Melissia Brannen

Melissia Brannen

Assistant Dean of Students | Director of Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources

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Melissia Brannen is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources at Columbia College. She oversees community resources, including the campus food pantry and Free Store; provides social justice education programs, diversity presentations, and cultural awareness events; manages the Community of Honor concerns report; and advises the Diversity Peer Educators, International Studies Association, Muslim Student Association, and Spectrum. She also enjoys getting to know students from other countries as the College’s Principal Designated School Official.

Melissia previously served the College for four years as Director of Student Activities before moving into her current role in November 2015. Prior to her arrival at the College, she served as the Associate Director for Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina from 2006 - 2011. She completed a Master of Science degree in Higher Education at Florida State University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Converse College with an interdisciplinary in Leadership and a minor in Women's Studies.

Melissia is a proud member of the Columbia College staff and graduate of Converse College. She displays her pride for both historical South Carolina women’s colleges by always wearing purple.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Chi Sigma Alpha
  • SC Women in Higher Education, Institutional Representative
  • Spirit of Inclusion Award
  • Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, 16-17
  • Advisor of the Year, 18-19