University of South Dakota Outreach Programs

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University of South Dakota - Outreach Initiatives

The four outreach initiatives held by the USD's online channels are SD Kids Count, the Oyate Circle, Community Outreach, and Students Understanding Sustainable Tactics.

Students Understanding Sustainable Tactics (SUST)

Oyate Circle

  • Oyate Circle aims to serve native Americans with disabilities in South Dakota.
  • They provide "how-to" handbook to native Americans.
  • Oyate means 'the people' in Dakota's native-tribe language.
  • Oyate Circle is led by a native American tribal member Jim Warne.

South Dakota Kids Count

  • South Dakota Kids Count functions under the guidance of Beacom School of Business.
  • SDKC's goal is to provide accurate data to the South Dakotan's community about the children activities, doings, statistics, etc.
  • It publishes annual Facebook posts, quarterly issue briefs, and reports throughout the year.

Community Outreach

  • On the last Wednesday of each month, called the Wellness Days, USD partners with different organizations to offer free wellness service. On each Wednesday, the service varies.
  • These services are available for the public, USD students, and current members.
  • On Take-Away-Tuesdays, the community is allowed to explore the eight dimensions of wellness.
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  • "We create and increase social, economic and environmental sustainability. We work with USD and the wider Vermillion community to create projects and hold outreach opportunities to educate the public about what it means to live sustainably."
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  • "Why go straw-free? For most of us, straws aren't actually a necessity. They are used for approximately 30 minutes but stay around for HUNDREDS of years."
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  • "The Oyate' Circle is a resource, education, outreach and training effort that serves Native Americans with disabilities in South Dakota."
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  • "The data provided by South Dakota KIDS COUNT gives South Dakotans a broad picture of how the state's children are doing."
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  • "This workshop is a feel-good session that teaches various stress and pain relief techniques such as breathing, meditation, and yoga."