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One of the hallmarks of a flagship liberal arts university is its commitment to championing diversity, equity and inclusion. In a global society, we must respond to changing demographics and emerging trends with inclusive engagement. The rich and vibrant diversity of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners is an asset to the University of South Dakota.

USD is committed to a systematic, strategic and comprehensive approach called Inclusive Excellence which acts as a conceptual framework. We strive to make excellence inclusive through:

  • Embedding diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all facets of the university;
  • Valuing and respecting the rich diversity of backgrounds, identities, thoughts and expressions individuals bring to our campus; and
  • Taking a leadership role in the state, region and beyond to advance diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

We will continue to work collaboratively across campus to advance Inclusive Excellence. I believe our collective efforts will build upon USD's core principles in which all are valued, welcomed and respected.

Thank you,

Sheila Gestring
The University of South Dakota