fame - Mr. Lenny Best '82
Starting Quarterback - Mr. Jason Hill '89
Athlete with Jersey Retired - Mr. Shawn Graves '93
Glee Club Accompanist - Mr. Greg Leevy '74