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In the USD Strategic Plan, Diversity was identified as a key strategic theme and area for opportunity for the University of South Dakota.

Strategic Theme: Diversity

Continue to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Goal 1: Develop and refine new core competencies for diversity

  1. Big Steps
    1. Review and revise diversity statements for the University and all units on campus
      1. Define core competencies for diversity, recognizing these will vary across discipline/units.
      2. Review inclusive excellence statements for core competencies and consistency
    2. Review current training efforts, pursue continuous improvement, and extend trainings as needed
    3. Develop, publish and make progress on a strategic plan for diversity

Goal 2: Recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff

  1. Big Steps
    1. Review baseline on diverse faculty and staff at all administrative levels
    2. Explore tools to measure job satisfaction and engagement
    3. Analyze faculty and staff turnover
    4. Administrator evaluations
      1. Continue to improve efforts for evaluations of administrators
      2. Develop a common diversity expectation for university leadership performance evaluations
    5. Create a comprehensive plan for recruitment of diverse faculty
      1. Develop a plan for placing and supporting students into PhD programs so they can be recruited back to campus
      2. Create dissertation fellowships in targeted areas for students from other programs to come to USD