New Director of Student Services Joins Law School

Charity Atteberry

This spring the Blewett School of Law welcomed Charity Atteberry as the new director of student services.

In her career at the University of Montana, Atteberry has served as director of undergraduate advising in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, athletic academic advisor and life skills coordinator in Athletic Academic Services, academic success coach in TRIO Student Support Services, and adjunct faculty at UM. Before working in higher education, Atteberry was an elementary teacher and reading specialist for Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to her role in student support, Atteberry is actively engaged in Staff Senate, the Women's Leadership Initiative, Priority for Action 3: Mission First, People Always as well as Critical Advising Practices for Equity (CAPE) in addition to other committees and working groups on campus.

Atteberry studied vocal performance, music education and music therapy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at Drury University and earned her Master of Education degree in reading education at Concordia University-Chicago.

Currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at the University of Montana, Atteberry’s dissertation explores how female leaders serving in positions at variegated levels of an organization give meaning to their experiences with social power.

“I believe that the University of Montana can and should serve as the laboratory for progressive thinking about equity across stratifications as well as intersections of privilege and its absence,” said Atteberry.

In her role as director of student services, Atteberry looks forward to providing consistent and compassionate advising and fostering a network of effective support to promote community.

“I want students to engage in learning and experiential opportunities that positions them to become change agents in our communities, state and nation,” she said.