Cultural Events

Diwali - Festival of Lights

Every year in November the India Club at South Dakota Mines puts on a special celebration for Diwali, the Festival of Lights.  Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India for those of the Hindu faith.  Here, the campus community as well as many in Rapid City come to the Diwali celebration for the music, food, dancing, exotic costumes and fireworks. Please see the campus calendar for actual dates and more information on the event. 
For more information on Diwali, please see the Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India 

The 2020 Diwali celebration will take place on Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 PM in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. 

Watch the 2019 Diwali.

Cultural Expo

International students from the South Dakota Mines and a variety of community groups celebrate their cultural diversity with food, entertainment and displays.  Learn more at the Cultural Expo webpage.

Cultural Etiquette Dinner

Increasingly science and engineering students go on to careers where they work in many places around the world, and on global teams with diverse membership.   The Cultural Etiquette dinner helps students understand the standards of behavior in business or social settings with people from other cultures.  What do you eat and drink? What is appropriate table conversation?  When do you give a gift, and what do you give?  These are just some of the issues addressed.  For more information, contact us at 

Native American Day at the Crazy Horse Memorial

Native American Day is celebrated in South Dakota on the second Monday in October every year. Observances for this day vary between states or even cities, but in many other areas this day is also known as Columbus Day. On this day, the Center for Inclusion invites you to participate in the annual Native American Day celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial. The Native American Day celebration at Crazy Horse includes an educational program for the public, Native American singers, dancers, artists and storytellers, hands-on activities for children, a blast on the mountain carving (weather permitting), and a free buffalo stew lunch for all visitors. For more information, contact the Center of Inclusion at

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, but is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures as well. This is a multi-day holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family who have died and help support them on their spiritual journey. As is the tradition with this holiday, the Center for Inclusion invites campus to visit the "ofrenda" or offering during the last week of October into the first couple of days in November. Come down to "light" a tea-light candle in memory of a departed loved one. You may also bring photocopied pictures of loved ones who have passed on. Other traditional things t offer are fruit, candy, flowers, or anything to represent what they enjoyed while living. For more information, contact the Center of Inclusion at

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883

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