UniDiversity Festival

Dancers at UniDiversity Festival

Cancellation of the 2018 UniDiversity Festival

The Center for American and World Cultures regrets to announce cancellation of the 2018 UniDiversity Festival due to the high probability of hazardous weather conditions. Safety is our highest priority. We wish to express appreciation to our partners, sponsors, service providers, performers, guest speakers, volunteers, and everyone who had planned to attend.

Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Program

National Hispanic-Latino/a Heritage Month Celebration 

Part of the First 50 Days Program at Miami University welcoming Class 2020

The UniDiversity Festival is a collaborative effort to promote diversity and inclusion in our community, and it is also a chance to learn more about the valuable contributions of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean peoples and cultures that are quickly emerging as one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States. This festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities encompassed within the National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at Miami University, and Oxford Ohio.

El Corazon de Mexico, Ballet folkloric will perform at Talawanda Middle School and Talawanda High School during this week of festivities as part of the center’s Talawanda community outreach UniDiversity program.

Event Details

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 5:30pm–9:00pm

Location: Oxford Uptown Parks, High St. & Main St., Oxford, OH 45056

Program at-a-Glance


  • Proclamation of the National Hispanic Heritage Month by Dr. Kate Rousmaniere, Mayor, City of Oxford
  • Opening remarks from Tarah Trueblood, director, Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives.


  • Address of the UniDiversity Festival 16th anniversary celebration by Lilleana Cavanaugh, executive director, Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs
  • UniDiversity International Peace Day Parade

Performances featured on the stage:

  • 5:45pm Silly Safari, Live animal show
  • 6:15pm El Corazon de Mexico, Ballet folkloric
  • 6:45pm Monarch Butterfly program - Prizes
  • 7:15pm Miami University Steel band
  • 7:45pm Grand prize
  • 8:00pm Orquesta Kandela, Salsa, and Latin band
  • 9:00pm Closing of the festival

Audio productions by Mike Cadwell


This program is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures with support from Miami University Office of the President for Institutional Diversity; Miami University Performing Arts Series; Oxford Community Arts Center; the Oxford Community Foundation; and in partnership with Alpha Phi Omega; the City of Oxford; the Department of Geography; the Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies Program; the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; NAACP Oxford Chapter; the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Oxford Lane Library; Oxford Visitors Bureau; Talawanda High School; Talawanda Middle School; and Unidos, Miami University Latinx student organization.

Other activities at the festival

Information Fair


Local community organizations and Miami University programs, departments and student organizations will share information about their programs and events, work and services related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino communities in the U.S.A. For more information contact Kelly Kimple coordinator, Information Fair, UniDiversity Festival - Director, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Miami University.

Voter Registration

The Oxford League of Women Voters will host a voter registration table at the UniDiversity Festival information fair. This is a great opportunity for you to join the festivities, and also register to vote!

Did you know?

  • Half of Hispanics/Latinos in Ohio CAN VOTE! There are 199,000 Hispanic/Latinos eligible to vote in Ohio. ~OCHLA, Ohio Latino Vote Campaign #LatinOHvote
  • Total Hispanic population in Ohio, according to the Pew Research Center, is 395,000.

Children’s Activities

  • Silly Safari, Live animal show and booth exhibition
  • Honey Hill Farm, Petting Zoo
  • Oxford Lane Library's Book Bike (bilingual literature) and paper marigold flowers activity
  • Rainbow Faces: Face painting and artistic balloons (balloon twisters)
  • Traditional games

Traditional Cuisine (Food Vendors)

Empanadas Aqui (Venezuelan); Arepas (Colombian); Just Jerks (Caribbean); Dayton Island Drinks; and Kona Ice.

Watch the Video


Be part of the UniDiversity Festival: Volunteer Leadership Team. Register now!

Free t-shirts for volunteers.


For curricular integration and connections contact: Jacqueline Rioja Velarde (513.529-6518), chair, UniDiversity Program, planning committee.


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Accommodations (if you are planning to stay)

Give a Gift

Please consider contributing to the Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund.

Gifts to Global Initiatives contribute to the comprehensive internationalization of Miami University and help provide diverse cultural and global learning experiences for students, faculty, and the community.