Events, Programs & Initiatives

First Friday Brunch

This program runs year long from September to May. Unfortunately there will be no First Friday Brunch for fall semester. 

On the first Friday of every month, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access hosts a brunch to highlight efforts, initiatives, and programs related to diversity, belonging, identity and equity happening throughout the university. Each First Friday Brunch has one to two speakers sharing what their department or organization is doing to foster diversity, inclusion, equity and engagement across SDSU and all students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend. The Brunches also provide a great opportunity to build a strong campus community and network with individuals from all sectors of the university to build strong and supportive relationships.

Difference is Dialogue Series

This program takes place in fall semester only each year.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access established the Difference is Dialogue series to engage the SDSU community in meaningful, constructive and critical small-group discussions on topics related to identity, diversity, belonging, social equity and justice. The Difference is Dialogue program is carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community and social justice.

Each dialogue will focus on the intersectionality of identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, status or national origin. The program is designed to promote positive inter-group relations among students, staff, faculty and community members and improve the campus climate at SDSU. The Dialogues are a five-week long program consisting of a Kick-off event, three small group sessions, and a final large group wrap up event in November.

Dialogue Series Sign-up Options: or email: Kas Williams or Irakoze Naftari.

Dates and Times:

10/16/2020 10 a.m.

10/30/2020 10 a.m. 

11/06/2020 10 a.m. Final wrap up large group meeting (which will be over zoom or in a COVID-19 approved venue). 

The Diversity Academy

This program takes place each year during spring semester.

The mission of the Diversity Academy is to enrich the university and community’s understanding and practice of diversity, inclusion, equity and access.

The Diversity Academy is a comprehensive training program created to develop intercultural cultural competency and knowledge, create more inclusive practices, advance equity and provide a more accessible design at South Dakota State University.

All sessions of the Diversity Academy take place on Fridays in Morrill Hall, Room 104, from 10:30 a.m. - noon. 

SDSU is a public university with a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and administrators. From time to time, members of the university community may host events or invite speakers to campus who hold and espouse views contrary to our institutional values. We cannot intrude upon the constitutionally protected right of individual members of the University community to hold or sponsor those who hold different views. While we may disagree with one another’s convictions, higher education is a community of scholars who work within the marketplace of ideas; as such, we must respect the rights of individuals to express their views. The creation of public forums for expression of such ideas, which many in our community find objectionable, is not an endorsement of those ideas.