Montana State University

Diversity Awareness Office


The Diversity Awareness Office (DAO) provides information and support to the university community in the areas of multicultural awareness and community building, prejudice education, and practical resources relating to diversity issues. The DAO sponsors, produces and promotes events that encourage and foster diversity awareness around issues of gender, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Awareness of diversity is examined through lectures, movies, discussion groups and social events. The DAO provides a safe, supportive environment in which students can begin to understand the diversity they experience on campus as well as within the larger global community.

Part of the vision of the DAO is to also foster and support the growth of understanding and tolerance of difference throughout the university and in the surrounding community. We see the existing diversity as a valuable resource towards this goal, and seek to involve students in all steps of the process.  From this, we hope to add to the leadership skills of those students interested in the processes of raising visibility and understanding of difference and multiple perspectives.

Featured Event

sustained dialogue

Sustained Dialogue Facilitation Training
October 3rd-5th, 2014

The Sustained Dialogue Facilitation Training for 2014-2015 will be held on October 3rd, 4th and 5th, and is required for anyone who wants to moderate dialogues this year. Attendees are trained in the Sustained Dialogue facilitation techniques, learn about issues of identity, and gain knowledge about conflict resolution, community building, group decision-making, and facilitating challenging conversations. Sustained Dialogue Moderators lead the campus community in dialogues about different aspects of identity through Public Dialogues, De-Stereotype Me Day activities, and weekly dialogues over the course of the spring semester.

This training is perfect for students who are interested in learning more about Sustained Dialogue, gaining valuable facilitation skills, and potentially becoming moderators. Please join Sustained Dialogue on Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 pm to kickoff the weekend training!

This training is free and open to all MSU students, faculty, or staff members. For more information about Sustained Dialogue or the Facilitation Training, visit

Fall 2014 events and programs:

American Indian Heritage Day
September 26, 2014
MSU Centennial Mall, 11 am - 2 pm

Sustained Dialogue Facilitation Training
October 3-5, 2014
Registration will open in the fall

De-Stereotype Me Day
October 15 and 16, 2014
Strand Union Building, 11 am - 1 pm

An Evening with Shane Bitney Crone
October 20, 2014
Procrastinator Theater, 5:30 pm

Safe Zone Module 1 Workshop: Awareness and Education
October 16 or October 22, 2014
Strand Union Building, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Safe Zone Module 2 Workshop: Ally Development
October 23 or October 29, 2014
Strand Union Building, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Public Dialogue
October 28, 2014
SUB Ballroom A