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University of Montana

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone
(406) 243-0211
Email address
admiss@umontana.edu
School Information
"Think critically. Live ethically. Explore creatively. These are the ideals to which our students, faculty, researchers and staff aspire. As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large. "The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training. "Our main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and along the Clark Fork River, and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites, one just across the river from the main campus, and one on the southwest side of Missoula." The university enrolls over 11,000 students, has a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, first-professional, and doctoral degrees, as well as technical certificates. (Source: https://www.umt.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.umt.edu/admissions/um-facts.php)
General Information
Although the university's leadership has encouraged students to take certain courses and donate to advocacy groups, as well as providing ample anti-racism resources. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The School of Social Work declared its commitment to anti-racism and proceeded to provide a list of its principles.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In response to the BLM protests in 2020, the university is offering three anti-racism courses, which include topics such as "dismantling Racism in predominantly white institutions, The New Jim Crow to Back Lives Matter, and a survey of African American History."
Resources
  • The university president encouraged students to donate to the African American Studies Program, the Diana Riley Fund, and the Diversity Advisory Council on Juneteenth.
  • Students were also encouraged by the university president to engage in "self-education" by taking summer courses such as "The New Jim Crow to Black Lives Matter" and "Dismantling Racism: From Theory to Practice".
  • The university's library compiled a list of anti-racist resources which included links to bail funds and books such as "Rules for Revolutionaries" and "Tweets and Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism".
  • The university offers an online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certificate program which consists of courses such as "Dismantling Institutional Racism: From Theory to Practice."
Symbolic Actions
  • University leadership (the president's cabinet) was considering ways to "embed anti-racist, inclusion, and equity work into our operating rhythm, policies, and practices."
  • An "antiracist" TikToker posted a story online calling out a professor at the University of Montana.
  • The Associated Students of the University of Montana established an anti-racism audit of ASUM and "recommended departments introduce content warnings in classrooms" at its April 6 meeting. A $5,000 down payment was allocated to a third-party consulting group to conduct the audit.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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