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Third annual Tiospaye Diversity Symposium is Thursday at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is hosting a symposium on diversity, “We Are the Voices of the Silenced” with special guest Andi Zeisler of Bitch Magazine on Thursday, March 27 at the Muenster University Center.

Zeisler, a writer, editor and cultural critic, co-founded Bitch Media and her writing on feminism, popular culture, and media has appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. Her keynote address, “Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice,” is at 11 a.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

Additional activities for Thursday’s symposium include five workshops from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on topics such as “Exploring Diversity and Inclusiveness at USD;” “What Does It Mean to Be Transgendered;” “Dangerous Dates and Relationship Deal Breakers;” and “Voices of Pain and Healing.”

Founded by Tiospaye: Native American Student Council, the diversity symposium is open to the community and is sponsored by Spectrum: Gender and Sexuality Alliance; Tiospaye; Union of African American Students; Asian American Student Association; Latino Student Association; Association for the Advancement of Women’s Rights; Women and Gender Studies; University Art Galleries; Native American Cultural Center; Outlaws; President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness; Office for Diversity; Disability Services; Rights and Responsibilities; Students for Inclusive Excellence; Student Veteran Resource Center; Academic and Career Planning Center; Sustainability Program; Center for Academic & Global Engagement; Office of Financial Aid; University Police Department; Center for Teaching and Learning; Student Athlete Success Center and the School of Law.

For more information, please contact the USD Office for Diversity at (605) 677-3924.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News