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Diversity Matters

October 2021

The month of October is LGBT History month! This month, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and highlight some of the resources for learning more about and supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Bozeman and at MSU. Click here to learn more about LGBT History Month.

**This year, we are following the National Heritage Month calendar as we choose each newsletter’s theme. Each edition of Diversity Matters will highlight the various histories and cultures celebrated for that month.**
Meet our Graduate Student Representative for the CLS DEI Committee

Lyla Brown!

Active in the Black Student Union and a recipient of the African American Leaders in the Pacific Northwest, Lyla graduated last year with an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology and is currently a graduate student in Adult and Higher Education. Her research, which she began as an undergraduate, focuses on DEI efforts across the Big Sky Conference, helping us all to better understand the changing landscape of DEI work and to be forward-thinking in our student support efforts. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for Education and Mentorship in the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC). In that role, she manages the Safe Zone Education program and co-manages the AIM mentorship program. Click here to hear more from Lyla! 



Program Spotlight


All Inclusive Mentoring (AIM)

The Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons (DISC) offers mentoring opportunities for students identifying with a wide variety of underrepresented identities- including but not limited to LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, varying ability statuses, religious/spiritual affiliations- to be paired with faculty, staff, or other students as mentors.


The goal of this mentoring program is to create supportive relationships that foster students’ sense of belonging and connectedness within the MSU community.

Link to more information about AIM

We have arranged a special Safe Zone training specifically for the College of Letters and Science! We will start with Module 1: Awareness and Education with the goal of hosting Module 2: Ally Development and Module 3: Unpacking and Undoing Individual Heterosexism and Transnegativity later in the year. 

CLS Safe Zone Module 1: Awareness and Education
RSVP Required
November 8, 3-5pm
SUB 233
RSVP for CLS Safe Zone Module 1

LGBTQ+ Resources at MSU
Below are some LGBTQ+ resources that MSU offers.
  • LGBTQ Resource Directory - The MSU LGBTQ+ Resource Directory provides a list of education, advocacy, and support resources for students identifying as LGBTQ+ or allies seeking information and resources.
  • Queer Straight Alliance - The Queer Straight Alliance at MSU is dedicated to providing safety and a sense of community to LGBTQ+ students, community members, and allies at MSU and in the Bozeman area.
  • oSTEM - oSTEM stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. oSTEM at MSU is committed to supporting and empowering LGBTQIA+ people in STEM fields to succeed personally, academically, and professionally.
  • Gender Neutral Bathroooms at MSU
  • Queer Faculty and Staff Association - QFSA is a network that aims to develop a supportive community for faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQ.
  • WGSS 378- LGBTQ Studies
LGBTQ+ Resources in Bozeman and the Northwest
Below are a few LGBTQ+ resources that are available in Bozeman and the Northwest.
Click here for a more comprehensive list created by Professor of Political Science, Paul Lachapelle.

Dr. Paul Lachapelle, professor in Political Science and founder of Rainbows Over the Rockies, has developed a list of information and resources for LGBTQ+ communities in our area. We appreciate the work he has done to curate these resources for all of us.
Africana Studies Development Meeting
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion and College of Letters & Science invite all faculty, tenure-track and non-tenure track, who are interested in the development of an Africana Studies certificate program, to convene in a working meeting during the week of November 1-5.

The primary goals of this working meeting are: 1) to identify the learning outcomes of the certificate program; and 2) to decide on the basic structure of the certificate program (e.g., how many credits are needed to earn the certificate, how many core courses should be included, etc.). While leadership from the College of Letters & Science are organizing this working meeting, it remains our goal that this certificate program is university wide, faculty and student driven. We need faculty to attend and address these goals so that we can move the proposal forward.

