Upcoming Events and Programs

Join us for the following 2020-21 events sponsored or supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

If you have any questions, email Willette Capers.

DACA Information and Resources

South Dakota Voices for Peace has set up a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal hotline for DACA recipients who may be eligible for one last renewal. Visit South Dakota Voices for Peace to get connected. Please view resources with immigration lawyers and BIA accredited reps who are taking these cases.

Diversity Advocate Certification Program

The Diversity Advocate Certification Program at Augustana University provides participants with the tools needed to become change agents through the demonstrated use of acquired knowledge, support and awareness, aimed at creating an inclusive environment. Upcoming events are located below.

Learn more about registration or contact Willette Capers, assistant dean of students for diversity, equity and inclusion at Augustana.


Jenkins, D. (2018). A Critical Lens to Rethinking Power, Privilege and Inequity Language: “Systemically Dominant” and “Systemically Non-Dominant.” Share the Flame LLC: Camas, WA.

The Augustana Freedom Writers Project

The Freedom Writers Project is an opportunity for the Augustana University and Washington High School (WHS) community to share their truth, story, and social justice experiences. This project provides Augustana and WHS students an outlet to reveal their passion for change while educating others on the experience of growing up and living in a society that still doesn’t treat everyone equally.

Although the most visible part of the Freedom Writers Project is a contest that will publish the best-told stories, we hope the project penetrates our culture and celebrates diverse voices and forms of expression. 

Essays will be evaluated based on the richness of voice, storytelling ability, authenticity, and how well one speaks their truth. 

Multiple Prizes Awarded

Enter your submission to the project by entering your information here

A Call to Action

In the past couple of weeks, we have seen a resurgence of attacks on Black bodies. We have seen the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is because of these tragic events; I wanted to share with you some advice and tips on what you can (should) do to support.

In these difficult times, be brave, and reach out to people of color in your network and circle of trust. Let them know you are thinking of them and provide support. Remember to listen to understand, not to respond. Leave your ego and defensiveness at the door. Take the time, and truly listen.

Educate yourself. It is important to know that it is your responsibility to educate yourself, no one else. Here is a link with resources for allies and accomplices to aide in your anti-racism work.

Anti-Racism Resources

Be sure to remember, when you hear and see folks declaring that “Black Lives Matter,” don’t respond that “All Lives Matter.” In theory, yes, all lives matter; however, right now, we are concerned with the lives of Black folks who are suffering tragic deaths due to social injustices, anti-blackness, and systemic disregard of their lives. Therefore, Black Lives Matter.

If you need additional support, you can reach us at diversity@augie.edu or our campus partners listed below.

Counseling Services — 605.334.2696

Dean of Students Office — 605.274.4124


Peace, love, and kindness be with you all.