The Collegian

27th annual Wacipi to celebrate Native American culture, unity

27th annual Wacipi to celebrate Native American culture, unity

Ian Lack

February 28, 2018


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The 27th annual South Dakota State University Wacipi will unite Native American people from across the state and around the campus community for celebration and thanksgiving. Hosted by the American Indian Student Association, the event will be held March 24 in the Volstorff Ballroom of The Student...

Multicultural Center move hinges on BoR approval

Multicultural Center move hinges on BoR approval

Garrett Ammesmaki

January 17, 2018


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South Dakota State will continue with plans to renovate The Student Union. The initial focus will be on the $1.3 million move of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Moving the OMA from its current space in the lower level to the second floor is phase one of a possible three phase renovation to The...

‘Diversity academy’ to give in-depth look at inequality

‘Diversity academy’ to give in-depth look at inequality

Garrett Ammesmaki

November 29, 2017


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South Dakota State will have its first ever “diversity academy”this spring, a workshop with 16 courses focused on systemic racism and inequality, the tools to understand it and ultimately combat it. “This first go-around in the spring will really be a pilot for a full-scale launch in the fall...

SA discusses Diversity Academy and other inclusion programs

SA discusses Diversity Academy and other inclusion programs

Sydney Sleep

November 15, 2017


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At Monday night’s Students’ Association meeting, Nathan Ziegler, director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, presented during open forum about the work his office is doing to meet the needs of all people on campus. “As an institution, it is our duty to train students how to engage with ot...

SDSU behind in ADA compliance, accessibility

SDSU behind in ADA compliance, accessibility

Garrett Ammesmaki

November 15, 2017


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It takes a bit of planning for South Dakota State counseling graduate student Kanbi Knippling to go about her day. She was born with spina bifida, a degenerative disorder, and has been in a wheelchair since she was 13 years old. During Knippling’s time as an undergraduate in psychology and human ...

SA passes ordinance supporting diversity

SA passes ordinance supporting diversity

Sydney Sleep

November 8, 2017


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Students’ Association passed an ordinance showing support for diversity at South Dakota State at its Monday meeting. Ordinance 17-01-O ensures SA will commit to making a safe and welcoming campus “for the rich array of diversity that exists on campus.” This will be enforced by senators activel...

Dialogues must be replaced with direct action against racist behavior

Dialogues must be replaced  with direct action against racist behavior

Editorial Board

November 1, 2017


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Last week, the Collegian Editorial Board wrote about cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes and, like clockwork, a former South Dakota State student donned blackface for a costume. He apologized afterward, but the student and his actions are not the main issue. The issue is a systemic lack of mandat...

Common Read as a common need: students give perspectives

Common Read as a common need: students give perspectives

Jonathan Neswick

November 1, 2017


Filed under Lifestyles

Every freshman at South Dakota State University has the opportunity to engage in the Common Read in their first-year seminar class. This opportunity allows freshmen and community members to partake in conversation about a current topic in today’s society. Since the introduction of the Common Read pr...

Program opens discussion to better understand SDSU, community diversity

Program opens discussion to better understand SDSU, community diversity

Laura Butterbrodt

November 1, 2017


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The Difference is Dialogue program is an effort by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access to initiate conversations about personal differences and change the community culture to include more diverse populations. Nathan Ziegler, director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access, sa...

‘This happens every year:’ blackface costume draws controversy at SDSU

‘This happens every year:’ blackface costume draws controversy at SDSU

Garrett Ammesmaki

November 1, 2017


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The most vocal in the room spoke quickly. “I don’t think, as a minority, I should have to tell you that what you do offends me,” said Amanda John, president of the Black Student Alliance. “I think that my university, as an institution that claims to support me, should be able to do that for m...

$4 million donation to create new Native American center

$4 million donation to create new Native American center

Ian Lack

October 18, 2017


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South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn announced a $4.1 million plan to support the Wokini Initiative, a program focused on increasing and supporting Native American enrollment at the university in a ceremony Oct. 5. Two anonymous donors contributed $4 million for the creation of a new Americ...

‘Offensive’ sign triggers Title IX investigation

‘Offensive’ sign triggers Title IX investigation

Garrett Ammesmaki

September 20, 2017


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“Your daughters are in good hands,” the sign read. And underneath it, the drawing of a hand making the sexually suggestive “shocker” symbol. In front of it, seven men drinking beer. “It’s going to be one hell of a year!” senior economics major Thomas Swanson commented underneath it. The sign...