SOLES Takes Anti Racism Seriously

A renewed spotlight on racial injustices in this country led institutions nationwide to take a deep look at themselves, to uncover racial biases and to begin the journey to repair. Within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) we have been taking a reflective, systematic approach; beginning with an examination of the practices, policies and procedures across our departments, centers and institutions. SOLES is dedicated to equity, inclusion and social justice and it is this dedication that keeps us striving to do better for our students and the communities that we serve.

Part of that commitment is to address and support members of our community who may be subject to those biases at USD and within SOLES. If you have been the victim of racist behavior, practice or policy that is impacting your access to academic engagement or success, community or professional development activities, or a sense of well being, the S.T.A.R.S. team of advocates stands ready to assist you.

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Would you like to talk with a S.T.A.R.S. Advocate? 

S.TA.R.S Advocates have completed specialized training to support students and colleagues who have been victimized by racial biases. Given the range of circumstances, S.T.A.R.S. Advocates may advise further administrative support and action in the form of the University Complaint Process, support through Student Health and Wellness, or continued conversation. Advocates promise to meet you at your comfort level, and will respect your decision to take further action or not.*

Yes - Complete the S.T.A.R.S. Advocate Connection Form

No - Only you can make this decision. Everyone processes experiences differently. Other campus resources are available, and you may return for a S.T.A.R.S. Advocate at any time. 

* S.T.A.R.S. Advocates are obligated to report cases of prior or expected physical harm to self or others, as well as any suspected Title IX violations. 

Would you like to file a complaint or review the process? 

 Other Campus Resources

  • USD Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
  • Complaint Procedure
  • In SOLES Graduate Student Handbook (page 13)