Additional Development Opportunities

Webinars and online courses

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Mini-Courses

All three courses meet online during a five-week period, are highly interactive, and designed for business professionals interested in gaining an introduction to DEI theory and practices. They introduce participants to key concepts and methods for effective promotion and development of DEI principles in the workplace. 

Courses are taught by Theresa Floyd, associate professor of management; Elizabeth Hubble, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Director; and Tobin Miller Shearer, African-American Studies program director. 

AAST 491: Dismantling Institutional Racism: From Theory to Practice (8/19-9/21)
This course introduces students to the research-based and field-tested terms, concepts and principles to dismantle institutional racism. 

WGSS 491: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Theory and Formation (9/21-10/23)
This course will explore historical and contemporary concepts of gender and sexuality, and present key theories of privilege, identity and intersectionality (especially of race, class, gender and sexuality) to prepare participants for effective implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational contexts.

BGEN 491: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Inclusive Organization (10/26-11/25)
The goals of this class are to explore and develop our understanding of discrimination and marginalization in our business institutions in the U.S., identify causes and practical solutions, and equip ourselves to be the change agents who implement diversity, equity and inclusion in the organizations where we work.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing course

This free, self-based course is being offered by Johns Hopkins University for those who want to learn about the science of COVID-19 and contract tracing.

Montana Work Smart Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Learn to successfully advocate for yourself and negotiate — and help close the pay gap for women everywhere. Understand how to research a target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words—and the confidence—to negotiate for better benefits and pay. Open to the entire campus community and recent graduates, UM's Office of Organizational Learning & Development and Experiential Learning & Career Success are partnering with AAUW to offer this Work Smart workshop. Workshops fill quickly, so please register in advance.

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Online Course

The difference between what an average woman working full-time is paid compared to the average man. American women earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts, a pay gap of 20 percent. Black and Hispanic women earn even less. Even just one year out of college, women are paid 18 percent less than men. While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Men are four times more likely to negotiate their starting salary, and negotiations on average result in higher pay. Learning to confidently negotiate your salary will help ensure you earn the pay and benefits you deserve. All ages and genders are welcome. 

COVID-19 and your finances--UM Financial Education Program

Many in our community are feeling the financial fallout from this pandemic. Financial Education will be offering Zoom sessions to inform our community about financial relief available, including through the CARES Act. Open to students and employees, the following sessions will help explain details of this emergency relief act and what it means for student loan interest, forgiveness, and repayment.

Information Technology Short Courses

IT offers short courses on accessibility, payroll in Banner, GrizMart, UApprove, the Work Order System, UM Box, Software Asset and Electronic File Management, Cascade and Website Development. Brady Schwertfeger, Facilities Services, is also willing to hold trainings for departments on the Work Order System upon request.

Microsoft Office Online Training

This series, offered by IT, provides some quick refreshers on Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

This 45 minute online module introduces common threats to digital security and ways to guard against intrusions.

On campus training

CANCELLED: UM Allies Training

UM Allies trainings for Spring 2020 have been cancelled.

For more information, to schedule a departmental training, or if you have difficulties registering, please contact Jaz Dierenfield at or (406) 243-5776.

CANCELLED: Community Action Poverty Simulation

CANCELLED: Thursday, April 9, 2:00-5:00pm, ALi Auditorium, RSVP required.

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day - the decisions they have to make, and the fears & frustrations they feel. Walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). If you are interested in volunteering at the event, contact Amanda Caesar at 406-549-0543 or 


The University of Montana's annual diversity symposium, DiverseU is a campus-wide series of events held each fall on topics of diversity.