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USD School of Health Sciences Committee on Diversity, Inclusivity and Cultural Awareness is Recognized

VERMILLION, S.D. – The USD School of Health Sciences’ Committee on Diversity, Inclusivity and Cultural Awareness has been selected by the USD President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusiveness as a recipient of the 2017-18 Champion of Inclusive Excellence Award. The committee was formerly called the Cultural Competency Committee.

Achieving inclusive excellence is defined by the USD president’s council as those individuals and organizations on the USD campus that embrace diversity and embed equity and inclusion in policies, practices and processes.

The School of Health Sciences’ Committee on Diversity, Inclusivity and Cultural Awareness was recognized for its commitment to enriching the work of the health sciences school regarding inclusiveness in recruitment, course materials and school events.

The President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusiveness annually awards this recognition in conjunction with the university’s Office of Diversity.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News