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Dakota State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
820 Washington Ave N
Madison, South Dakota 57042
(605) 256-5111
Email address
School Information
"In 1881, Dakota State University was founded as a school for teacher education, in the Dakota Territory. Though we have since shifted our primary focus of education to the cyber world, Dakota State remains one of the few universities in the nation, who provides students with the technology needed to excel in any career. "Dakota State University is located in the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin, an alliance made up of the Isanti, Ihanktunwan, and Titunwan. Today, these peoples are represented by the nine federally recognized tribes of South Dakota: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe. "As a united front, our Trojans remain on an upward trajectory into the future. We’re growing at a fast pace, expanding our campus, and immersing ourselves in the most advanced and innovative technologies. We want you to rise with us." The university enrolls over 3,300 students, offers 29 undergraduate majors, and has a 19:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: (Source: (Source:,with%20fewer%20than%2020%20students.)
General Information
The university's president charged the university's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to create an institutional plan earlier in 2020, although details of the plan are not yet known. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

  • The university president charged the "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee" to develop an "institutional plan" earlier in 2020.
  • The University’s Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) plans on accomplishing its mission of a systemic approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion “through coordinating campus activities based upon participant education surrounding important EDI concepts and perspectives.”
  • DSU's Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is "committed to a systematic, intentional, comprehensive, and holistic approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion."
  • The Sociology Minor at DSU is described as follows: "Study human behavior and broaden your understanding of social relationships by minoring in sociology. Learn about social problems like racism, sexism, and drug addiction, and the major social institutions of society such as politics, religion, and education."
Symbolic Actions
  • As part of its "True Trojan" program, the university offers an "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award" to "an employee dedicated to dedicated to and engaged in providing equity, diversity, and inclusion at DSU and in the community."
  • On June 8, 2020, DSU's President issued a statement on racism which reads in part, "The unnecessary and untimely deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arberry have shone a spotlight on racial inequality and injustice in the U.S."
Last updated October 5th, 2023
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