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Highlands College Displays Smithsonian Poster Exhibit


Highlands College of Montana Tech has installed a poster exhibit entitled "Choosing to Participate" from the Smithsonian Institution in its Tech Gallery South exhibition space. The overarching purpose of the exhibit is to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect and participation and thereby create positive social change. The exhibit consists of a set of unique and engaging posters from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

"The posters present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how ‘little things are big’—and to make a difference in their own communities," said Jennifer Schommer, spokesperson for the Smithsonian.

For this exhibit, SITES has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development nonprofit organization whose mission is "to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry." SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for nearly 60 years.

"With modern technology and its resulting increase in our interconnectivity, our world is becoming ‘smaller’," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of Highlands College. "Because of this, I believe it is really important to encourage and inspire our students to become engaged and to participate in the promotion of positive social change."