Formed in 1991, the Diversity Advisory Council at The University of Montana works to improve communication, education and relations among people of various races, physical conditions, religions, national origins, citizenship, genders, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientation.
Faculty, staff and students each contribute five representatives to the council, and one member comes from Missoula College UM. They are joined by 14 administrative representatives. All told, council membership comprises about 30 people, with most appointed by the UM president.
The council oversees a $10,000 budget and directly sponsors many diversity-related events. It also reviews and makes recommendations about UM policies and procedures that affect diversity issues. In addition, the council creates reports on diversity at UM and works to disseminate news and achievements about the University’s diversity-related programs and activities.
DAC meetings are open to everyone, and typically there is widespread participation in DAC activities.