UM to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Title IX with Series of Events

Students host the 2019 DiverseU on the UM campus.

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX with a series of events to celebrate equality, access and justice.

“The passage of Title IX in 1972 created educational opportunity for women not previously guaranteed by federal law,” said Alicia Arant, UM equal opportunity director and Title IX coordinator. “Over the past 50 years, the aspiration of Title IX has evolved from equal access to education to creating a culture of equity within education. Next week’s events encourage us to reflect upon the incredible impact of 50 years of Title IX, evaluate the law against current needs and challenges in higher ed, and envision how we might administer Title IX over the next 50 years.”  

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2, and running through Friday, Nov. 4, UM will host its annual DiverseU symposium to recognize this important anniversary.  The event will culminate with keynote presentations from Arant and UM law student Danielle Pease at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the University Center Ballroom.  A complete agenda of the DiverseU symposium can be found online.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Adams Center, the Grizzly volleyball team will host Portland State University. Grizzly Athletics is sponsoring a Title IX promotion that provides fans with the opportunity to purchase two game tickets for $9. Tickets for the match can be purchased online through GrizTix.

During the Grizzly football game on Saturday, Nov. 5, against California Polytechnic State University, Grizzly Athletics will show a video on Griz Vision to recognize the transformation Title IX has provided to college athletics and UM.

Through innovative initiatives like S.E.A. Change, UM has been a national leader on the advancement of equal opportunity and a force for positive social change since the passage of Title IX of the Education Act of 1972.


Contact: Dave Kuntz, UM director of strategic communication, 406-243-5659,