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VCSU Land Acknowledgement

We hereby acknowledge that the VCSU campus sits on traditional and ancestral lands of the Red Lake and Pembina bands of Ojibwe, and Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of Santee Dakota peoples. This land is deeply connected to the many indigenous people who have held and continue to hold it sacred. We pledge to work toward a strong and lasting relationship with Ojibwe and Dakota tribes as well as other indigenous peoples of our region to hold this land and community in celebration of its rich cultural history.

VCSU Statement on Racial Injustices

Valley City State University recognizes that we are living during a time of profound frustration, hurt, anger and, for many, a time of deep despair regarding the recent high-profile violent events targeting Black Americans. We believe that it is important to speak out against these atrocities. We stand with and embrace our Black students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to building an inclusive environment here at VCSU, one that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. We know that these words alone are not enough; we must take urgent and immediate actions to provide a more equitable experience for Black students, staff, and faculty at VCSU. We stand against racism and racial injustices and we support those who are targets of violence and social inequity. Today, we affirm an investment in this work.

Affirmed by Valley City State University, 09/23/2020

The VCSU Office for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for VCSU’s students, faculty, and staff who are Black, Indigenous, or other People of Color (BIPoC); those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, gender queer, or asexual (LGBTQIA+); people of all gender identities; people of minoritized spiritual and religious beliefs; First Generation College Students; immigrants; and those who are economically under resourced. We also support and advocate for issues of gender bias and body positivity.
4 students and Dr. Kelly attend a DEI conference at UND in fall 2022.

2022 DEI Conference at UND

LGBTQIA+ flags in front of the VCSU Student Center

LGBTQIA+ flags in front of the VCSU Student Center

An image of the resource pantry with shelves filled with food

VCSU Resource Pantry

12 students and Dr. Kelly dressed as Care Bears in the VCSU Diversity Lounge

Halloween 2022 in the Diversity Lounge

2 Lakota Drum Circle members in front of their drums in Graichen Gymnasium

Lakota Drum Circle on Every Child Matters Day

6 students and Dr. Kelly in orange t-shirts that say

Every Child Matters Day, Sept. 30, 2022