Diversity Experience House

The Diversity Experience is one of the University's recurring themed living communities. House efforts will focus on embracing diversity and inclusion in accordance with the shared core values of the University. The intent is to engage students in projects that promote understanding of individual diversity, group diversity and integrating continuity with learning and service.

Residents of the Diversity Experience House will largely be responsible for creating and implementing the specific service learning projects they wish to complete, however the University has identified specific outcomes that these projects will need to address:

  1. Connectedness and Inclusion.  The Diversity Experience House must help address the continuing need for a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. The house must provide access to opportunities of diversity and inclusion for all people in order to create a diverse campus climate.
  2. Diversity Appreciation and Awareness.  The Diversity Experience House must provide opportunities for students to highlight, recognize, and publicize aspects of diversity to promote campus-wide cooperation and participation. The house must be aware of any diversity related issues and pose as an advocate for any students that share their experiences.
  3. Student Support.  The Diversity Experience House must provide opportunities for support of current and incoming students. This can include, but is not limited to, close collaborations with the International Programs Office, the Augustana International Club, Multicultural Programs Office and any other student group that has diverse topics to provide programming specific to student’s needs.
  4. Community Outreach.  The Diversity Experience House must help bridge the gap between the Augustana and Sioux Falls communities, bringing local and regional issues to campus. The members of the house must celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups to enhance appreciation of diverse perspectives and backgrounds that are in the larger communities in which we live.

The house hosts 10 students each year, offering 4 double rooms and 2 single rooms. Both men and women are allowed to live in the house. All students interested in living in the Diversity Experience House will need to go through the application and interview process. If you currently live in the Diversity Experience House and are intending to homestead you must still complete an application and interview.

Applications for the Diversity Experience House are available here. Applications will be accepted and placements will be made on a rolling basis.