AS Senate Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Associated Students embraces all forms of diversity in our campus community, and in so doing respects the unique characteristics of our community members and their contributions to our campus. The Associated Students, the Senate, and the Committee on Inclusion & Diversity are committed to working with every member of the campus community to resolve issues, allow the voice of all students to be heard, and use critical thinking and specific data to help drive decisions and actions that foster a community that is both welcoming and inclusive.

In light of this commitment, and our responsibility that comes with it, we encourage all members of the student body to proactively address acts of intolerance that occur in their presence. An act of intolerance is conduct that adversely and unfairly targets an individual or group on the basis of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics: (1) gender or gender identity; (2) race or ethnicity; (3) disability; (4) religion; (5) sexual orientation; (6) nationality; (7) socio-economic status or (8) age. It is only through recognizing and reporting these acts that we work together toward a campus climate that is both reflective of our university’s values and appreciative of all of our community members.

To learn more about ways that members of the campus community can become involved with organizations that help to promote an inclusive and diverse community, please visit:

United Front Multicultural Commons

Center for Inclusion & Diversity

Women's Commons

Associated Students Senate


Chair of Inclusion and Diversity

Vayunamu Bawa

My name is Vayunamu Bawa and I'm a 4th year international student from Abuja, Nigeria. I'm majoring in International Relations because I like learning about politics and power and decided to join AS so I could be a part of a group of students making change at USD. At USD, I have worked at the United Front Multicultural Center, interned for the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the IPJ, been a Scholastic Assistant, and have been active with clubs such as African Student Union, International Student Union, and Black Student Union. 

This upcoming year, some of my goals as Chair for the Inclusion & Diversity committee include finding support for students to get involved with more campus programs/events and exploring how sustainability efforts can be inclusive. 

I am open and excited to hear ideas from students about what me, my committee, and/or AS as a whole can work on to make the student experience better so I look forward to hearing from you!