Institutional Diversity Plan

At the University of Montana, inclusive excellence is not just a strategic goal we choose to continually pursue but also an ongoing moral imperative, an ethical obligation, and a matter of institutional survival. As a public-serving institution committed to access and equal opportunity, UM must continually design itself to foster inclusive prosperity for all, a goal that is inextricably linked to our aspiration to be a flagship for the future. To read the UM DEI Plan visit

Definition of Diversity

The following definition of diversity does not limit but provides a context for this Plan.

The University of Montana seeks to enhance diversity by recognizing and embracing the differences in age, ideas and perspectives, disabilities, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, and the socioeconomic and geographic composition of its faculty, administrative professionals, staff, and students.

In its effort to enhance diversity, the University of Montana recognizes that particular focused effort must be placed on including members of groups who have historically been subject to discrimination and are still underrepresented in the campus community.

Laws and Policy

The Diversity Plan is consistent with the Board of Regents Minority Achievement Policy 1902, as well as Article X, Section 1 of the Montana Constitution of 1972 and Montana statutory law regarding Indian Education for All.

Nothing in this Diversity Plan infringes on academic freedom.