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University of South Dakota

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069
Phone
(605) 658-6200
Email address
admissions@usd.edu
School Information
"We're USD - the state's flagship university: The big-time university with a small-college feel. We're memorable mentors and lifelong friends. We're world-class academics and out-of-class opportunities. We're innovative technology and long-standing tradition. We're your university. We Are South Dakota." The university enrolls over 9,900 students, has a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and offers 202 undergraduate programs and 78 graduate programs. (Source: https://www.usd.edu/about-usd) (Source: https://www.usd.edu/about-usd/usd-at-a-glance)
General Information
Though the university has not yet implemented a campus-wide mandatory anti-racism program, it's official podcast, "Credit Hour", has created a new series called "Voices Amplified", where multiple episodes discuss the prevalence of "systemic racism" and "implicit bias". No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Resources
  • One episode of the podcast, titled "Exploring the History of Social Justice", featured the director of the Center for Diversity and Community, who said, "[Racism is] built into the laws, and policies and practices of our institutions. And often these laws and policies are racially neutral–so we make look at it, we may read the policy, we may be aware of it–but we don’t take into account how it is disproportionally impacting minority communities.”
  • Another episode of the university's podcast discussed "critical social justice theory...and implicit bias."
  • "The University of South Dakota’s podcast, Credit Hour, interviewed an assistant professor in the USD School of Education, Dyanis Popova, Ph.D., as part of its ongoing series, “Voices Amplified,” exploring issues involving race such as critical social justice theory, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and implicit bias."
Symbolic Actions
  • University president stated, "We strive to make excellence inclusive through... Embedding diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all facets of the university..."
  • Following the executive order signed by the Governor banning federal grants tied to critical race theory, the Board of Regents launched the new “Opportunity for All” plan in August 2021 to broaden campus objectives to not solely be focused on racial and diversity issues.
  • Following the Janurary 1, 2022 deadline for all South Dakota state universities to create “Opportunity Centers,” the University of South Dakota “removed all of the decorations and signage from its existing Center for Diversity and Community. The space has been renamed to the Office of Multicultural Affairs and converted to a general gathering area with offices that any student organization can sign up to use. An office space across the hall will act as the physical location for the Opportunity Center.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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