Inclusion & Diversity

South Dakota Mines Inclusion Statement:

South Dakota Mines 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.

South Dakota Mines is dedicated to promoting a safe and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. South Dakota Mines is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and follows all SDBOR policies. Below are links to policies relevant to those interested in inclusion and diversity.

Harassment including Sexual Harassment 1:17

Equal Opportunity, Non-discrimination, Affirmative Action 1:19

Research Related to Inclusion

Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers:

Expanding underrepresented minority participation: America’s science and technology talent at the crossroads:

The Mix that Matters – Innovation Through Diversity:

Inclusion Committee


The purpose of the Inclusion Committee is to recommend and implement programs that would encourage and enhance an inclusive culture at South Dakota Mines. The committee will promote intercultural competence on campus and serve as advisors for other diversity-related goals and initiatives.



  • Co-Chair: Jesse Herrera
  • Co-Chair: Kelsey O'Neill

Faculty Member

  • Dr. Laura Kremmel (2021)
  • Dr. Matthew Bumbach (2021)
  • Dr. Micah Lande (2023)
  • Dr. Erica Haugtvedt (2023)

Staff Member

  • Beth Riley (2021)
  • Johnica Morrow (2021)
  • Amanda Lopez (2023)
  • Emily Berry (2023)

Campus Affiliated Member

  • Rick Demarest (2023)

Student Members

  • TBD (2021)


Committee members will serve three-year terms, with five rotating on even years and four rotating on odd years. Student members will rotate annually. Co-chairs will remain on the committee indefinitely. Members may serve consecutive terms.