We Are Montana in the Classroom to Host Free Role Model Workshop

January 08, 2019

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s We Are Montana in the Classroom initiative invites community members to become role models for K-12 students through a free training at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Imagine Nation Brewing, located at 1151 W. Broadway St.

Led by Dr. Amanda Duley, staff scientist at the UM Broader Impacts Group (BIG) and spectrUM Discovery Area, the Role Models Matter Workshop is designed to prepare role models to engage effectively with K-12 students through personal stories, hands-on activities and reflection. Participants will also learn about opportunities to serve as a role model in their community.

Registration for the Role Models Matter Workshop is free and open to everyone. Dinner will be provided. To sign up email Caitlin Ervin at caitlin.ervin@umontana.edu or call 406-728-7836.

We Are Montana in the Classroom engages UM faculty members, graduate students and professionals with Montana K-12 students, with the goal of closing opportunity gaps and inspiring the next generation to pursue higher education and career pathways. We Are Montana in the Classroom role models visit K-12 schools, libraries and museums, free meal sites and attend community events throughout Missoula, the Bitterroot and the Flathead Reservation.

“We know from research and from many of our own personal experiences that role models can make powerful impacts on the lives of children,” Duley said. “The Role Models Matter Workshop gives people from all academic and career backgrounds the tools to connect with students and get them excited about their futures.”

The Role Models Matter training curriculum was developed by Techbridge, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to inspiring girls about STEM, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

We Are Montana in the Classrooom is an initiative of the UM Broader Impacts Group, which harnesses the University’s research and creative scholarship to foster social mobility and a vibrant, homegrown workforce for Montana. BIG and its hands-on science center, spectrUM Discovery Area, are supported by an array of local and national funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, Montana NSF EPSCoR, NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Jane S. Heman Foundation and the Martin Family Foundation.


Contact: Amanda Duley, staff scientist, Broader Impacts Group and spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-728-7836, amanda.duley@umontana.edu; Caitlin Ervin, museum program coordinator, spectrUM Discovery Area, 406-728-7836, caitlin.ervin@umontana.edu.