An inclusive campus requires the University's sincere willingness to include all its diverse stakeholders in the decision-making process. No individual or group can be marginalized or systematically excluded. The purpose of the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness is to advise the President on diversity issues and promote diversity and inclusiveness as a strength, a core element in academic excellence, and a reflection of a caring community.

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 will advise the President on:

  • Policies and programs that increase diversity and create inclusiveness campus-wide.
  • Existing efforts and initiatives that contribute to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Campus climate for diversity and inclusiveness.

Beth Boyd, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Director, Psychological Service Center
Department of Psychology
605-677-5353
Beth.Boyd@usd.edu

Gerald Yutrzenka, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Director, Diversity Affairs
SSOM, Div. Basic Bio-Medical Sciences
605-677-5156
Gerald.Yutrzenka@usd.edu

Champions of Inclusive Excellence

The President's Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness selects two individuals annually who are embedding diversity and inclusiveness into the university.