If you are interested in participating, please send a reply to, no later than October 22nd, so that you can be included in a subsequent doodle poll to identify the date for the working meeting.
Congratulations to these MSU grads and current students for being awarded the 2021 25 Under 25 awards. Each year, Forward Montana Foundation highlights 25 Montanans under the age of 25 that are shaping Montana through their work, their vision, and their perseverance. Pictured from top left to bottom right are Anaya Paschal, senior, majoring in ecology; Carlee Baker, CLS graduate with degrees in English and political science; Eliza Donahue, CLS graduate with a liberal studies degree with a focus on environmental justice & Native American studies; Jessica Brito, senior, majoring in psychology; Katie Fire Thunder, sophomore, majoring in political science and minoring in Native American studies; Mayuri Singh, senior, dual majoring in chemical engineering and biological engineering.
Research Corner
As an ongoing feature, we hope to regularly highlight the faculty and research in CLS that inform our knowledge of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This month we feature Dr. Wendy Stock, professor of Economics, in the department of Agricultural Economics and Economics. 

Equality Pays: Equal Pay Laws and Women’s Life Choices” by Wendy Stock and Pamela Meyerhofer, postdoctoral researcher. 

Abstract: Improved labor market opportunities for women increase returns to human capital investments and the opportunity cost of marriage and childbearing. This paper uses 1940-1980 U.S. Census data to examine whether equal pay laws designed to reduce sex discrimination influenced women’s educational, marital, and fertility decisions. We exploit variation in state-level equal pay laws in place prior to the federal Equal Pay and Civil Rights Acts to compare outcomes among young women who came of age in states with sex discrimination laws in place to those of similar women in states without such laws. Our findings indicate that women who grew up in states with equal pay laws are more likely to attend and complete college than their counterparts in other states. They are also less likely to marry and have children, and more likely to delay marriage and childbearing if they do become wives and mothers. To our knowledge, this is the first paper to examine the impact of antidiscrimination laws on women’s educational, marital, and fertility choices, and we find that antidiscrimination laws have impacts for women that extend beyond the labor market.
Weekly Wednesdays Faculty Friends Fifteen

Sara Rushing, Political Science, has initiated a weekly get-together for Faculty Across MSU! Every Wednesday, from 12:50-1:10, faculty are gathering on Romney Lawn. It’s just 15(ish) minutes once a week to drop by Romney Oval lawn and see faculty friends (old, or yet to be made). Say hi, share some good news, vent about the turkeys who are getting you down, stare at your shoes, stare at the sky, breathe air for a few minutes and feel a little fellowship. Stay for 15 minutes, or for 5. This is a very free form situation!

Gathering together is necessary for community. Community is key to inclusivity. Thank you, Sara, for bringing our faculty together!

(And be watching for future gatherings for all of our CLS community.)

Upcoming Events for All

10/8 - 10/18 - Illumination of Teepees on Peet's Hill - Indigenous Peoples Day
10/13 - MSU Women's Center Sack Lunch: What Does a Scientist Look Like?
10/13 - SafeZone Module Three Public Workshop
10/16 - Grand Opening of the American Indian Hall
10/19 - Black Montana: Settler Colonialism and the Erosion of the Racial Frontier, 1877-1930
10/25 - Diversity Workshop - DIV 110 Intersectionality & Privilege
10/25 - Community Roundtable on Equity & Inclusion
10/26  - SafeZone, Module One Public Workshop
10/27 - Academic Elitism: The Impact of the University System on Black Students
11/02 - SafeZone Module Two Public Workshop
11/03 - Seminar 7: Diversity in Health Professions
11/09 - SafeZone Module Three Public Meeting

Faculty & Staff Trainings

10/14 - Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 3
10/27 - Inclusive Pedagogy Series Workshop 2: Universal Design for Learning
10/28 - Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 4
11/04 - Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 5
11/10 - Inclusive Pedagogy Series Workshop 3: Trauma Informed Pedagogy Panel
11/14 - Welcoming Tribal College Students - Workshop 6

We know many student, staff, and faculty groups supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion are active in our College. We'd like to spotlight your organizations!  Please email us at or click the button below so that we can share, support, celebrate, and be inspired by your good work.
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