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Cultivate and Strengthen Community Engagement

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  1. Enhance the academic and work environments of the University by fostering a culture of service, servant leadership and inclusive excellence among faculty, staff and students.
    1. Increase diversity of faculty, staff and students through inclusive recruitment and retention practices.
    2. Strengthen onboarding and professional development programs for faculty and staff in accord with the mission, vision, core values and goals of the University.
    3. Affirm commitment to shared governance, transparency, timely communication and inclusive participation.
    4. Reward outstanding performance and advance quality of life in the workplace.
    5. Regularly evaluate the climate at South Dakota State University as experienced by faculty, staff and students, and communicate and respond with actionable strategies.
  2. Grow the University’s external engagement through extension, collaborative service, community outreach, alumni relations and public-private partnerships that enhance the quality of life in South Dakota and beyond.
    1. Ensure that communities have a voice in defining the University’s external engagement activities.
    2. Align academic and outreach programming across the university to optimize institutional efforts to support tribal communities and underserved populations.
    3. Increase engagement with K-12 schools at the local, state and national levels.
    4. Build reciprocal relationships with industry partners.
    5. Celebrate, promote and communicate the results and impact of engagement activities.

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SDSU employees granted Juneteenth holiday, certain university functions to remain open

Gov. Kristi Noem announced a holiday for state workers Friday, June 18, in honor of Juneteenth. This order is in response to the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which was signed today by President Joseph R. Biden.

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SDSU moves to blue safety level, returns campus to more familiar operations

South Dakota State University’s COVID-19 Response Team changed the university safety level from yellow to blue, effective immediately. The change returns the campus to more familiar operations.

Prairie Repertory Theatre's 50th season is underway

Prairie Repertory Theatre opened its 50th season with “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” June 9 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.