Center for Diversity & Community

Striving to uphold the excellence of our communities.

Striving for Excellence

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,Center for Diversity & Community Mosaic logo gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, race/ethnicity, nationality, veteran status and other social identities that are part of the campus community.

Services & Programming

Our office offers a wide variety of services and programming to meet the needs of our students:

  • Cultural, social and retention support programming
  • Student leadership engagement, development and training
  • Advisement and support for student organizations
  • Celebration, education and recruitment activities to support diversity
  • Educational opportunities to enrich and support the USD academic mission
Name Department & Office Contact
Laura Chandler
  • CDC Director
Muenster University Center 204A
James Cooper
  • CDC Intercultural Prog Coord
Muenster University Center 219C


  • Diwali takes place Nov. 6 at USD

    The University of South Dakota Asian American Student Association (AASA) in collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) will host the annual Diwali Celebration Nov. 6 from 6:15-9 p.m. at the Muenster University Center.

  • Native American Heritage Month at USD

    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the University of South Dakota Native Student Services (NSS) presents several events, speakers and films throughout November to pay tribute to the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

  • What a way to end our fall session of Expressions of Identity! Michael Grewe, MSW, LISW visited us from Augsburg University in Minneapolis to share his experience and expertise serving LGBTQIA+ communities and conducted ally training. It was thought provoking, challenging, a...