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CAWC hosts open house to announce new strategy and initiatives

artwork in MacMillan Hall hallways
Artist: Tarah Trueblood

By Kristin Magyari, Assistant Director for Communications and Marketing, Global Initiatives

tea cupsOn Thursday, October 18, 2018, the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) hosted an open house in MacMillan Hall to announce new staff members and all of the exciting new initiatives taking place within the center. Hors D'oeuvres were served, tea was provided by International Student and Scholar Services, Dr. Fatima Emlemdi made Baklava and Turkish Coffee, and Alicia Castillo Shrestha made Mexican Sweet Bread. Attendees of the open house also viewed artwork on loan by staff, which was installed on the walls of the CAWC wing in MacMillan Hall for the event.

Dr. Cheryl D. Young, Assistant Provost of Global Initiatives, began the program by welcoming the audience to the open house and providing information about the new focus of CAWC. Young announced new strategic initiatives which include:

  • Intergroup Dialogue: Embeds cross-cultural dialogic theory and practice in courses and professional development
  • Global Readiness Certificate: Undergraduate distinction prepares students for a diverse democracy and global community

staff members talking at CAWC open houseCAWC will make intergroup dialogue sustainable and keep it as a part of the Miami experience for years to come. Alongside of intergroup dialogue, students who desire to take the Global Miami plan to the next level, increase their cultural competence, and engage in international education, will enroll in the global readiness certificate program.

Young continued by stating, “I’m truly amazed with the work that Tarah Trueblood has completed in the past six months since beginning in this position. She hit the ground running, and has accomplished a lot.”

Tarah Trueblood, CAWC director, continued the program with many announcements about the center, adding, “it’s very exciting to roll these initiatives out.” Trueblood announced CAWC annual pillar events which will include Strippel Continuing Dialogues, Gandhi Lecture Series, and the UniDiversity Festival (ran by CAWC Associate Director, Jacque Rioja Velarde).

Trueblood added, “I can’t imagine dedicating my life to anything more worthy than the mission of the Center for American and World Cultures.”

On the Horizon

The CAWC has teamed up with Black World Studies and Department of Psychology to pilot a two-credit sprint course on intergroup dialogue next semester called Voices of Discovery. Each section of the course will be co-facilitated by two graduate students and will focus on a dialogue theme such as:

  • Race and Ethnicity,
  • Gender Equity,
  • Religious Diversity,
  • and Nationality.

Course info sessions will be held at various times on Friday, October 26.

View the schedule now