Dispatches from the CDC: A place of comfort and understanding

This is the eighth installment of a series recording the experiences of students and faculty involved with the Center for Diversity and Community (CDC). The series seeks to highlight why this organization was so impactful on the USD community and why the CDC was more than the sum of its parts. “It was a place […]

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The future of the CDC and Opportunity Center

On Jan. 1, 2022, the new Opportunity Center will be implemented on USD’s campus. Along with the change, the Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) will be reimagined. The space will have a Multicultural Affairs office and will be open for all student organizations. Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students Kim Grieve […]

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The CDC: leaving an impact on diversity at USD

The Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) was created back in November 2014 shortly after Lamont Sellers, the current director of intercultural student affairs at Appalachian State University, was hired at USD as the inaugural director of the CDC. Sellers, Dean of Students Kim Grieve and others worked on a proposal that called for an intergroup space. Sellers said the space wouldn’t be dedicated […]

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SGA hears student concerns about CDC, requests formal plans for the Opportunity Center

The Student Government Association (SGA) heard concerns from students involved in Spectrum about the Opportunity Center at Tuesday’s meeting. SGA also passed Senate Bill 68, Senate Resolution Eight and Senate Resolution 11 as an emergency resolution. SGA introduced Senate Resolutions 10 and tabled Senate Resolution Nine. Isabel Young, the president of Spectrum, expressed concerns about […]

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SB 55 Task Force meets, gets questioned on Opportunity Center initiative

The South Dakota Board of Regents’ (SDBOR) Senate Bill 55 (SB 55) Task Force came to USD Oct. 14 to present the BOR’s strategies for addressing the bill’s charges to students and faculty.  SB 55 is “An Act to require the Board of Regents to assemble a task force to study the operations and functions […]

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USD students, faculty voice CDC concerns at “Opportunity for All” listening session

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Volante’s Verve Editor Bennett Clary and Managing Editor Miles Amende contributed to this story. The USD committee working on the South Dakota Board of Regents’ (SDBOR) “Opportunity for All” action plan held a listening session Sept. 28 to report on the committee’s progress and receive feedback from USD students and faculty. The […]

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Campus Activity Board lights up Welcome Week

USD Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted a Glow Party for welcome week on Aug. 27. Senior marketing and management major and CAB President Kate Solberg said the Glow Party was originally supposed to take place on the outside lawn between Old Main and Slagle Hall, but due to rain it was moved to the Muenster […]

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ASA hosts celebration of African cultures at USD

The African Student Association (ASAA) hosted the annual African Night celebration Sunday in the Muenster University Center (MUC) Ballroom. The event included a fashion show featuring traditional clothes from different African countries, two dance performances from the East African dance team and Afrobeat dance team, a short skit, poetry, singing, traditional African food, a Parade […]

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Eats with Ashley brings African food to Vermillion

Beginning in January, a USD student used her personal cultural knowledge to bring diverse eating options to the Vermillion community once a week. Junior exercise science major Ashley Charlie started Eats with Ashley when she noticed that there was a lack of cultural foods in Vermillion.  When Charlie came to USD, she made connections within […]

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The Center for Diversity and Community Plan for Change

The Center for Diversity and Community is hosting “Talking Change Making Change,” a critical dialogue and action program themed around cultural connections and building allyship that will run Feb. 22 to April 1 in the Muenster University Center (MUC) ballroom. The program’s goal is to educate participants that dialogue is ineffective without corresponding action if […]

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