Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Plan
Leaders of Montana State University’s Black Student Union, student organizations representing students of color, and select members of MSU administration have been working together over the past few months to draft a working plan for addressing the needs and concerns of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students at MSU.
- Invited a group of student leaders of the Black Student Union, Fuerza Latinx, American Indian Council, international students, and student government, along with university leaders, to meet regarding students' racial equity concerns.
- This BIPOC action planning group met weekly throughout the fall semester to move through this planning and development phase.
- Met with key stakeholders across the university to discuss specific student challenges, identify barriers and opportunities, and exchange ideas.
- Drafted goals and actions that would capture the energy and intentions of the university community.
- Developed and presented a drafted action plan with university leaders who are members of Leadership Council.
- Establish implementation team.
- Organize actions; add details about status of work.
- Discuss timing and strategic considerations for all actions.
- Reword and combine actions as needed for prioritization.
- Prioritize actions, summarize priorities, and select top three priorities.
- Establish timelines and metrics for actions.
- Route priorities to the individuals responsible for each.
- Update Diversity Council and begin monthly updates.
The process of drafting this plan has included delving into specific student challenges, consulting with key campus partners and collaborators to identify barriers and opportunities, exchanging ideas with many individuals, student organizations, and campus groups, and drafting goals and actions that would capture the energy and intentions of the university community.
Frequently Asked Questions
BIPOC is an acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. It is a term that is used to refer inclusively to members of these racial and ethnic identity groups.
Leaders of Montana State University’s Black Student Union, student organizations representing students of color, and select members of MSU administration have been working together since the summer of 2020 to draft a working plan for addressing the needs and concerns of BIPOC students. The actions were drafted collaboratively by this team, followed by consultation with key campus partners to identify barriers and opportunities. This group exchanged ideas with many individuals, student organizations, and campus groups. The result was a draft action plan from which these three priorities were systematically selected.
Advancing this work is the responsibility of every member of the university community. We encourage you to engage with our Diversity Development Certificate to explore the ways your identity impacts your work, familiarize yourself with the resources available in this area, and work with your colleagues and supervisors to discuss how your unit/department can advance these goals. If you would like to contribute to a specific goal listed above, please contact the individual responsible for that action to learn more about how you might get involved.