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Daneka Souberbielle - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Daneka Souberbielle

VP of Community Outreach & Engagement | Southern Utah University


Specializing in community outreach strategies, diversity education, and student affairs


Daneka Souberbielle is the VP of Campus & Community Initiatives & Chief Inclusion Officer at Southern Utah University. Souberbielle implements diversity and equity opportunities across all aspects on campus and functions as a subject matter expert on institutional diversity and inclusion as it relates to governance, administrative policies, and federal and state regulations.

Souberbielle has over 15 years of progressive experience leading people, processes and higher education initiatives for inclusive recruiting, diversity education, cultural competency programming, strategic planning and student support evidenced by the successful administration of student programs serving more than 3,000 diverse students.

Recognized for collaborative leadership style, approachability, and keen ability to effectively translate complex concepts into individualized action plans. She is a strength-focused educator successful in system-building and dedicated to the holistic, learner-centered approach to human and organizational development.

Souberbielle earned a bachelor of arts in psychology at University of Michigan and a master of science in sociology at Brigham Young University.






Daneka Souberbielle, chief diversity officer loading image Lavender Ceremony 2023 loading image Summit on Belonging-Nubia Pena 2022 loading image


Women of FHSS: Daneka Souberbielle, Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion and CDO at SUU Black-Latino Alliance Panel Discussion


Industry Expertise (2)


Program Development

Areas of Expertise (13)

Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

Diversity Education & Curriculum

Organizational Development

Student Affairs Leadership

Team & Leadership Development

Quantitative Data Analysis

Multicultural Student Recruiting

Strategic Planning

International Student Recruiting

Regulatory & Standards Compliance

Qualitative Data Analysis

Commitee Leadership

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Education (2)

University of Michigan: B.A., Psychology

Brigham Young University: M.S., Sociology

Accomplishments (2)

Utah Campus Compact Engages Staff Award

April 2018

Dixie State University Commitment to Diversity Award

April 2018

Affiliations (1)

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Languages (1)

  • Spanish

Media Appearances (6)

SUU waiving tuition for Native American students

KSL  online


"This award is an important way to put investment behind our goal of serving our local and surrounding Indigenous community who we know face barriers to start and to finish their education," Daneka Souberbielle, SUU chief diversity officer, said in a press release. "Even though this may not address all of the financial barriers our Native American students face, it's a critical starting point for us to be intentional about our commitment to support current and potential Indigenous students."

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Inclusion and Diversity with Brianne Kramer and Daneka Souberbielle

SUU's Center for Teaching Innovation Podcast  radio


In this episode, host Tony Pellegrini sits down with Brianne Kramer and Daneka Souberbielle to discuss equity & diversity at SUU. From SUU’s inaugural Summit on Belonging to trauma-informed practices in teaching, and much more. Take time to hear more about equity & diversity initiatives at SUU and teaching practices that can change your classroom, impact your learners, and resources that are available for you as faculty.

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‘We have to talk about racism,’ Davis County leader urges residents, after scathing report about schools

The Salt Lake Tribune  print


“Sometimes, because someone may not see individual discrimination, they assume that there’s no structural or institutional discrimination going on, or vice versa,” Souberbielle said. To “eliminate discrimination across the board,” she said, people need to “really be able to understand that it’s functioning on multiple levels simultaneously.”

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This Utah university has never had a Native American student win its homecoming pageant — until now

The Salt Lake Tribune  online


“This position as SUU royalty,” said Daneka Souberbielle, chief diversity officer for the school, “will absolutely give her a microphone that is needed and will benefit the whole institution. But she would have found a microphone, regardless. That’s who she is.”

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SUU Welcomes New Chief Diversity Officer

SUU News  online


After an extensive national search, Southern Utah University would like to welcome Daneka Souberbielle as the new associate provost and chief diversity officer for the University.

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SUU Adds Developer of Dixie State Multicultural Center as New Chief Diversity Officer

St George News  online


“I’m ecstatic to be a part of the SUU community and support the university’s mission of providing an exceptional educational experience embedded in engaged learning and student success,” said Souberbielle. “I wholeheartedly look forward to collaborating and innovating with campus and community stakeholders to enhance efforts that have already grown inclusion across campus.”

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Event Appearances (3)

Rest In Power: Remembering Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

Panelist  Rocky Vista University

Diversity Panel

Panelist  Yale University

Inclusive Excellence Conference

Organizer & Presenter  Dixie State University

Research Grants (3)

Utah System of Higher Education Affordable Access and Timely Completion Grant

Dixie State University Multicultural & Inclusion Center $75000


Americorps VISTA

Dixie State University Multicultural & Diversity Center $5000


Utah System of Higher Education Mission based Funding

Dixie State College Multicultural & Diversity Center $30000