Pete Buchanan

Civic Engagement Coordinator
Center for Engagement - Montana State University Billings

Pete joined our board in January of 2021. He is currently a member of the YCOAD (Yellowstone County Organizations Active in Disaster), the Volunteer Center Advisory Committee Council, Volunteer Administrators NETWORK Group, and a mentor of Student United Way at MSUB.

Pete also serves as the Chair of the Montana Campus Compact Advisory Committee, the National Campus Compact Western Region Engaged Scholar, is a Staff Senator for Student Affairs Division II, a member of the Campus Food Security Community of Practice, the OCHE Service-Learning Work Group and a mentor for the Newman Civic Fellowship.

Q&A with Pete

Africa by TOTO - "...I bless the rains down in Africa"

That despite the challenges we face as a society relating to income disparity, social and welfare inequity, sociopolitical tension and the growing environmental crisis, it brings me hope to know that in the last 150 years, we have become a more kind, more inclusive and more diverse society. My hope is that we continue to be courageous by being true to our prosocial nature.

"Do good in broad daylight, and don't be ashamed of your generosity" -Rutger Bregman, Human Kind: A Hopeful History

Compassion.
Time to critically reflect.
Try to understand the other, even if you don't understand where they are coming from.

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Student affairs professional and researcher with 10 years of experience across US and UK higher education systems. Expertise in raising academic standards, program development, evaluation, and implementation within college, healthcare, and non-profit environments. Highly skilled with evidence-based intervention strategies to identify academic and welfare challenges for young and adult learners. Specializations include asset-based community development, diversity & inclusion, volunteerism, food insecurity, democratic engagement, and experiential learning.