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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. 

First Friday Brunch

On behalf of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access, it is our pleasure to invite you to our March First Friday Brunch. This month we will be highlighting the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and Jacks’ Cupboard. The brunch provides a great opportunity for the campus community to:

  • Have Brunch! Breaking bread builds & affirms trust within our SDSU community.
  • Share the Good News! Find out the wonderful things happening around Diversity & Inclusion at SDSU.
  • Network! The brunch will also provide a strong support system for individuals working to celebrate Diversity at SDSU.

Date & Time: March 1, 10:30am - 12:00pm (come & go at your leisure)

Location: Morrill Hall 124


Spring 2019 Diversity Academy

Supporting LGBTQIA Students, Faculty & Staff at SDSU

This session will provide an overview of what it means to be an advocate for the LGBTQIA community as SDSU.

Presenters: ERG Affinity Group

Date & Time: March 15, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Morrill Hall 104