President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness - With the support of the Office of the President, the Council seeks to ensure an academic environment that welcomes, recognizes, respects and celebrates the heritage of all campus constituents. The President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness advises the President on policies, programs, and initiatives related to diversity and inclusiveness. The members of the Council represent a multiplicity of groups and areas of the University.
USD Faculty and Staff of Color Association - The Faculty and Staff of Color Association (FSCA) is a group dedicated to building community among faculty and staff of color at the University of South Dakota. One of the objectives of FSCA is to support the Inclusive Excellence efforts of the university, in particular those initiatives that impact faculty and staff of color.
Provost’s Committee on African American Student Success is charged with the task of seeking strategies to support African American student’s educational, social and cultural experiences. Members of the committee represent a variety of units across campus including Athletics; Marketing, Enrollment and Student Services; the Union of African American Students; Office for Diversity; Academic and Career Planning; and Arts and Sciences.
Diversity Health Affairs Committee is comprised of faculty and students representing Sanford School of Medicine and the USD School of Health Sciences. The committee advises the VP Health Affairs and administration of the School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences on efforts to enhance healthcare and health care training for minority and disadvantaged groups within South Dakota, with a special emphasis directed toward Native Americans. In addition, this committee explores opportunities and programs to enhance diversity and cultural awareness of students, faculty and administration within the School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences.
School of Law Diversity Working Group is charged with the task of implementing inclusive excellence into all aspects of the School of Law with the objective of creating a diverse and inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty.
School of Business Inclusive Excellence Committee: The committee seeks to cultivate an environment of Inclusive Excellence at all levels of the school. We are committed to graduating globally and culturally aware business students who are equipped with the tools to embrace and practice inclusiveness. The committee also seeks to monitor the formal and informal environment of the Beacom School of Business to foster openness and respect for students and other constituents of varying backgrounds.
College of Fine Arts Inclusive Excellence Committee: Student representatives from each of the fine arts departments serve as the college committee charged to develop, promote and guide inclusive excellence projects for the College of Fine Arts. The committee focuses attention on the college strategic plan, which strives to diversify our fine arts guest artist offerings on campus and develop new projects that promote the fine arts through diversity of presentation and topic.
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Across the Curriculum Committee (CAS-DACC) is a six member standing College committee consisting of two representatives each from the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences Divisions. In addition to serving in an advisory role to the Dean regarding inclusive excellence within the College, the Committee oversees the Curriculum Transformation Grant and related activities that support increased opportunities for student learning and experiences with diversity. It also provides leadership and guidance for the review, planning, implementation, and outcome measurement of current and future College diversity initiatives.
The University Libraries’ Inclusive Excellence Committee endeavors to assist all library faculty and staff in providing library users with a safe teaching and learning environment where diversity, inclusiveness, and individual differences are recognized and respected.
The Civil Service Advisory Council shares valuable information that impacts our employees and recognizes the many accomplishments of the Civil Service population on campus. The CSAC is committed to ensuring Civil Service employees are a valued part of the USD staff.
School of Education Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee is dedicated to the valuing and practice of Inclusive Excellence throughout the School of Education.
School of Health Sciences' (SHS) Cultural Competency Committee: The purpose of the committee is to encourage cultural competency by promoting cultural awareness, knowledge, skill, encounter and desire among SHS faculty and students. In this context, culture is a broad term inclusive of groups with shared values, beliefs and attributes. The Committee members represent each of the School of Health Science disciplines and are responsible for promoting cultural awareness, events and activities within the SHS.