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University of Montana
UM Black Student Union
"The Black Student Union (BSU) is an organization dedicated to encouraging cultural diversity at The University of Montana, with special regard to students of African descent.Members of the University administration, the student body, and the local community have partnered to enhance the educational experience of African and African-American students while at The University of Montana. In forming the BSU, the University community establishes the following beliefs: We believe that the academic needs and cultural realities of Black students deserve the same respect afforded other institutional programs. We believe that the University validates the importance of African and African - American students on campus by acknowledging the varying contributions and needs of those students. Fulfilling these needs at the collegiate level will provide students with more resources to draw upon once their college experience has concluded. Finally, we value student growth and development and strive for cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of all of our diverse histories and experiences."
African American Studies Program
"African-American Studies (AAST) at the University of Montana connects African and African-American (including Latin America and the Caribbean) history, experiences, and perspectives with the 21st century. The goal of the African-American Studies curriculum is to develop a basic knowledge of, and appreciation for, the diverse experiences of the African diaspora, and their contributions to the nations into which they were incorporated. Through this study students will recognize that the African-American narrative connects to the core issues of nation formation, identity politics, social movements, and the liberal state."
"The University of Montana Sociology program includes a broad range of topics and issues. At the undergraduate level, students can focus on General Sociology, Criminology, or Inequality and Social Justice. At the graduate level, students can focus on General Sociology, Criminology, Inequality and Social Justice, or Rural and Environmental Change. Faculty and student interests range from social issues facing local communities, to national questions about the impact of legislation on poverty programs or the causes of criminal behavior, to global concerns such as climate change and worldwide structures of inequality."
UM Diversity Advisory Council
"Formed in 1991, the Diversity Advisory Council at the University of Montana works to improve communication, education and relations among people of various diverse backgrounds. Diversity includes but not limited to, age, ideas and perspectives, disabilities, creed, ethnicity, gender identify, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, and the socioeconomic and geographic composition."
All Nations Health Center
The All Nations Health Center provides a variety of services for the Missoula American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including diabetes medication management, immunization, testing, health promotion, disease prevention, chemical dependency counseling, mental health care, community services and transportation.
EmpowerMT works to create a more just and inclusive society by developing youth and adult leaders who work to end mistreatment, correct systemic inequalities and strengthen communities across Montana. EmpowerMT offers youth identity groups for BIPOC students, youth leadership programs to break isolation and build allies across group lines, and inclusive work trainings for businesses and organizations.
Here Montana is a BIPOC outdoors program run through Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. The program works to bridge racial disparity in outdoor recreation and make it more accessible to Missoula’s BIPOC community by providing gear, information and community.
LEARN Missoula is a research project team that is BIPOC led and directed. Each member comes with a repertoire of knowledge, skills and a professional value base. We also have a history of engaging in equity and diversity work. As a collective, we are committed to centering local BIPOC voices, experiences, and knowledge in the process of transforming community structures, municipal systems, and business institutions in Missoula.
Missoula Voices (2018)
This documentary film, created by YWCA Missoula's Racial Justice Initiative in collaboration with student volunteers from University of Montana's School of Media Arts, features personal narratives of community members who have experienced discrimination in Missoula.
Montana BIPOC Mutual Aid Fund
A community fund created by BIPOC for BIPOC. Donated funds are redistributed to community members in need. Mutual aid is the exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit—in this case a healthier community. It is a form of financial solidarity with those struggling in our community through direct giving.
Native American Student Services (MCPS)
The Native American Student Services Department of Missoula County Public Schools helps Native American students achieve academically, culturally and socially, to graduate and to become successful lifelong learners. Numerous supports are available to students and families, as well as resources and information about the tribes represented by the students of the school district.
Soft Landing Missoula
Soft Landing Missoula focuses on building a sustainable effort to engage and inform our community in welcoming refugees and immigrants while celebrating the richness in diversity, culture and experience they bring to our city.
The Montana Racial Equity Project
The Montana Racial Equity Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, advocates equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana.
Montana State University Black Student Union
MSU's Black Student Union’s purpose is to advocate for the black community; to promote leadership; to embrace and educate about black culture and issues from black students perspectives; to provide a safe space for the black community; and to represent & remind black students that they are not alone.
"The ACLU of Montana envisions a fair, equitable, and free Montana that welcomes and celebrates diversity of all kinds. In our Montana, everybody is treated with dignity and respect, and has equal access to rights and freedoms. We work to hold the government accountable to all who live in Montana, with a particular focus on those who have been historically (or continue to be) disenfrachised, including Indigenous people and people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and families, the poor, and those with disabilities."
Center For Restorative Youth Justice
CRYJ works with Flathead Valley teens, families, justice agencies, and school discipline teams to reduce youth involvement with the legal system, interrupt cycles of harm, repair trust, promote accountability, and foster community connections.
Western Native Voice
Established in 2011, Western Native Voice (WNV) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase Native American participation and engagement in voting and self-determination. We work to nurture and empower new native leaders and impact policies affecting Native Americans through community organizing, education, leadership, and advocacy. They are engaged on all seven Montana Indian reservations and engaged in major Montana urban centers because approximately half of Montana’s native population lives off the reservation.