The Office for Diversity works to promote and advance Inclusive Excellence, the practice of embedding diversity and inclusiveness throughout all sectors of the University of South Dakota. Our work is guided by the University’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement and the principles of Inclusive Excellence. We adhere to a broad and comprehensive definition of diversity including gender identity, gender expression, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran’s status, first-generation status, nationality, citizenship, age and other identity dimensions that are integral to the USD community.

Our mantra is: "The relentless pursuit of excellence through diversity."


In order to advance and support the University of South Dakota’s pursuit of inclusive excellence via a commitment to a systematic, intentional, comprehensive, and holistic approach to diversity and inclusiveness, the Office for Diversity maintains the following goals:

  1. Assisting units, schools, offices, and departments in expanding talent by increasing the diversity of students, staff, and faculty.
  2. Collaborating with the campus community in fostering and maintaining a positive and vibrant campus climate for inclusiveness.
  3. Working with units, schools, offices, and departments in embedding diversity and inclusiveness throughout the University.
  4. Insuring that all sectors of USD including individuals, groups, and communities are engaged in diversity and inclusiveness.