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.

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Join a weekly dialogue group!

Sustained Dialogue recognizes the need for cross-cultural dialogue about the influence of race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and age on student experiences. Through this program, we seek to empower students to address---through dialogue and social action--the root causes of identity-related conflicts by creating a space where students undergo a process of sustained dialogue and become tomorrow's activists for positive social change.

Sustained Dialogue hosts weekly dialogue groups comprised of 8-12 students each and facilitated by a pair of student moderators. Each dialogue group explores topics of identity which are chosen by the group. Dialogues address different ways in which participants' unique social identities affect the ways they experience power, privilege, and oppression in our society. Dialogue groups begin the week of January 26th, so register for one today!

Join a weekly dialogue group!

Spring 2015 events and programs:

Sustained Dialogue groups begin
January 26, 2015
Three meeting time options:
Mondays at 3:30 pm, Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, or Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

February 4, 2015
SUB 233/235, 5:30 pm

Safe Zone Module 1 Workshop
February 17, 2015
Strand Union Building, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Safe Zone Module 2 Workshop
February 24, 2015
Strand Union Building, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Public Dialogue
February 25, 2015
6:00 pm

De-Stereotype Me Day
February 11 and 12, 2015
Strand Union Building

Safe Zone Module 1 Workshop: Awareness and Education
March 19, 2015
Strand Union Building, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Safe Zone Module 3 Workshop: Unpacking and Undoing Individual Heterosexism
March 25, 2015
Strand Union Building, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Public Dialogue
March 31, 2015
6:00 pm

Safe Zone Module 2 Workshop: Ally Development
April 2, 2015
Strand Union Building, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Diversity Awards presented at the Day of Student Recognition
April 16, 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day
April 19, 2015