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Diversity

You belong here

We’re better together. The Dakota State community is at its best when everyone feels included. We’re committed to creating a place where people value and respect each other’s differences. As a student, you’re encouraged to explore cultures other than your own, challenge your assumptions, and open your heart to the experiences of others. As we learn about each other, we discover what it means to be a true global citizen. 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Mission statement

The mission of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion at Dakota State University is to promote and provide an academically enriching and supportive climate that allows students, faculty, staff, and the community to thrive and succeed.

The Office for Diversity & Inclusion seeks to collaborate through strategic planning and programmatic development to empower all members to create a comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity and inclusivity, access, and equity.

To uphold its mission, Dakota State is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community. Every student, faculty, and staff member, -whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran, ability status, or other identifiable statuses —has the right to inclusion, respect, and voice in the DSU community. Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.

Vision statement

Dakota State University aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas — an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. The Office for Diversity & Inclusion charges the members of our campus and community to uphold these values.