Upcoming Events and Programs
Join us for the following 2019-20 events sponsored or supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
If you have any questions, email Willette Capers.
DACA information and resources
South Dakota Voices for Peace has set up a DACA Renewal hotline for DACA recipients who may be eligible for one last renewal. Visit South Dakota Voices for Peace to get connected. Please view resources with immigration lawyers and BIA accredited reps who are taking these cases.
The Diversity Advocate Certification program at Augustana University provides participants with the tools needed to become change agents through the demonstrated use of acquired knowledge, support, and awareness, aimed at creating an inclusive environment. The first Diversity Advocacy Graduation ceremony was Thursday, Dec. 5.
A Call to Action
In the past couple of weeks, we have seen a resurgence of attacks on Black bodies. We have seen the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is because of these tragic events; I wanted to share with you some advice and tips on what you can(should) do to support.
In these difficult times, be brave, and reach out to people of color in your network and circle of trust. Let them know you are thinking of them and provide support. Remember to listen to understand, not to respond. Leave your ego and defensiveness at the door. Take the time, and truly listen.
Educate yourself. It is important to know that it is your responsibility to educate yourself, no one else. Here is a link with resources for allies and accomplices to aide in your anti-racism work.
Be sure to remember, when you hear and see folks declaring that “Black Lives Matter,” don’t respond that “All Lives Matter.” In theory, yes, all lives matter; however, right now, we are concerned with the lives of Black folks who are suffering tragic deaths due to social injustices, anti-blackness, and systemic disregard of their lives. Therefore, Black Lives Matter.
If you need additional support, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or our campus partners listed below.
Counseling Services — 605.334.2696
Dean of Students Office — 605.274.4124
Peace, love, and kindness be with you all.