Helena College Diversity Committee’s

The President's Lecture Series


This year’s President’s Lecture Series will consist of eight talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. The University community and general public are cordially invited to attend all the lectures
Admission is free.

Special Olympics

Helena will host the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament November 13-15. There are many ways that a person can volunteer and be part of this great event. You don’t need to know anything about basketball to be a great volunteer. There are many opportunities that don’t require a lot of time.

Goody-bag stuffers, referees, time-keepers, lunch assembly & delivery, merchandise sales, carnival activities-- there is something for everyone.

The website makes it very easy to pick an event, location and timeslot.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Therese Collette,


Helena College Diversity Committee celebrates

Disability Awareness Month and LGBT History Month


Online Programming for November:

Experience of Indian Boarding Schools


Montana Mosaic: Ernie Pepion - American Indian Movement in Montana

The video touches on the events surrounding and leading up to the formation of the American Indian Movement along with the movement’s goals. Interviewees talk about their continuing commitment to shape the federal policy and to regain control over their Nations' futures.


Montana Mosaic: Experience of Indian Boarding Schools

Boarding schools were part of an "assimilation strategy" that existed on, near and far removed from reservations. Boarding schools often separated students from their families and cultural traditions.  The boarding-school experience still casts a long shadow over the lives and the culture[s] of many Montana Indians.


Native American Boomtown | America by the Numbers: Episode 4

Learn about the benefits and consequences of an oil boom for a Native American reservation in North Dakota. The Bakken Oil Boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to the state. Fort Berthold Reservation has more than 1,000 oil wells, which have brought a significant amount of that money to its Native American community. But it has also brought danger: organized crime, hard drugs and traffic fatalities.


Go to the Helena College Diversity Committee or the Library webpage for links to these videos.

 Helena College’s Statement on Diversity

Mission: At Helena College, we recognize and accept each individual is a unique combination of thoughts, beliefs (religious, political and ideological), socio-economic status, race (biological), ethnicity (cultural), age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities, and we value these differences through shared governance, program offerings and collegiate activities.

Diversity Core Values:
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Understanding
  • Recognition
  • Inclusion

Vision: To have a college committed to embracing the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

About the Diversity Committee:

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Dean’s Office, Student Services, Fiscal/Plant, Academics, and Student Senate.

The scope of the Committee, which includes a Committee Chair, a Program Coordinator, and an Academic Liaison, is to integrate diversity into all aspects of the college, including

  • Admissions/enrollment Practices
  • Recruitment and employment practices
  • Communications, publications, and promotions
  • Programming, both academic and institutional
  • Institutional organizations, services, and events
  • Community partnerships

Committee Members:

  • Therese Collette
  • Della Dubbe
  • Laura Gifreda
  • Brenda Johnson
  • Robyn Kiesling
  • Debra Rappaport
  • Tammy Steckler
  • Joyce Walborn, Chair