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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. 

Spring 2019 Diversity Academy


Understanding Diversity 

The first session of the Diversity Academy will focus on understanding the complexity of identities, and how power and privilege impact different identities in different spaces. 

Presenter: Kas Williams, Interim Director - Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access 

Date & Time: January 25, 10:30 am

Location: Morrill Hall 104


Our Differences Shouldn't Divide Us

This session will be a thought-provoking interactive presentation/discussion about the importance of understanding diversity, and how to succeed daily and consistently within a framework of diversity.

Presenter: Stan Pearson, Diversity Consultant 

Date & Time: February 8, 10:30 am

Location: Morrill Hall 104

The American Indian Student Experience in Higher Education

We will discuss the importance of academic achievement and success for American Indian students in higher education.

Presenter: Dr. Donna Brown, Chief Diversity Officer - Minnesota State University Moorhead

Date & Time: February 15, 10:30 am

Location: Morrill Hall 104

Supporting Underrepresented Faculty & Staff at SDSU

This session will be a roundtable solution-focused discussion on creating more inclusive and equitable spaces for underrepresented faculty & staff.

Presenters: Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Date & Time: February 22, 10:30 am

Location: Morrill Hall 104