Helena College Diversity Committee’s

University of Montana's President's Lecture Series


This year’s President’s Lecture Series will consist of eight talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. The University community and general public are cordially invited to attend all the lectures
Admission is free.
Now Available on Missoula Community Access
Television (MCAT)

"What Is the Legacy of the 1960s?"

(In collaboration with the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship)
Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin

Professor of History, Georgetown University

Michael Kazin, who in 1983 received a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to joining the Georgetown history department, he taught at American University in Washington, D.C. An expert on 19th- and 20th-century U.S. politics and social movements, he has published the following books:

              Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era (1987)

              The Populist Persuasion: An American History (1995)

              America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (1999, co-authored with Maurice Isserman)

              A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (2006)

              American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation (2011)

He currently is at work on “War against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the American Peace Movement, 1914-1918.

Professor Kazin is the editor-in-chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (2010) and The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (2011). With Joseph McCartin, he is the co-editor of Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal (2006). He is co-editor of Dissent, a leading magazine of the American left.

This presentation is available at: mcat.org, channel 189

Special Olympics

Helena will host the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament November 13-15. There are many ways that a person can volunteer and be part of this great event. You don’t need to know anything about basketball to be a great volunteer. There are many opportunities that don’t require a lot of time.

Goody-bag stuffers, referees, time-keepers, lunch assembly & delivery, merchandise sales, carnival activities-- there is something for everyone.

The website makes it very easy to pick an event, location and timeslot.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Therese Collette,


Helena College Diversity Committee's


Online Programming for December:

Custer National Forest


Montana Mosaic: The Archie Bray - Contemporary Art in Montana

has produced an astounding number of artists and authors: from the native rock-art inscriber to Charles Russell to A.B. Guthrie Jr. and James Welch. Montana’s artists attest to the influence that the state’s landscape plays in their inspiration and creations. ‘The land’ inspires artists of all disciplines: the Montana Indian decorating a hide tepee; the country-western singer in a Livingston bar; the landscape painter in Glacier National Park; the potter at Helena’s Bray Foundation; the Billings mystery writer. Montana provokes art.


Montana Mosaic: Ethnic Diversity in Montana

Montana is a state populated by waves of immigrants who joined the American Indians who find their creation stories in the state.  Mining, trapping, logging, agriculture, and political unrest in other parts of the world are just some of the reasons people move to Montana.  But this is not a phenomenon that is over...immigration is very much a 21st Century issue in Montana which shares a very long, unguarded border with Canada.  Old immigrants join new immigrants in bringing their traditions and cultures with them and celebrate them to keep their ethnicity alive.


Facing Muslim Stereotypes After September 11 | Finding Your Roots

This segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots provides a look at Muslim stereotypes and anti-Muslim sentiments following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Sheik Yasir Qadhi reflects on his personal experiences with anti-Muslim feelings and the injustice of stereotypes.


Go to the Helena College Diversity Committee or the Library webpage for links to these videos.

 Helena College’s Statement on Diversity

Mission: At Helena College, we recognize and accept each individual is a unique combination of thoughts, beliefs (religious, political and ideological), socio-economic status, race (biological), ethnicity (cultural), age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities, and we value these differences through shared governance, program offerings and collegiate activities.

Diversity Core Values:
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Understanding
  • Recognition
  • Inclusion

Vision: To have a college committed to embracing the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

About the Diversity Committee:

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Dean’s Office, Student Services, Fiscal/Plant, Academics, and Student Senate.

The scope of the Committee, which includes a Committee Chair, a Program Coordinator, and an Academic Liaison, is to integrate diversity into all aspects of the college, including

  • Admissions/enrollment Practices
  • Recruitment and employment practices
  • Communications, publications, and promotions
  • Programming, both academic and institutional
  • Institutional organizations, services, and events
  • Community partnerships

Committee Members:

  • Therese Collette
  • Della Dubbe
  • Laura Gifreda
  • Brenda Johnson
  • Robyn Kiesling
  • Debra Rappaport
  • Tammy Steckler
  • Joyce Walborn, Chair