UM to Celebrate ‘DiverseU’

October 17, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate its 13th annual diversity symposium, “DiverseU,” on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, on the third floor of the University Center.

DiverseU provides a forum for honest dialogue to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding and create community through the practice of civil discourse. Throughout the day, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will discuss, present, perform and exhibit art.

More than 40 sessions will take place during the two-day symposium, including the keynote presentation, “There is Life After Hate” by Christian Picciolini, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the University Center Ballroom. Picciolini is a reformed violent extremist, Emmy Award-winning director and producer, published author, TEDx speaker and global peace advocate.

UM also has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service to provide a Hate Crimes Forum, a pre-event scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the University Center Ballroom.

All DiverseU events are free and open to the public. UM students and employees are encouraged to attend, and no pre-registration is required.

For more information and a full schedule, visit


Contact: Hailey Michelson, UM University Center program manager, 406-243-5776,