About

Dickinson State University is committed to serving as a change agent in creating an inclusive environment through which students, staff and faculty can engage, support, educate and advocate. The campus provides opportunities for individuals to engage in intercultural dialogues, and highlights campus organizations that provide services related to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to help individuals celebrate and appreciate their cultural heritage through diverse campus programming and to foster a sense of belonging. At DSU, we seek to provide meaningful and educational programs that advance diversity education and cultural competence. 

Initiatives

  • Multicultural Committee

The Multicultural Committee (MCC) is a group of staff and faculty who actively work within the DSU community to create a culturally diverse and welcoming campus by hosting student centered cultural events. Programming is designed to challenge hidden bias, break barriers, and afford all students an opportunity to share their culture, values and to make long-lasting connections with peers.

Please feel free to contact the MCC Chair- Dr. Steve Doherty or the Director of International Programs and Multicultural Affairs- Ms. Perzen Akolawala for more information.

Global Table

  • Multicultural Committee sponsors the Global Table series. Global Table promotes cross-cultural competency and creates multicultural awareness on campus. Individuals from a variety of countries, religions, and backgrounds are invited to share their culture and educational systems with others during these monthly, noon hour conversations in Stoxen Library. If you would like to present at the Global Table, please get in touch with MCC Chair- Dr. Steve Doherty or the Director of International Programs and Multicultural Affairs- Ms. Perzen Akolawala.

Courageous Conversations

  • Courageous Conversations is an opportunity for the campus to engage in conversations related to diversity. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming space for all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, religion, socioeconomic status, political views, or ability. Courageous Conversations encourages respectful conversations by exploring misunderstood matters of diversity and sharing individual stories to help generate positive social change. Please feel free to contact the Director of International Programs and Multicultural Affairs- Ms. Perzen Akolawala for more information. 

Affirmative Action

Dickinson State University is fully committed to equal opportunity in employment decisions, educational programs, and activities in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, including affirmative action efforts. In that regard, Dickinson State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion or creed, national origin, marital status, race or ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in its admissions, employment practices, education programs, housing, food service, or other related activities.

Inquiries regarding the educational opportunities or equal employment policies of this institution should be directed to: 

Affirmative Action Officer
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: 701-483-2370

Bystander Intervention 

Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and approach for prevention of various types of violence, which could include: bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. 

Bystander Intervention is a different type of approach to sexual assault prevention because it discourages victim blaming, offers a chance to change social rules and shifts responsibility to all. 

Dickinson State University offers Bystander intervention training and encourages all campus community members to be actively involved in identifying, intervening, and reporting violence. 

Bystander Intervention Flyer 1

Bystander Intervention Flyer 2

Harassment Training

All new and current DSU employees must complete mandatory harassment training annually. Student employees (i.e., work-study employees) do not have to complete the annual harassment training program.

Contact DSU’s Affirmative Action Officer for assistance in completing this training.

Phone: 701-483-2370

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments was passed by the U.S. Congress on June 23, 1972, and signed into law on July 1, 1972. It is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities such as:

  • Admissions
  • Housing and facilities
  • Courses and other education activities
  • Career guidance and counseling activities
  • Financial aid
  • Health and insurance benefits
  • Scholastic, intercollegiate, club, or intramural athletics

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of meaningful efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. The Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of DSU policy in relation to Title IX law developments; implementation of grievance procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the university's Title IX compliance.

Individuals with questions, concerns or a complaint related to Title IX may contact DSU’s Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: 701-483-2370
dsu.titleIX@dickinsonstate.edu 

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 

In recognition of the severity of the crimes associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA 1994) as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The protections and provisions afforded by the 1994 legislation were subsequently expanded and improved in the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (VAWA 2000) and the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005). 

A resource guide to DSU’s policy and procedure can be accessed here.