MISSOULA – The first of the University of Montana’s spring 2016 Noon Diversity ForUMs will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center Conference Room in the Mansfield Library. The forums are free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.
The February forum, “Cultural Diversity at UM – Issues, Interactions and Expectations,” will be moderated by Udo Fluck, cross-cultural researcher, curriculum developer and instructor. Fluck, who was born in Germany, will talk about identity and diversity as it relates to UM.
Designed by Diversity Advisory Council members Rhondie Voorhees, Udo Fluck and Nathan Domitrovich, the Noon Diversity ForUMs aim to improve communication, education and relations among people of diverse backgrounds. Interaction and discussion is encouraged as moderators will share their own thoughts on the topic and welcome attendees to do the same.
“I believe the Noon Diversity ForUMs will be an excellent platform to understand, respect, support and celebrate diversity on campus, as well as in the Missoula and global communities,” said Chelsey Porter, Diversity Advisory Council co-chair. “The event organizers, who will also act as session moderators, each have a unique background and are dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of diversity.”
Fluck is the director of UM’s Global Gateway Global program in the Office of International Programs. The program seeks to develop partnerships with the UM campus, K-12 schools and community organizations. Fluck has provided over 600 educational seminars since 2003.
Voorhees is the dean of students at UM and served as program director for the Common Ground Multicultural Dialogue program for 12 years at the University of Maryland. The program focuses on providing opportunities for diverse student groups to discuss important modern-day issues in an increasingly multicultural world.
Domitrovich is UM’s director at the Undergraduate Advising Center and also has worked as a coordinator at UM’s Southwest Asian Studies Center, an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Anthropology and an international student exchange assistant at the Office of International Programs. He taught for two years in the People’s Republic of China.
Two additional Noon Diversity ForUMs are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, and Wednesday, April 20.