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Release Date Tuesday, June 9, 2020

South Dakota Mines Statement on Racism and the Value of Inclusion

South Dakota Mines does not condone racism, violence, social injustice, rioting, or looting. We support the rights of free speech and peaceful and lawful protest.

Words cannot describe the anger, pain, and confusion we feel here at South Dakota Mines over the tragic death of George Floyd. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and communities of George Floyd and others who have suffered and died as the result of racism and brutality.

Campus leaders want South Dakota Mines students, faculty, and staff to know that we hear you and we support you as you strive for racial and social justice. We want everyone at South Dakota Mines to feel safe and supported by our community. Racism, violence, and injustice are not tolerated and have no place on our campus or in our community. Our university seeks to serve as a model for equity and inclusion. We stand with our students, faculty, and staff from any background and identity. We work to provide an academic experience that embraces and learns from each other’s differences as a pathway to make life better for all.

There are several campus resources available to understand recent events and to talk about ways this unrest is impacting them. The Center for Inclusion, our counseling staff, the Ivanhoe International Center, ISI House, the Dean of Students, and the President are here to help.

As a campus of scientists and engineers, we can use our knowledge and skills to positively impact our increasingly diverse communities. We excel at solving problems and developing new solutions. We believe in the power of a STEM education to change lives and make the world a better place. Our campus inclusion statement is posted in buildings throughout campus as a reminder of who we are. The word inclusion is listed in our campus values for good reason; we believe those who thrive in diverse science and engineering teams and who foster inclusive environments will make the greatest impact and experience the greatest success in the global marketplace.

We are asking faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are directly impacted by current events, or have been in the past, to share their own ideas and ways we can better work together to make this a more inclusive place. This input will be considered in future planning, so that as Hardrockers, we can play a uniting role in a call for impactful change.





About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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