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Multicultural awareness efforts recognized by the White House
OXFORD, Ohio -- An interactive CD-ROM developed at Miami University has
been chosen as a Promising Practice by the advisory board of the President's
Initiative On Race.
The Interactive Multicultural Awareness Program on Race is included in the
board's report One America in the 21st Century: Forging a New Future
and is listed on the White House Web site at www.whitehouse.gov. The
CD-ROM, introduced in 1994, allows users to choose different responses to
actual incidents of harassment and discrimination.
"The CD-ROM was one part of our ongoing efforts to raise the level of
multicultural awareness," said Susan Mosley-Howard, associate professor of
educational psychology. "Our hope is that this recognition will enable us to
show other schools and organizations how to develop similar projects."
The Interactive Multicultural Awareness Program on Race is one part of
extensive efforts to increase diversity-- efforts that have doubled minority
enrollment at Miami over the past 10 years.
Among the highlights of the university's recently released diversity plan is
a mandate that all university departments institute a plan for increasing
faculty, staff and student diversity.
The McBride Hall program brings first year students together to live in one
dorm and tackle numerous tough issues: race, class, sexual orientation,
religion and concerns of the disabled. Among their numerous activities, the
students meet once a week in intimate groups for frank, open discussions.
Miami's admission office has beefed up its staff in recent years with
personnel devoted solely to minority recruitment.
Every school year, the university chooses a theme that runs throughout
classroom, cultural and social events. The theme for the 1998-99 school year
is Native American culture. The theme for 1997-98: AIDS awareness. The theme
for 1996-97: Latin American culture.
The Minority Professional Leadership Program brings more than 100 minority
high school seniors to campus each summer. The goal of the program is to link
schools, corporations and professional organizations in an effort to
familiarize minority students with various career options and university life.
For students who choose to attend Miami after taking part, the program offers
scholarships, internships and leadership training.
Robert Vogel, professor of communication; Mosley-Howard; Raymond White,
professor emeritus of psychology; and Ronald Scott, associate professor of
communication, developed Interactive Multicultural Awareness Program on Race
for the university. The project was instituted by the Ohio Department of
ODOT representatives nominated the project to be a Promising Practice. It was
funded by Miami, the Ohio Commission For Dispute and Conflict Resolution, the
Mead Foundation and the Apple Corporation.
For additional information, contact Miami's news and public information office