BROOKINGS, SD — South Dakota State University says construction on its Indian American student center is complete.
The 12,000 square foot center is located at the north end of Rotunda Green in the area between Abbott Hall and Harding Hall, according to information provided by the university.
“The new and improved AISC is ideal for all Indigenous youth, as it allows students to feel part of a community, much like a home away from home,” said Lars King, a second-year student of Rosebud. “It helps us ease the transition from college life and will be a place to make new lifelong friendships with others. This is a very important factor because most of us are not often far from our communities.
The $4.5 million center was built with $4 million from private donor funds and $500,000 from money from schools and public lands, according to the university.
“The vision of this center would not have been possible without the involvement and generous support of our donors,” said SDSU President Barry Dunn. “The new center is a fulfillment of the commitment made when we announced the Wokini Initiative. This will create opportunities and support for thousands of Native American students to enjoy the benefits of higher education, while connecting the rest of our campus to the culture and values of the Indigenous peoples of our state and region.
“Many of our students will experience the center through in-building classes and other events designed to explore and learn. The work of the SDSU Foundation and our donors has transformed our university and created a strong pathway for our Native American students to succeed.
Architectural and engineering services were provided by TSP.
“Native American students need a space to feel welcomed, accepted, and loved and this space enables that and is also the place to go for academic and retention counseling, to enjoy cultural programming, and to connect. with other Indigenous students,” said Erica Moore. , director of the American Indian Student Center. “This center will be an important place on campus that will encompass all of their needs.
The facility offers offices, meeting rooms, multi-purpose rooms, technology resources, student support space, and academic support space. Its main function would be devoted to programs and student support services.
Additionally, GenPro Energy has mounted solar panels that are equivalent to approximately 7.4 kilowatts of energy. These panels are on the south portion of the building and were donated by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at SDSU.