American Indian Student Services (AISS) is dedicated to Native American enrollment, achievement, and success at UM. AISS provides academic, social, domestic, and cultural support systems throughout the year. Through partnerships with various academic departments and student support services, students are also provided with many resources.
These services include:
UM has a long tradition of welcoming and valuing international students to our campus and community. There are over 450 students from 74 different foreign countries studying at UM. FSSS works with the International Student Association and other student groups, as well as the Missoula International Friendship Program to sponsor cultural activities, a speaker’s bureau, a community hospitality program, leadership opportunities for students, the annual International Culture and Food Festival (see Traditional Campus Events), and UM Global Partners.
This is a free service which pairs a new foreign student in the first semester on campus with a Global Partner – an experienced UM student. The Partners help foreign students adjust to life on campus, Missoula, American culture, and provide a friendly ear to help ease culture shock. The program does not require expert knowledge of all facets of campus life, life in Missoula, experience with foreign students or foreign language skills. However, interest in foreign cultures and an open mind about cultural differences are essential.
The UM Allies Program promotes a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals and heterosexual supporters. Often referred to as Allies, training sessions are offered each semester where UM Allies educate new and potential Allies regarding issues of concern to the LGBTIQ community
Diversity Programming provides educational and entertaining cultural events, workshops, classes, and more that encourage personal growth, and works to create a campus environment that embodies diversity and equality.
The University offers a number of opportunities for students to become involved in a cultural group/organization. For additional information see the Student Group Listing.