UM to Host 14th Annual DiverseU

October 28, 2019

DiverseU_graphic_web.jpgMISSOULA – The University of Montana will hold its 14th annual DiverseU symposium Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 5-7, in the University Center. The symposium provides a forum for honest dialogue that explores the complexities of human experience, promotes understanding and creates community through civil discourse.

This year, the new Diversity Showcase will kick off DiverseU from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the University Center Ballroom. It will provide academic departments, UM student services, student groups, local agencies and businesses the opportunity to highlight their direct action in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in our community and the region. Catered food selections will be provided.

Held on the third floor of the University Center, DiverseU will offer more than 40 sessions during the symposium on Nov. 6-7. A full schedule is online at

This year’s keynote panel event will highlight the national and regional crisis involving murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, and “Drumming with Dancers” will open the event to honor this topic. Smudging stations will be available for all participants to cleanse themselves or to learn about the significance of this practice. Bison chili, fry bread and beverages also will be provided. The event will take place in the University Center Ballroom, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and the panel beginning at 6 p.m. View a list of speakers for the panel discussion at

All DiverseU events are free and open to the public. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. No preregistration is required. The keynote event will be livestreamed and available on the DiverseU website.

For more information, visit or email Joseph Grady at or Adrianne Smith at Facebook events for DiverseU are online at


Contact: Adrianne Smith, UM University Center director, 406-243-6029,