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Creating a dynamic learning environment is a multi-faceted endeavor that involves actions in many parts of the University. Campus opportunities offer students a chance to become more self-aware of their knowledge and skills so that they can become an authentic leader.

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment (AE) is your connection to a variety of UM programs that will enrich your education with real-world experience. Visit our website to discover a myriad of opportunities to enhance your education outside the classroom.

Visit our website to discover a myriad of opportunities to enhance your education, outside the classroom.

Offices and programs available to you:

Internship Services

Office for Civic Engagement

Study Abroad

Undergraduate Research & Creative Scholarship

National Student Exchange

Other opportunities include:

  • Montana and U.S. Field Experiences
  • Student Leadership
  • Conferences and Lectures
  • Scholarships

UM Advocates

The UM Advocates are a student group celebrating over 40 years promoting and serving the UM and Missoula community. The Advocates are composed of 100+ members representing some of UM’s finest leaders. Advocates are best known on campus as the students responsible for providing prospective students and families with campus tours, assisting during orientations., and promoting the University to outside constituents. Advocates serve currently enrolled students and various campus offices and departments as well. Advocates build community among members by providing opportunities to develop professional and organizational skills. Recruitment takes place in the middle of fall semester. For more information stop by the Knowles Hall Office or the Admissions Office located in the Lommasson Center.

Office for Civic Engagement (OCE)

The Office for Civic Engagement (OCE), a program of the Davidson Honors College, serves as a primary agent of community activism and civic responsibility. The OCE operates various programs for students to get involved in the community through extra-curricular volunteerism, service learning connected to academic coursework, and AmeriCorps national service. The OCE also hires student employees to serve as project coordinators for various community service projects implemented throughout the year such as Alternative Breaks, America Reads/America Counts, and Volunteer Fairs. Check out the website, call, or email for more information on how you can get involved and make a positive difference in the community. 

  • The Fall Volunteer Fair :
    • September 10-11, 2013
    • 10AM-2PM in the UC atrium.
  • The Spring Volunteer Fair :
    • February 11-12, 2014
    • 10AM-2PM in the UC Atrium.

Peers Reaching Out (PROs)

Located in the east end of Curry Health Center, PROs are student peer health educators from diverse majors and backgrounds who earn academic credit and gain valuable experience as leaders in student health. Among other things, PROs create, present, and facilitate interactive programs, talk with individual students about health, and provide health resources at campus events.

Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) Peers / The Peer Club

  • (406) 243-2835
  • Lommasson Center Room 269

The UAC Peers are a group of students selected and trained to supplement the advising of professional staff, leading students through the initial phases of academic planning and course selection. As fellow students, Peers are an ideal fit to guide a new student through the intricacies of CyberBear, the online catalog and schedule, or recommend the ideal instructor for a particular class. Peers have “been there, done that”, and are willing to share experiences. The Peer Club is a subset of the UAC Peers designed to encourage the sense of camaraderie and civic engagement often shared by peers.

Student Advocacy Resource Center Volunteers (SARC)

SARC is located in the east entrance of the Curry Health Center. SARC volunteers support and empower survivors of discrimination and interpersonal violence through a peer-based advocacy model. Trained volunteers are responsible for advocacy during weekly walk-in hours as well as staffing our 24-hour support line. See our website for the recruitment schedule.

Residence Life

The Residence Life Office encourages all students living on-campus to get involved in their residence hall community to enrich their educational experience at UM. Students can get involved at the monthly, campus-wide ‘Hall Brawls’ in which each residence hall will compete for a traveling trophy to show their community has the best spirit on-campus. Ask your RA for details!

The Residence Life Office provides a variety of employment opportunities for students that combine real life job experience with student involvement.

These great student staff opportunities include:

  • Resident Assistants
  • Village Assistants
  • Community Assistants
  • Head Residents
  • Assistant Head Residents
  • Student Custodians
  • Desk Attendants, and
  • Resident Technology Assistants

For complete job descriptions please visit the Residence Life website

University Center Leadership Programs

The UC’s Leadership Programs prepare students for leadership on campus and in the community.

Griz Lead offers workshops for student leaders involved in clubs, organizations, and ASUM. The workshops cover a plethora of topics ranging from budgeting to team building. To learn more visit the UC website.

Outstanding Student Leader Award is given to two students each year who exhibit ethical and creative leadership, promote a positive campus climate, and are in good academic standing. Recipients of this award may receive an in-state tuition waiver sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs for one semester.

Sentinel Service Award, sponsored by the President’s Office, recognizes a student organization that has performed an altruistic, community service activity benefiting UM or the greater Missoula community. The organization is awarded a $500 stipend.

The Annual Student Leadership Conference, held in November, provides dynamic, hands-on workshops exploring topics ranging from effective communication and ethical leadership, to civic engagement and diversity issues.