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MSU community education class helps people understand diversity

October 21, 2010

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A new three-session Montana State University class that will help people in all professions learn more about working with people from diverse backgrounds begins Nov. 3.

"Working with Diverse Groups" will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov 3; Monday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 10. The cost is $98. The class is open to all, and is ideal for teachers, social service and healthcare workers, business professionals, clergy, community volunteers, students and international travelers. Discounts are available for organizations that send three or more people.

The instructor is Phenocia Bauerle, an MSU graduate and Crow tribal member who works in MSU's Diversity Awareness Office.

"While the population of the Gallatin Valley is over 90 percent Caucasian, it's easy to miss the diversity that exists within our own community," Bauerle said. "Understanding cultural and social difference is important as we become more active members of a global society."

Bauerle said the course will draw upon experiences of Native Americans and the valley's growing immigrant population to explore issues of communication and interaction that often arise with cultural differences. Participants will discuss issues of race, culture, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation and ability.

For more information or to register, visit or call (406) 994-6683. To learn about upcoming classes from Extended University, follow MSUExtendedU on Twitter.

Lesa Pribyl, (406) 994-7441,