Exhibit Topics

Autism – SCHWA

Autism is a common and complex disorder of brain development that manifests itself through varying degrees of difficulty with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. It is estimated that 1 in 68 American children exhibit symptoms of autism. This exhibit explores the challenges autism creates for students in a classroom setting. 

Immigration – Griz for UNICEF

Large scale Mexican migration to the United States began in the early 20th century, motivated by labor demands in the United States and political unrest in Mexico. Since then, US immigration laws have become extremely complex. While many people do go through the legal immigration processes, there is a growing illegal entry movement across the U.S. / Mexico border. This exhibit puts participants in the shoes of the illegal immigrants and challenges them to examine the reasoning behind their willingness to endure harsh treks across the desert and the injustices of American immigration policies.

Women’s Health – Planned Parenthood Leaders and Advocates

This exhibit explores the barriers women face when trying to access healthcare, and encourages participants to understand the stigma surrounding family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Cat Calling – Student Involvement Network

Cat calling and street harassment is something women experience almost every day, yet many people don’t see it as a serious issue because “it’s a compliment.” This exhibit will help participants experience how cat calling is demeaning and harmful. In addition, when it’s left unchecked it can perpetuate violence against women, and the room hopes to bring awareness to this issue.

Bystander Intervention – Advocates for Non Violence

Have you ever witnessed a fight? Or thought someone was being taken advantage of? A bystander is anyone who observes an emergency or distressful situation. People tend to struggle with intervening because they are worried they may have misjudged the situation or that someone else will step in. This exhibit challenges participants to examine their own behaviors as a bystander.

Microaggressions towards Native Students – Kyi-yo

A microaggression is a form of unintended discrimination that, while without conscious choice of the user, has the same effect as intended discrimination. Native students face microaggressions everyday and this exhibit gives participants a first hand look at how harmful these “harmless” comments can be.

Homophobia – UM Allies

Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes, feelings, and behaviors towards people who identify as LGBT. This room will show participants the realities of homophobia and how dangerous it can be by referencing the abduction and murder of Matthew Sheppard in 1998.

Veteran’s Representation – Students for Peace and Justice

There are currently 21.8 million veterans living in the United States. 100,000 of them live right here in Montana. These men and women are extremely diverse, but are often over generalized and stereotyped. This room offers insight into the complexities of the veteran experience.