12th Annual Diversity Event Returns to UM

October 24, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate its credentials as a “DiverseU” on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 1-2, during the 12th annual DiverseU event.

DiverseU is a campuswide series of events focused on topics in diversity. DiverseU provides a forum for honest dialogue and the opportunity to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding and create community through the practice of civil discourse.

All DiverseU sessions and events are free and open to the public. Educational sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the third floor of the University Center. UM students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will discuss, present, perform and exhibit art.

DiverseU and Emmaus will host SALAM (Standing Alongside America’s Muslims) for an evening of food, community, dialogue and learning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Speaker Ann Holmes Redding will discuss the issues and misinformation around the Islam religion and Muslims in America. The event includes a dinner and banquet in the University Center North Ballroom. Please RSVP online at http://bit.ly/2h1C12Q.

Standing Rock leader LaDonna Brave Bull Allard will close out the symposium with her keynote speech “Healing the Next Generation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the University Center South Ballroom.

Allard is a Lakota historian and activist. In April 2016, she founded the first resistance camp of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, Sacred Stones, aimed at halting the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the DiverseU website at http://www.umt.edu/diverseu or follow the event on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/502540023443031.

Contact: Cal Reynolds, student director, DiverseU, 406-243-5622, cal.reynolds@mso.umt.edu.