Director of Wokini and Tribal Relations, South Dakota State University (SDSU). South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. South Dakota State University (SDSU) is searching for a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader to fill the role of Director of Wokini and Tribal Relations. The Wokini Initiative, translated to “new beginnings” in Lakota, is SDSU’s collaborative and holistic framework to support the nine tribal nations in South Dakota emphasizing American Indian student success and tribal nation building. The next Director will embrace the core values of SDSU as a people-centered leader, valuing creativity, diversity, integrity, and excellence. This individual will have strong knowledge of American Indian and indigenous culture with emphasis on the nine tribal nations in South Dakota. Through strong partnership with the leadership of the American Indian Student Center and American Indian Studies Program, the Director will build on the solid foundation of the Wokini Initiative to take SDSU’s efforts to a new level, working collaboratively across the University to serve American Indian people at the University, in our state, and throughout the region and nation.
The focus of the Wokini Initiative is to increase the number of American Indian students enrolled at SDSU, support their academic success, and improve their graduation rates. To this purpose, three key goals of the Initiative have been identified within our five-year plan: enhance cultural programming and support for American Indian students; offer Wokini scholarships for citizens of the nine tribal nations in South Dakota; and enhance research and outreach partnerships with tribes, tribal colleges and universities and other tribal organizations. The Director will report to the Vice President for Student Affairs.