Weekly Three 03/10/21

Greetings Miami Community

Here is the “weekly three” from the Office of Institutional Diversity.

One: DEI Implementation

Women’s history month will be celebrated in the month of March at Miami University. In efforts to promote allyship, a pillar of the DEI Task Force, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion strives to reach out in partnership to the community with the aim of advancing DEI. We value relationships that have been forged and continue our efforts to strengthen those and build even more. To that end, we invite you to submit content for programming, lectures, events, and initiatives you would like to be featured by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s webpage dedicated to Women’s History Month. We encourage all members of our community to promote your Women’s History Month events on our university calendar. In order to do this, you must submit your event to the university calendar and tag it with Diversity and Inclusion under Events By Interest. Each office should have a designated calendar manager already assigned. If needed, you can review the Localist calendaring tutorial.

Website Updates

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has launched two new webpages. The first regards updates about the DEI Task Force recommendations. Future updates on the recommendations will be communicated via the weekly three and updated on our website. The second webpage concerns the structure of DEI at Miami University. The goals of this page are to show how Miami implements inclusive excellence, illustrate how DEI related information and resources move through the institution, and provide a mechanism to allow community members to engage DEI at multiple levels.

"Behind the Scenes" Town Hall

Randi Thomas

Vice President of Advancing Strategy, Partnerships, Institutional Relations, and Economy, ASPIRE, Mr. Randi M. Thomas, Esq. (pictured) will conduct his “Behind the Scenes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Town Hall”on March 29th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Please pencil in this date/time. Registration details are forthcoming.

Two: Community Updates

Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated

The Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI) is one of the University's newly created Centers, developed out of an awareness by scholars from Miami University and practitioners in the Butler/Warren Country areas of the growing number of children and families experiencing the incarceration of a parent and or parents in Ohio. The CSSCFI unites Miami University scholars and community partners from varied academic backgrounds to conduct research on children with parents in the criminal justice system, and to advocate for the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their caretakers. Please contact Yvette R. Harris, if you have questions about the Center.

Age-Friendly (AFU) Global Network

We’re happy to report that Miami University became a member of the Age-Friendly (AFU) global network. While there is still a formal press release in the works (Stay tuned), there is an active survey right now to try and understand Miami’s current climate on age friendliness. All survey responses are anonymous and all findings will be reported for groups, never for individuals.The survey results will help Miami University identify its age-friendly assets and gaps and will also help to understand what age-friendliness means in higher education and how we can make more progress toward an age-inclusive university.

Intergroup Dialogue applied to Classroom Teaching

A reminder that The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is offering a 4 part seminar series on Intergroup Dialogue applied to classroom teaching. This new series is designed to support instructors in improving learning outcomes by transforming classroom environments in alignment with the DEI Pillars and Recommendations from Miami University’s DEI Task Force. Part Three of the seminar series, Navigating Microaggression in the Classroom, takes place on March 26, from 10-11:30am.

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Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Miami University was recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity with the Inaugural Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2021 Diversity Award


Miami University was awarded the Jesse L. Moore 2021 Supplier Diversity Award. The national award honors colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs and leading initiatives. Award recipients were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their efforts to engage and retain suppliers from underrepresented groups.

“Seeing Differently” Certificate Program

We are proud to announce that the first cohort of 16 undergraduate students will begin the “Seeing Differently” certificate program in the College of Engineering and Computing this coming week. The SEEING DIFFERENTLY journey provides a safe place to regain energy and focus, look at trouble areas like bias and saboteurs, recapture a sense of purpose, develop resilience, and generate an intentional action plan focused on each individual's goals.

Women's History Month Updates

March is women’s history month and at Miami University there will be several events, lectures, and programs. View calendar and register to attend upcoming events including:

  • Confronting Greatness Gallery Talk, March 10, 6PM
  • Crafting for Self Care with Sara Marsom, March 19, 6PM

Religious Holy Days and Holidays

  • 2/28-3/19 Nineteen Day Fast (Baháʼí)
  • 3/19-3/20 Naw-Rúz (Baháʼí)
  • 3/28 Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • 3/28-29 PESACH (Jewish)
  • 3/29 Holi (Hindu) & Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

View Miami's Calendar


Love and Honor,

Dr. Anthony James, Jr.