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Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access (ODIEA) is to enrich the university community's understanding and appreciation of diversity, practice of inclusion, advancement of equity, and integration of access. ODIEA is committed to promoting diversity in every sector of SDSU and the Brookings community. ODIEA leads and facilitates the development of institutional policies and protocols intended to create a more representative, equitable, and inclusive university.

University Core Values

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access supports the university's core values that include:

  • People-Centered: We recognize leadership is derived from service to others. We are committed to creating a culture where all thrive and are supported on their own personal and professional paths toward lifelong learning, growth, and leadership.

  • Creativity: Creativity is our cornerstone to expand knowledge, develop human understanding, and enrich quality of life. We believe that education and research/scholarship/creative activity reinforce one another and the best academic programs bring innovative teaching and rigorous research together.

  • Integrity: We act with organizational and personal integrity, through honest interactions, professionalism, transparent and accountable decision-making, and respect for others.

  • Diversity: We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, inclusive, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration and we respect individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

  • Excellence: Excellence is achieved through continuous improvement, assessment, and accountability. We embrace bold action and adapt to an ever-changing environment. Individually, we are experts at what we do. Collectively, our impact is even greater.

Office Location

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access is located inside of Morrill Hall, room 124.

Outside of the building Morrill Hall
Morrill Hall, also known as the Administration Building.

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The Brookings Inclusive Collaborative

Brookings tackling diversity issues through focus groups gathering multiple points of view

A collaborative grant partnership taking a comprehensive look at workplace diversity and inclusion in the community of Brookings has launched the first of many focus groups aimed at gathering multiple viewpoints on the issues.

Winners announced for 2020 April Brooks Women of Distinction and Ally Awards

The 2020 April Brooks Women of Distinction and Ally Awards will be announced via the SDSU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Facebook page, beginning April 1.

Williams named Chief Diversity Officer

Kas Williams, current interim director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access, has been named the chief diversity officer at South Dakota State University. Williams’ announcement comes following a national search. She will officially begin her new role May 21.