Center For Inclusion

Preparing School of 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.

SD Mines Inclusion Statement

South Dakota School of 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 SD 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 School of Mines while preserving cultural distinctiveness through the following activities:  

  • Welcome and orientation for minority students
  • Guidance, advocacy, and problem-solving help
  • Friday student lunches for networking and social support
  • Facilitate study groups
  • Connect to tutors through Tech Learning Center, AISES, NSBE, SASE, and SHPE, as well as other sources
  • Identify and apply for scholarships
  • Locate internships and co-ops through the Career and Professional Development Center and other resources
  • Promote appreciation on campus for diverse cultures
  • Exposure to diversity efforts of the corporate world
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Honoring Ceremony for American Indian graduates

Contact Information:


Jesse Herrera, M.Ed.
Director, Center for Inclusion

Hello, my name is Jesse Herrera and I serve as Director of the Center for 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