History of the CID

In 2010, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) was established as the result of two rounds of deliberations and recommendations about how to cohere institutional diversity and inclusion work at USD. The Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity serves as director of the center.

The Committee on Inclusion and Diversity was established and led by Bethami Dobkin, PhD and Chris Nayve in 2005, and in 2007, issued a set of recommendations to university leadership about how to lead in this work. As a result, the Presidential Advisory Board for Inclusion and Diversity (PABID) was formed in 2008 to lead institutional diversity and inclusion efforts. Alberto Pulido, PhD and Stephen Pultz led this effort, initiated a number of programs, and in 2010 issued a report, recommending the establishment of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

The CID now functions to distribute diversity, inclusion, and social justice work across the campus, create metrics for success, assess the work, and hold the campus accountable to serving students, our employees, alumni, and the community. The Associate Provost works collaboratively with all divisions on areas such as: faculty recruitment; curricular development; student access, recruitment, and persistence; strategic student support for underserved, underrepresented, and targeted student populations; community engagement; and strategic planning. The Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence currently provides our university with a tool to inventory, assess, and catalyze work across the campus and in our communities. The diversity plan informs the broader institutional strategic plan, Envision 2024, which focuses on expanding access and inclusion in an intersectional way.

The CID collaborates daily with offices and departments across divisions, with ongoing and coordinated work with the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE), the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, and the Changemaker HUB.