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Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access

Tribal 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

CommUNITY Meeting

Come learn about the current immigration uproar, its imacpt on the Latinx community in the U.S., and how students & educators can support these individuals!

Location: Dakota Room, SSU

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20th @ 12:00 pm

All Things International: An SDSU Adventure in Vietnam

Presented by Bob & Karen Thater, explore the world through the eyes of SDSU's international community!

Location: Jack's Place, SSU

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20th @ 4:00 pm

Movie Series: "Desierto"

Experience the treacherous voyage a group of Mexican migrants sought searching for a better life by crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Location: The Market, SSU

Date & Time: Friday, September 21st @ 7:00 pm

#RapeCultureIsWhen Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature Speaks to Our Me Too Moment 

The sheer number of tweets generated by the #RapeCultureIsWhen and #MeToo movements demonstrates the need to thoroughly analyze and discuss how our social institutions and cultural practices normalize sexual violence in all its forms. An analysis of seventeenth-century novels by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes can facilitate these conversations, challenging readers to examine their own beliefs about rape culture, sexual violence, and inequality. Sponsored by the CAHSS Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture.

Location: Volstroff Ballroom, SSU

Date & Time: Thursday, September 25th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All Things International: Meet the Architects Behind Study Abroad Programming

Presented by Lesley Reser, explore the world through the eyes of SDSU's international community!

Location: Jack's Place, SSU

Date & Time: Thursday, September 27th @ 4:00 pm

Latino Spoken Word: Carlos Andres Gomez

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center & Latin American Student Association, SDSU students, faculty, & staff will enjoy a night of poetic fun featuring this talented Latino award-winning poet, speaker, actor, & author!

Location: Jack's Place, SSU

Date & Time: Friday, September 28th @ 7:00 pm

Liebres Leyentes: LASA Read-Aloud

Are you an avid reader? Or are you a fan of children's literature? Join the Latin American Student Association to read bilingual children's books to our future Jackrabbits!

Location: Boys & Girls' Club

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 3rd @ 4:00 pm

All Things International: Taste of India

Sponsored by the Indian Student Association, explore the world through the eyes of SDSU's international community!

Location: Jack's Place, SSU

Date & Time: Thursday, October 4th @ 4:00 pm

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, October 5th from 10:30am - 12:00pm (come & go at your leisure)