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Student Resources

Academic Programs 

School of American and Global Studies: The School of American and Global Studies prepares critical thinkers and proficient researchers who are culturally literate and globally engaged. Faculty teach, conduct research and disseminate scholarship on the cultural, historical, linguistic, philosophical, political and religious systems that sustain U.S. and global societies. Through service and outreach, faculty share this knowledge to benefit South Dakota, the nation and the world.



Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction

The Dr. April Brooks Women of Distinction recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women who promote opportunities for historically marginalized groups at South Dakota State University, including through community activism and service.

Five women will be honored every year, and nominations are open to women in the following roles:

  • Administration
  • Professional Staff/NFE
  • Faculty
  • Civil Service Staff
  • Student
Ally Award

The Ally Award recognizes any person or organization, on or off campus, who demonstrate(s) a commitment to supporting the mission of the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program: to educate our university and the public on issues related to gender and sexuality, through innovative curricula, research, and outreach.

Cultural Student Organizations 

For more information on student organizations, please visit Jacks Club Hub

Living-Learning Communities 

Living-Learning Communities at SDSU provide an environment for residents to connect their academics with life outside the classroom. Students who are accepted to live and participate in these communities have the opportunity to live with others whose academic interests match their own, be supported both academically and socially through intentional programs geared toward their learning community, and interact meaningfully with faculty and staff members. For more information on Living-Learning Communities, please visit the Housing & Residential Life website

Allied for Acceptance

A community for students who place a high value on inclusiveness for people of all identities, including gender identity and sexual orientation. This is a safe space for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and more. 

Students in this LLC live in Caldwell Hall (3rd floor).

Oyate Yuwitaya Tipi Inclusive Community (The Tribes/Peoples Live Together)

The Oyate Yuwitaya Tipi (OYT) is a community of Native and non-Native peoples who will be provided with opportunities to enhance their understandings of the diverse histories, contexts, cultures, and experiences of American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples. Founded upon the principles of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and kinship, our purpose is to be a living-learning environment that fosters educational success, nurtures student leadership, promotes solidarity, and honorably acknowledges the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations of South Dakota.

Students in this LLC live in Mathews Hall (1st Floor). 

On-Campus Student Diversity Resources 

American Indian Student Center

The American Indian Student Center (AISC) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) houses the American Indian Student Services (AISS) and American Indian Studies (AIS) programs, and remains as the hub of cultural programming, services and advocacy that supports the recruitment, transition, retention, persistence and graduation of American Indian students.

Location: American Indian Student Center (located near Bailey Rotunda & Jackrabbit Village) 

LGBTQIA+ Resource Center

The mission of the South Dakota State University LGBTQIA+ Resource Center is to provide community and campus resources to LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff at our university as well as residents of the Brookings community. 

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community. To this end, the office collaborates with students, faculty and staff across the University community to create a usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environment.

Location: University Student Union, Room 271

Office of International Affairs and Outreach

The primary mission of the SDSU Office of International Affairs (OIA) is to foster an environment in which the university's many constituents—administrators, faculty, staff, students, residents of the local community and the state of South Dakota—have varied opportunities to gain appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of other cultures and global trends. OIA also houses International Student and Scholars Services

Location: Hilton M. Briggs Library, Suite 119

TRIO Programs

The TRIO SSS program is designed to help university students achieve academic success. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the number of students who succeed from semester to semester and who graduate from college. 

Location: Larson Commons, Room 104

Veterans Affairs Resource Center

The vision of South Dakota State University Veterans Affairs Resource Center is to assist military veterans, their family members and their survivors in obtaining all federal and state educational benefits and entitlements they have earned by serving in the United States military, and to provide guidance and support services that will aid veterans in their transition to academic and civilian life. The Veterans Affairs Resource Center at South Dakota State University provides students with a study and lounge area with a big screen TV, computing and printing resources, meeting room and a community gathering space. The purpose of the center is to give students a sense of belonging and a place to call home on campus.

Location: In front of Brown Hall, across from Grove Hall