Jan Strout at the U.S. Social Forum
Jan Strout is an instructor in the College of Letters & Science. Her professional career has been dedicated to creating a better, more just world for all to thrive and to help develop leadership and engagement in others, especially students. While teaching CLS 101, the college’s first-year seminar, Strout has used classroom assignments and activities to introduce engagement activities on campus and beyond to her students.
During her more than 20 years in higher education, she has directed women’s centers and taught part-time at Princeton and Montana State Universities. She also has worked in progressive philanthropy as an executive director and program and development officer in New York and Seattle. As an advocate for gender equity and social justice, she has organized political participation campaigns with underrepresented women for Montana Women Vote and the National Organization for Women since 2004.
Her passion for global women’s human rights and justice, multicultural understanding and leadership development resulted in the co-creation of the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, a NGO non-governmental organization where she has coordinated and led women’s research and citizen-diplomacy delegations to Latin American for the past 25 years. She also serves on the boards of the National Organization for Women, U.S. Social Forum Gender Justice Committee, U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, co-chairs Bozeman Business and Professional Women’s Legislative Committee and represents CLS Seminar Program faculty on the AFMSU NTT Union.