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Black Hills State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1200 University St.
Spearfish, South Dakota 57799
(605) 642-6131
Email address
School Information
"Black Hills State University is a regional, comprehensive, public institution that provides access to a higher education for aspiring students. BHSU offers a generous number of baccalaureate and select master’s degrees, generates new knowledge, promotes excellence in teaching and public engagement, and serves as a regional economic leader. Graduates make significant contributions to the workforce and the betterment of their community" (Source: BHSU was founded in 1883. Today, the university has an enrollment of over 3,500 students, offering "53 bachelor's, 5 associate's, 8 master's degree programs, 24 undergraduate certificates, and 2 graduate certificates." Its student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1.
General Information
BHSU has engaged in a few actions towards DEI goals. BHSU has stated that diversity courses have been integrated into the overall curriculum, including general education requirements. BHSU will conduct anti-bias training in the future. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In discussing a hypothetical future scenario, BHSU stated, "Since the university began offering regular anti-bias trainings, literacy and sensitivity around race issues has grown in the campus community."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Diversity courses are a general education requirement, and diversity is infused throughout the curriculum.
Program and Research Funding
  • On April 20, 2017, BHSU named a mathematics professor an "Equity Fellow." As a result, a $25,000 award was given over 5 years.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • On June 18th, 2020, BHSU announced that its staff "spoke with SDPB about anti-racism."
  • In September 2020, the university announced it would be hosting the 5-week "makeSPACE" workshop for parents and educators to learn to incorporate anti-racist and anti-bias practices.
  • In June 2020, SDBP Radio hosted a talk on microaggressions and "what it means to be actively anti-racist?"
Symbolic Actions
  • BHSU has a University Multicultural Committee as part of its goal to "foster inclusiveness and multicultural experiences for all."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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