Striving to uphold the excellence of our communities.
The Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) is here to serve the diversity and inclusiveness needs of the USD student body and in particular, support communities that have historically been marginalized. Our office utilizes a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that includes disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, race/ethnicity, nationality, veteran status and other social identities that are part of the campus community.
Our office offers a wide variety of services and programming to meet the needs of our students:
The University of South Dakota has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as part of their Inclusive Excellence Initiative to enhance the participation and retention of underrepresented minorities in the natural sciences.
The 20 high school students selected for the program participate in artistic workshops and intensive studio sessions guided by instructors as they learn about contemporary Native American fine arts.