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UM Joins the It Gets Better Project

The University of Montana strives to provide a supportive environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation.

That’s why several members of the Associated Students of UM, along with University administrators, faculty and staff recently joined the It Gets Better Project.

The project was starting in September 2010 by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage. He created a YouTube video with his partner, Terry, to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to several students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

Two months later, the It Gets Better Project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 5,000 user-created videos and more than 15 million views.

UM joined the effort in November, creating 14 videos that feature ASUM President Ashleen Williams, UM President Royce Engstrom, other campus administrators, faculty, staff and students telling their stories and pledging to make UM a tolerant and supportive environment for all.

To view the UM It Gets Better videos, visit the official UM YouTube channel at

To learn more about the It Gets Better Project, visit