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September 23, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host an ongoing free workshop titled “Bridging Dialogue Across Cultures” for students during autumn semester. The workshops will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. every other week.

Through guided activities, group discussions and engagement games, BDAC will prepare students to participate in and foster an inclusive society. Students will engage in dialogue across identities of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion and ability.

BDAC is open to all UM students and provides a unique experience to learn about other people’s views, deepen their understanding of diversity and develop positive relationships with members of diverse communities.

The group is led by UM Assistant Professor Lucila Rudge, who originally is from Brazil. Rudge teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences and has extensive experience with diverse cultures and intergroup dialogue.

“As a member of a minority culture myself, I feel the need to provide a space where students from diverse cultures can engage in dialogue with each other and share their experiences at UM,” Rudge said.

BDAC will be held in the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center Room 241 on Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 7 and 21, and Dec. 5.

For more information call Rudge at 406-243-5415 or email




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Contact: Lucila Rudge, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-5415,