MontanaPBS Diversity Statement

MontanaPBS, as a statewide service of the Montana University System, is committed to providing a rich and diverse service to the people of Montana, reflective of our state’s diverse population. The MontanaPBS Programming Policy states, in part:

We recognize our viewers are individuals composed of many different cultures (including the strong Native American presence) with unique ideas, views and dreams. MontanaPBS plays an important role in telling our nation’s history and presenting in-depth views from perspectives not shown elsewhere on television. While we cannot serve all of the people all of the time, we aspire to serve each person at some time through a rich, ever-changing variety of programming and associated outreach activities and educational services. In this way, MontanaPBS extends the mission of both The University of Montana and Montana State University.

To that end, MontanaPBS seeks to create and maintain a culture that is open and inclusive, consistent with the charge set out by the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education. The Board of Regents Policy and Procedures Manual includes Non-discrimination language which reads, in part:

Each campus of the Montana University System shall insure that no employment or educational policy is discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin, or ancestry unless based on reasonable grounds.

Further, the Board of Regents policy on Minority Achievement further emphasizes the system's commitment to the state American Indian population by saying:

The board of regents (BOR) recognizes the desirability for campus environments to promote multicultural diversity and for the participation and achievement of American Indian and other minority students to be, at a minimum, equal to their representation in the state's population.

Hiring Policies

The Staff of MontanaPBS are employees of the University of Montana – Missoula, and Montana State University – Bozeman. All hires for MontanaPBS are conducted per the policies of the respective institutions, which are each equal opportunity employers.

Montana State University’s Office of Institutional Equity’s Statement on Diversity reads, in part:

Montana State University is dedicated to creating an inclusive community that embraces a rich mix in the composition of its student body, staff and faculty. The distinction in viewpoints that comes from differences in race, gender, age, language, socioeconomic status, religion, political affiliation and geographical background are appreciated and valued at MSU as important aspects of the campus community at every level and in every sector of the campus.

The University of Montana's Diversity Statement reads, in part:

The University of Montana respects, welcomes, encourages, and celebrates the differences among us. In recognition of this commitment, we value all members of the campus community, not in spite of, but because of their differences. A campus that expects, reflects, and respects diversity influences the way our students perceive the world. A diverse campus community enriches all of us with a greater understanding of the human condition and the challenges all people must confront in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalized, and ever more interdependent world society.

Seeking Diverse Candidates

Whenever possible, MontanaPBS will take proactive steps to seek diverse candidates for staff hires, contract employees, and volunteer boards and advisory groups. Specifically, MontanaPBS will:

  • Participate in job fairs offered at both institutions
  • Include language in every position advertisement that states: “Because MontanaPBS is dedicated to increasing diversity in broadcasting, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.”
  • Insure that management and staff serving on hiring committees attend AA/EEO training as available at both institutions, and consult on every hire with appropriate university staff to guarantee compliance with Board of Regents and university hiring policies.