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Center For Inclusion

Preparing South Dakota Mines students for success in the global community through the promotion and support of cultural diversity.

Center for Inclusion Mission Statement

The Center for Inclusion cultivates an inclusive campus climate that supports underrepresented populations, fosters respect for those with diverse backgrounds, and promotes cultural proficiency among faculty, staff and students.

South Dakota Mines Inclusion Statement

South Dakota Mines & Technology is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning environment where faculty, staff, and students can grow and succeed. We value the diversity of unique backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and talents within our community. It is our goal to promote a culture of respect, honor, understanding, integrity, and collaboration. It is through this diversity and inclusion that we find our strength. More Info on Inclusion & Diversity at South Dakota Mines

Value Diversity: Dispelling Myths About Student Orgs of Color
Unmasking Inequality: A Self-Guided Workshop on Educational Success for STEM Educators:

We are here to help students from underrepresented populations thrive at the South Dakota Mines while preserving cultural distinctiveness through the following services provided:  

  • Pre-Orientation Program
  • Book loan library
  • Professional and corporate presentations in STEM
  • Cultural speakers
  • Student support lunches
  • Tutoring and peer mentoring
  • Identifying scholarship opportunities
  • Assistance with internships and co-ops
  • Cultural competency trainings
  • Honoring Ceremony for American Indian graduates
  • Diversity education materials
  • Assessments: Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) & Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i 2.0)

Contact Information:


Jesse Herrera, M.Ed.
Director of Inclusion

Center for Inclusion

Hello, my name is Jesse Herrera and I serve as Director of Inclusion. I am excited to be a part of a community that genuinely cares about the success of students. Together with staff, I look forward to bringing informational, useful, and hopefully, inspiring programs to campus. Whether you are a student of color or not, the Center offers a wealth of resources as well as an experienced staff. We are located in the lower level of Surbeck, please stop by!

Phone: (605) 394-1828

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