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Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access

Land Acknowledgment 

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is located on the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), an alliance that consisted of the Santee, Yankton, and Teton Lakota. They are commonly known as the Sioux by non-native people. The seven tribes now occupy nine different reservations in South Dakota. The nine reservations are: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

As part of our university's effort to enact inclusive practices, this acknowledgment serves as a reminder that before this site was called SDSU, it was called home to Native Nations indigenous to this location. Visit the American Indian Resource Page to learn about initiatives and opportunities at SDSU. 

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. 

Upcoming Events 

First Friday Brunch

On behalf of the office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access, it is our pleasure to invite you to our First Friday Brunch. This brunch presents an opportunity for the campus community to:

  • Have Brunch! Breaking bread helps to build community.  To break bread is to affirm trust, confidence, and comfort with an individual or group of people. This brunch is an open and informal way to meet our diverse community.
  • Share the Good News! Find out the wonderful things happening around Diversity & Inclusion at SDSU and the Brookings Community.
  • Network! The brunch will also provide a strong support system for individuals working to embrace Diversity as a core value at SDSU.

Location: Morrill Hall, SAD 104

Date & Time: Friday, November 2nd from 10:30am - 12:00pm (come & go at your leisure)