2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

American Indian Outreach and Diversity Center

LA 210, (406) 657-2144, (406) 896-5902, (406) 657-2182
www.msubillings.edu/americanindian

The American Indian Outreach office assists American Indian students in making academic, cultural, and social adjustments to Montana State University Billings.  Activities include social gatherings, student clubs, celebrations of cultural holidays, workshops, and a professional network called Intertribal Clan Mothers.  The annual celebrations of the American Indian Heritage Day, Veterans Medicine Wheel, and Pow Wow exemplify the collaboration of campus and community effort to recognize the importance of cultural opportunities for students at MSUB.  The staff provide individualized assistance in managing academic and social responsibilities while also creating internships for all majors that are relevant to the American Indian community.

This campus recognizes and has a commitment to cultural diversity that is demonstrated by the American Indian Outreach office and the Diversity Center.  The staff of both offices join forces to provide advocacy for students, referral to other Student Affairs and MSU Billings programs including Native American Studies, and serve as a liaison with tribal educational representatives and other community organizations.  The American Indian Outreach office also collaborates with the Montana Indian Athletics Hall of Fame, School District #2 Indian Education Office, and all student support services on campus.

The Diversity Center is committed to providing a welcoming campus environment for all students.  The Diversity Center fosters social and professional opportunities for all students interested in cultural experiences, cross-cultural training for staff members, and advocacy for any minority student such as race, creed, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  The mission of this office is to ensure we are meeting the various needs of all students through fair and equal representation and opportunity.  We offer student groups and leadership opportunities for Hispanic, African American, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students.

Intertribal Indian Club is open to all interested students.  The Intertribal Indian Club is a student organization, established to assist American Indian students in their adjustment to university life, to promote scholastic ability, and to foster pride in the cultural heritage of American Indians.  The Club is involved with the planning and sponsorship of the annual Pow Wow, the largest student-sponsored campus event.  Other activities include social events that are culturally appropriate to share in a campus environment such as dances, Native games, documentary films, and Native cuisine.

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