Dear USD Students,
It is my pleasure to send a warm welcome to you for the 2020-2021 year. The beginning of a new academic year is an exciting time in higher education and this is a great time to be a Coyote. Please know that Student Services is here to serve you. The mission for Student Services is to support the university mission by promoting student engagement to develop skills through educational and social opportunities to contribute within a diverse global society. Our vision is to empower students by promoting dynamic experiences that foster excellence and assist students in reaching their goals, while developing a sense of purpose, tradition and community at USD where all persons are engaged, valued and respected. Student Services is committed to furthering the institutional values of diversity and inclusiveness by welcoming and supporting all individuals and identities. We serve students in accordance with our deeply held conviction to model, teach and practice social justice.
I invite and encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you both in and out of the classroom and build as many diverse relationships as possible. Set high standards for yourself, make good choices and take time to reflect on your experiences. At USD you will find a community that is student centered and focused on student success. As the VP/Dean of Students, I am here to promote an inclusive environment that is responsive to all students and be your advocate, so please do not hesitate to contact me at DeanofStudents@usd.edu.
Take some time to review the student handbook which provides valuable information regarding safety, activities you can become engaged in and services provided. Also, feel free to take a moment to view the Student Services organizational chart as it may help you understand the hierarchy of our staff.
Best wishes for a great academic year. Go Yotes!
Kim Grieve, Ph.D
VP/Dean of Student Services