Branch Center

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About the Branch Center

Located on the second floor of the University Center, in what used to be the Student Organization Suite, The Branch Center is the space for student diversity and inclusion at the University of Montana.The Branch center is a space dedicated to promoting respectful and collaborative dialogue, programming, and resources, in an effort to foster understanding, support, and inclusion for underrepresented students. 

The Branch Center is dedicated to Dr. Theresa Branch, former vice president of Student Affairs, who wanted to create a place on campus which celebrated diversity. Branch served from 2003 to 2016 as the first female African-American in the position.

Contact Information

Dr. Salena Beaumont Hill
Director of Inclusive Excellence
Branch Center (UC 201), Suite 206
(406) 243-5776


Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Second Floor of the UC

Diversity Student Groups in the Branch Center

Please Note: The above is not an exhaustive list of diversity groups on campus, just those who currently have offices in the Branch Center. For more diversity student groups not located in the Branch Center, please visit our Language & Culture and Race & Ethnicity pages.

Branch Center Smudge Space

The Smudge Space is a designated space (UM Policy #1016) for the UM campus community to smudge. Smudging is a traditional practice used by Indigenous people for prayer or to cleanse a person or place by burning sacred plants. The UM campus community is invited to use this space and provides smudging items for use.