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Summit on Diversity and Inclusion connects students to tools to have conversations

Summit on Diversity and Inclusion connects students to tools to have conversations

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

March 17, 2019


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New perspectives were shared among student leaders at the seventh annual Student Summit on Diversity and Inclusion on March 16 the Volstorff Ballroom and later the Student Union Market. The summit moved when the power went out on campus. Florencio Aranda III, the program adviser for Latino students...

Origin of immortal cells brought to light through campus viewing

Origin of immortal cells brought to light through campus viewing

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

March 13, 2019


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A young African American woman named Henrietta Lacks went to a hospital in August 1951 and died a few months later. Now, her immortal cells are used in laboratories all around the world, including one here at South Dakota State. The Black Student Alliance, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Femin...

Student campaign promotes diversity

Student campaign promotes diversity

Marissa Carff, Sponsored Content Manager

February 26, 2019


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Improving campus for all students should be a top priority for everyone, and Jacks Want You is a campaign to do so through promoting diversity and inclusion. In recent years SDSU's international student population has decreased drastically. SDSU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)...

Lessons of love learned through India Night 2019

Lessons of love learned through India Night 2019

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

February 25, 2019


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India Night 2019 taught students and community members about love through dance and food. The 29th Annual India Night had performances by students, local families and even Dakota State University student that brought to life the feelings associated with the bond of marriage, the theme for the night. ...

India Night to share authentic Indian culture and cusine

India Night to share authentic Indian culture and cusine

Marissa Carff, Sponsored Content Manager

February 20, 2019


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This story was sponsored by the Indian Student Association. Explore the culture of India without getting on an airplane. India Night hosted by the Indian Student Association gives attendees a glimpse into the beautiful culture and variety of India through a variety of performances and authentic Indi...

Speaker shares story of struggle and stereotypes

Speaker shares story of struggle and stereotypes

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

February 19, 2019


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Michael Taylor, the deputy states attorney for Brookings County, hasn't been to a Denny's since 1992. Taylor explained why in his presentation on struggles and stereotypes he faces as an African American lawyer and gave tips to aspiring law students on Feb. 19. Taylor has been practicing as an...

LGBTQ allies gather for night of ‘love and togetherness’

LGBTQ allies gather for night of ‘love and togetherness’

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

February 14, 2019


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This Valentine’s Day, members of the LGBTQ faculty group celebrated, as Kas Williams puts it, “love and togetherness” by talking about issues facing LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. Williams, the interim director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access joined members of 10...

Stepping into Black History Month with Step Show

Stepping into Black History Month with Step Show

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

February 4, 2019


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February is Black History Month, a time to honor African American people and culture. To welcome Black History Month, the Black Student Alliance held SDSU’s 16th annual Step Show. Step is an African-American style of dance. “It’s a way to showcase our culture through rhythmical stepping,” said BSA P...

Martin Luther King Jr. Week Celebrations Sparks Discussion

Martin Luther King Jr. Week Celebrations Sparks Discussion

Wren Murphy, Diversity Reporter

January 29, 2019


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A speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Week posed the question: would King have supported the Black Lives Matter movement. According to Chike Akua, an author and a professor of educational leadership at Clark Atlanta University, King would have. Akua gave a presentation called “Martin Luther ...

Diversity Academy returns for second year

Diversity Academy returns for second year

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

January 21, 2019


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The Diversity Academy aims to raise awareness of issues affecting South Dakota State students, faculty and staff in its second year of the program. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community attend sessions to receive a Certificate of Cultural Competency. Going to five or more sessions...

Office of Multicultural Affairs ready for new semester

Office of Multicultural Affairs ready for new semester

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

January 14, 2019


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The Multicultural Center kicked off the semester by inviting new students to a reception to meet people, have fun and learn about the SDSU’s diverse student population. Members and officers of the Black Student Alliance and Latin American Student Association were there to greet the new student...

Jack’s Cupboard sparks change on campus

Jack’s Cupboard sparks change on campus

Brianna Schreurs, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2019


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Put Kas Williams, Becky Jensen, Jennifer McLaughlin and Christina Kaberline in a room and it’s easy to understand why Jack’s Cupboard has taken off so quickly. Jack’s Cupboard is an on-campus pantry for students who are struggling to purchase food. It opened Nov. 19, 2018.  The idea sparked while Williams, interim direc...