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Roudebush Hall, home of Miami's administrative offices

College of Arts and Science

Foundational Goal 2: Promote a diverse culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that deepens understanding and embraces intercultural and global experiences.

Objective 1: Attract and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Metric 18: Grow the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.

Strategies:

  • Continue and increase recruitment strategies designed to enhance diversity, such as Bridges, Summer Scholars, or other similar programs.
  • Coordinate cohort and cluster hires across disciplines to enhance faculty and staff diversity.
  • Invite a diverse group of scholars and administrative leaders to campus, and highlight their special approaches.
  • Offer enhanced, focused advising that addresses the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Seek and obtain programmatic grants that emphasize diversity.
  • Recruit a diverse community of graduate students who can advise and/or mentor undergraduates.
  • Collaborate with Enrollment Management to develop partnerships with high schools that have diverse student populations.
  • Encourage pedagogical strategies that improve and diversify the climate within individual disciplines.
  • Use social media to reach underrepresented constituencies.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Developing a systematic structure to coordinate hires across the University and/or within the region
  • Providing additional support from professional advisors who have expertise in serving multicultural and international students
  • Developing a process to compensate faculty for increasing their work load, especially in the summer term
  • Hiring additional advisors to meet the increasing student need
  • Compensating for the limited multicultural accommodations and opportunities in the Oxford area.

Objective 2: Create an environment where our people live, learn, and work cooperatively with those of widely varied backgrounds, beliefs, abilities, and lifestyles, moving beyond boundaries to welcome, seek, and understand diverse peoples and perspectives.

Metric 19: 75% of Miami students will report that they feel welcome and have had significant and meaningful interactions with diverse groups.

Not only is it necessary to enhance diversity at Miami University, it is also essential to create an environment where it feels comfortable to work with people of various backgrounds, lifestyles, and beliefs.  To that end, it is important to create mechanisms to promote diversity, while at the same time ensuring that perceptions reflect the patterns that emerge.

Strategies:

  • Share the expertise of faculty and staff who are experienced in working with multicultural students (e.g., Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity staff) with other faculty and staff to help them adapt to the growing international and diverse domestic population.
  • Provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to have meaningful interactions with invited speakers from diverse backgrounds (e.g., receptions, class meetings, Q & A sessions).
  • Expand partnerships and support programs for students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., ACE and Eastern Shawnee Tribe).
  • Encourage broad participation, especially by faculty and students in multicultural events, with particular emphasis on promoting meaningful interactions among international and domestic students.
  • Coordinate activities across the University so that these events do not conflict.
  • Incorporate the work of women scholars and scholars of color into the curriculum.
  • Offer “Safe Zone” training, and establish new safe zones throughout the division.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Providing an accurate assessment of strategies for this metric, and sharing those strategies that are successful
  • Developing rewards and an incentive system for faculty and staff who produce positive outcomes.

Objective 3: Achieve cultural competency among members of the Miami community by immersing them in domestically and globally relevant learning experiences.

Metric 20: By the time of graduation, 60% of Miami students will have studied abroad or studied away.

41.6% of CAS graduates between fall 2012 and summer 2013 studied abroad or studied away; our goal is to increase that percentage to 60%.

Strategies:

  • Increase the diversity and quality of study abroad offerings by ensuring that these experiences are immersive.
  • Market study abroad programs more effectively, including to potential students outside Miami.
  • Revise and streamline curricular requirements (including utilizing winter and summer terms strategically) to enable students to engage in international study and graduate on time.
  • Utilize other resources on campus (e.g. Outdoor Pursuit Center) to build community among students going overseas.
  • Provide systematic, informed advising to ensure students receive full credit for study abroad.
  • Partner with University Advancement to raise and provide additional scholarship aid for students studying abroad.
  • Identify and reduce duplication of study abroad experiences with other divisions and departments
  • Develop mechanisms to ensure that study abroad and study away experiences promote intercultural awareness and a wider global perspective.
  • Develop a "buddy" system to match international students with US students within the major.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Addressing the potential conflict between the goal of  increasing study abroad and the goal of increasing the number of double majors or co-majors
  • Calculating the actual cost of studying abroad to students
  • Finding ways to avoid potential disruption to students holding jobs
  • Providing financial aid to students to enable international study
  • Encouraging faculty to develop and offer more international workshops (with compensation covered by budget).

Metric 21: All Miami students will have a curricular or co-curricular cultural learning experience, (e.g., intensive community engagement, service learning experience, intercultural or global learning requirement) by the time they graduate.

Strategies:

Continue to:

  • Encourage faculty members to incorporate such experiences in their courses.
  • Provide the necessary advising to steer students to appropriate programs, especially when such experiences are part of the revised Global Miami Plan.
  • Work with alumni and alumnae to create new internship opportunities.
  • Find a way to document outreach experiences (perhaps on transcript) so that progress can be tracked.
  • Create a no-credit course designation as a way of indicating activity in this area.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Overcoming faculty resistance to incorporating co-curricular activities in their approach
  • Ensuring that participation in such activities does not extend students’ time to graduation
  • Providing support for travel (whether at home or abroad) so that all students can participate in these activities.

Objective 4: Expand, virtually and physically, Miami's global involvement.

Metric 22: All faculty and staff will engage in meaningful, globally diverse cultural activities (e.g., volunteer or community engagement, course or workshops on global and intercultural topics, professional training on diversity issues, regular interaction with diverse groups, participation in cultural events) within the past 24 months.

75% of CAS faculty and staff report that they have participated in globally diverse cultural activities in the past two years. Our goal is to increase this percentage to 100%.

Strategies:

  • Recognize and reward faculty attendance at international conferences as part of the annual evaluations.
  • Recognize and reward faculty collaborations with colleagues from international institutions as part of the annual evaluations.
  • Encourage faculty members to foster both formal and informal relationships with colleagues abroad.
  • Host international scholars.
  • Co-sponsor activities and events that highlight global diversity.
  • Expand listserv memberships and other electronic communications to include colleagues abroad.
  • Create exchange programs to enable faculty members to study and teach overseas and to welcome scholars from abroad to Miami.

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Providing funds to make travel abroad affordable
  • Fostering a culture that values international connections.

Metric 23: Miami will expand, virtually and physically, by 50%, its international partnerships to increase its impact on the global stage.

Strategies:

  • Approach colleges and universities outside the US to develop connections that can grow
  • Develop and implement Memorandums of Understanding with other institutions, as a means of providing opportunities for both students and faculty members
  • Use connections with institutions abroad to provide opportunities, such as the chance to teach English, for our students
  • Develop new online and hybrid programs in partnership with international universities

Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Identifying partner institutions
  • Working out effective Memoranda of Understanding
  • Ensuring that Memoranda of Understanding are not simply paper agreements but provide a mechanism for significant collaborative activities.