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

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Public Dialogue: Just a Costume?
October 28th, 2014
6:00 pm
SUB Ballroom A

Sustained Dialogue at MSU invites students, community members and MSU faculty and staff to join them for a public dialogue exploring the implications of Halloween costumes and how they potentially misrepresent cultures and enforce gender stereotypes.

Halloween is a night for fun, candy, costumes, and friends, but what happens when the fun takes an offensive turn? The evening will begin with speakers, both MSU students and faculty, contextualizing certain Halloween costume trends within broader historical and sociological themes.  Following the speakers' presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences with the topics in dialogue spaces moderated by Sustained Dialogue moderators.

Fall 2014 events and programs:

American Indian Heritage Day
September 26, 2014
MSU Centennial Mall, 11 am - 1:30 pm

Sustained Dialogue Facilitation Training
October 3-5, 2014

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

India Night
October 26, 2014
SUB Ballrooms, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Public Dialogue: Just a Costume?
October 28, 2014
SUB Ballroom A, 6:00 - 8:00 pm