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Sarah Calhoun
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Sarah Calhoun

Sarah Calhoun is the founder of Red Ants Pants, a venture borne of a determination to find a better way. Tired of working in uncomfortable men’s pants, Sarah saw the need for women’s workwear. With no experience in apparel design or business, Sarah built Red Ants Pants into a multi-platform brand dedicated to making great products and encouraging self-reliance among women.

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S.E.A. Change Initiative for UM Students

Made possible by a generous seed gift from Dennis and Gretchen Eck, the S.E.A. Change Initiative for UM Students is a new program that will prepare students to be change-drivers and next-generation leaders who champion gender equity.

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Brynn Molloy

Associate Athletic Director, Brynn Molloy runs the show on game days. When she’s not creating amazing in-game experiences, she’s busy overseeing the Athletic Department’s Marketing and Community Relations team, brand management, social media and Grizzly Fan Advisory Board.

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Micah Larsen
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The Weight of Womanhood

For entrepreneur Micah Larsen, parenthood brought to light the burdens women carry.

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Kathryn Grady
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Encourage Girls to Code

Imagine a future where girls believe coding is for them. According to Kathryn Grady, Missoula native, coordinator of the Hour of Code for young Missoula County Public School students, mother, and Senior Account Executive for Certica, "the key is to engage them early."

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Change Begins at UM

Retired UM administrator Arlene Walker-Andrews looks back at her career and offers concrete recommendations on bringing about change.

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Jennifer Palmieri
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Jennifer Palmieri

Jennifer Palmieri served as communications director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Obama White House. Her book “Dear Madam President” is a powerful account of her experience in politics.

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Pursue Your Passion

The Pursue Your Passions program at UM builds educational, experimental and entrepreneurial programs for Montana women to create a more equitable, prosperous and collaborative futures for all. They support and provide the resources women need in order to pursue a career and launch a new business or non-profit.

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Kat Cowley
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Kat Cowley and the UM Food Pantry

Kat Cowley deals with another kind of safety crucial to those on and off campus – food security. Cowley is a Master of Public Administration graduate student and the student coordinator for the UM Food Pantry, which opened this past February.

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Shelagh More
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UMPD Officer Shelagh More

On the occasional morning, Shelagh More stands near the waffle iron in UM’s Food Zoo, striking up light conversation with students while they wait for breakfast.

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Student Advocacy Resource Center

The Student Advocacy Resource Center provides sexual assault prevention trainings and direct clinical services for all students. SARC’s comprehensive free and confidential services support those who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, bullying, intimidation or discrimination.

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Kat Cowley
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Alicia Arant and Equal Opportunity/Title IX

As UM’s Title IX coordinator and director of equal opportunity, Alicia Arant contributes to a safe campus as an enforcer of a bundle of state and federal civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Montana Human Rights Act.

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The Long Haul

For one UM alumna, a career in the male-dominated trucking industry took some Montana grit and a liberal arts degree.

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Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at the University of Montana is at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. WGSS brings together undergraduate students and faculty from almost...

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Natasha Kalonde

University of Montana senior Natasha Kalonde champions strengthening diversity on campus, stressing that “we need diversity in action.” Kalonde is majoring in history and political science, and compliments her studies with...

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S.E.A. Change Faculty Spotlight: Libby Metcalf

Libby Metcalf specializes in the ways humans interact with the natural environment, specifically how Montanans explore their own landscape.

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Women's Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is an expression of the University of Montana’s commitment to recognizing women’s contributions and their impacts as professionals in our community.

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Susan Hay Patrick
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Susan Hay Patrick

Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula, has a lot to say about many of the challenges facing our region, especially when it comes to the pillars of her organization – education, income and health.

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Introducing S.E.A. Change with Seth & Chelsea Bodnar, Anya Jabour and Beth Judy

In this special episode we introduce S.E.A. Change, a University of Montana initiative to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities facing our society as we seek equity for all women.

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 Jean Gee
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More Than a Title

When I introduce myself to someone new, outside of Athletics and they see my title, I often get the question, “what is a swah?” I return an equally quizzical look. They ask again, “Why do you have the letters SWA in your title….swah?” Oh, it then dawns on me... Senior Woman Administrator

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Clouds
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My Soul Is An Ocean

An accomplished and respected woman shares her story of trauma and its effects. Please note that this S.E.A. Change blog post includes a first-hand narrative of sexual assault, which may be triggering.

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Seth and Chelsea Bodnar
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The Importance of S.E.A. Change

Just over 100 years ago, the United States Senate voted to approve the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Over the course of the following year, the amendment was ratified by the states and became law across the country, officially giving American women the right to vote.

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Kat
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I Know My Worth

UM MPA student Kat Cowley serves as student coordinator of the UM Food Pantry and as a leader and role model for other women across campus and beyond.

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Elizabeth Harperschurman
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'Do Not Ever Change'

I was raised to be someone’s wife and have many children. Finishing high school was only semi-important, and college – let alone a four-year degree – was considered a waste of time. Unspoken but nurtured expectations from childhood that I was to be a wife and a mother still haunt me today.

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Taylor McDermott

Taylor McDermott, a UM alumna from rural Forsyth, Montana finds herself as a strategy and corporate development consultant for ATG in Missoula. She credits UM for her journey to becoming a young leader in the tech world.

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Kat Cowley
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Kat Cowley

UM alumna and MPA student Kat Cowley's pioneering leadership helped establish the Food Pantry at UM. We discuss her work at the Food Pantry and her personal experiences with food and housing insecurity.

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Nichole Heyer
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Nichole Heyer

Nichole Heyer is passionate about serving our neighbors in need and in the transformative power of education. She is Homeless Education Liasion for school districts in the Flathead Valley and the recent winner of national award for her advocacy in the area of homelessness.

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Micah Larsen
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Micah Larsen returns!

Persuasion expert Micah Larsen took a non-linear path to motherhood and having a child motivated a huge shift in her business – a specific and empathetic focus on helping women entrepreneurs succeed.

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Carol and Whitney Williams
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Carol and Whitney Williams

Mother-daughter duo Carol and Whitney Williams talk about the importance of public service, their family's political legacy and the future of women in politics.

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Joyce Dombrouski
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Joyce Dombrouski

Joyce Dombrouski, chief executive for the Montana Service Area for Providence Health & Services and MUS regent, discusses the parallel challenges facing health care and higher education in Montana.

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Pursue Your Passion
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Christine Littig & Morgan Slemberger

Christine Littig, a serial entrepreneur in the Missoula restaurant space, and Morgan Slemberger, associate director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UM, explain the Pursue Your Passions program, what it’s trying to accomplish and how we should assess its success.

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Brigitta Miranda-Free
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Brigitta Miranda-Free

As a prominent leader in the Montana economy, Brigitta Miranda-Freer is known for getting things done. We talk about her experience leading two important organizations in the Montana economy and her perspective on gender equity in the workplace and on campus.

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