The Montana Racial Equity Project

Ending racism begins with YOU.

aka MTREP   |   Bozeman, MT   |  www.themtrep.org

Mission

The Montana Racial Equity Project, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, advocates equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Judith Heilman

Main address

PO Box 11885

Bozeman, MT 59719 USA

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EIN

47-5462992

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Minority Rights (R22)

IRS filing requirement

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Book Club

Our Racial Justice Book Club meets once per month (Jan-Nov) to discuss non-fiction and fiction books about racial equity and justice issues. It is often intersectional.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Annual one and one-half day conference designed to educate and activate the public about racism, bigotry, and bias, their history, many facets and manifestations, causes, and potential solutions. This is accomplished through sessions covering various aspects of issues with community dialogue on each issue.
The Forum is held in Bozeman and draws attendees from throughout the state and beyond.
Budget varies dependent on venue and keynote and plenary speakers.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Everyone has a compelling story to tell that can move others towards action - actions that, when properly organized, may make positive and lasting change for the good.
These workshops are a dynamic and interactive.

Workshop instruction includes the importance of distinguishing between various forms of prejudice, bigotry, and racism; microaggressions and cultural appropriation, discerning our individual racial lenses, positive communication methods, and learning safe bystander intervention. Participants learn useful tools in navigating difficult conversations with persons of differing opinions regarding those who are disenfranchised and marginalized in our society.

One participant wrote: "For all my white friends in (Montana), PLEASE seriously consider attending this workshop. I went last April (2018) and if you think you know all there is to know about being an ally for racial justice, you are wrong. These presenters give a huge amount of time, travel, and emotional labor to give the tools and knowledge everyone can use to combat hatred, infiltrate systems of oppression, and be aspiring allies to black and brown folks. Do yourself and our communities a favor by educating yourself and commit to keep listening and learning and doing."

Maximum group size of 20 participants per session. The instructors are BIPOC, LGBTQ, White, or any combination of same. No workshop has only White, abled, cis-het instructors.

Up to eight public workshops conducted per year around Montana. Customized private workshops are available to organizations, institutions, and private business for a negotiated fee.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

The expression of hatred and vitriol towards persons of color have been increasing in frequency and intensity in the run-up to and post-election 2016. Our children are witnesses, some are victims and some are spreading it. At the root of it all is a lack of understanding about race, racism, bigotry, and prejudice.

Offered three times per year across Montana, this workshop provides tools and tips on how to talk to kids about race (it can be used for other groups of disenfranchised and marginalized people, too.) The workshop is a combination of lecture, personal introspection, small group breakouts, and role playing.

This program is very useful for anyone who has anything to do with interactions with children - parents, would-be parents, grandparents, guardians, child care providers, early childhood educators, teachers, school administrators, etc.

Class size limited to 24 students. Additional costs may be incurred if the venue involves round trip mileage over 20 miles from Bozeman, meals while traveling, and hotel and conference room fees.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

3-hour lecture and dialogue for graduate level students in health care, social work, counseling and mental health therapists, etc.

Additional fees may be incurred depending on venue, and travel costs.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Montana Civil LIberties Award 2018

American Civil Liberties Union

Advanced Diversity and Inclusion Certification 2020

Cornell University

Defending Democracy Fellowship 2019

Western States Center

Financials

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The Montana Racial Equity Project

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2021
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Board chair

LaNada Peppers

University of Montana

Term: 2017 - 2020

Myleen Leary

Montana State University

Heidi Jones-Magee

LaNada Peppers

Shamarra Hardeman

Montana State University

Mary Peterson

Retired

Paul John

Everytown for Gun Safety

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