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Members of the 2020-2021 change network cohort. Courtesy: National Arts Strategies, Inc.

South Dakota Change Network Now Accepting Applications

May 10, 2022

The year-long cohort leadership program will begin summer 2022 and supports South Dakotans who want to make the places they live and work accessible and welcoming to everyone.

Two women announcing winners of a drawing at the Energize conference.

Energizing Leaders

We work with boards, businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes.

High school graduate watching a rural sunset.

Congratulations Graduates! And Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Congratulations to all the young people celebrating graduations this spring! You've dedicated years to learning and developing your career, but don't count out your hometown as a great place to start your next chapter!

Diverse group of community members attending a fitness class.

Community Wellness Coalitions

Community wellness coalitions bring together community-based organizations, stakeholders and wellness experts to identify the wellness challenges facing South Dakota communities and address them through resources, programming and wellness opportunities tailored for their unique needs.

Young couple discussing a concern with a distressed small business team member.

How To Get Fired by Your Constituents

For both business and community leaders, one thing is true – without customers, you don't have a job. Examine some common reasons for losing loyalty among community constituents.

Diverse group of community members putting their hands together.

The Importance of Dialogue for Racial Justice and Equity in South Dakota

Recent census data showed that the state of South Dakota is rapidly becoming more diverse. What does this mean and how does it impact our communities?

Stagecoach at a parade in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

SDSU Extension to Host Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 11-12 in Fort Pierre

March 09, 2022

The conference is designed to energize South Dakota’s rural communities by inviting them to network with community leaders, share success stories, get ideas and take action to improve their communities.

Small group of young professionals gathered around a meeting table.

Building Highly Effective Boards

Whether you are starting a new board or solidifying the roles and workings of an existing board, this program is a great way to get all members on the same page.

SDSU Extension community vitality team presenting an award.

Inspiring Community Leaders

Based on research and evidence gathered by industry experts, this program teaches communities, businesses and individuals the skills needed to foster exemplary leadership qualities.

Diverse group of board members at a conference table.

Strengthening Boards Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Boards are effective when there is a culture of trust, candor and respect—all of which are not possible without inclusion.