Weekly Three 05/26/21

Greetings Miami Community

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


One: DEI Implementation

"Behind the Scenes" Town Hall Sessions

Join us for our next event featuring: Alicia Knoedler, Vice President of Research & Innovation, and Anne Schauer, Director of Research & Sponsored Programs, on June 3rd from noon–1 pm. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Anne Schauer

President Gregory Crawford and Provost Jason Osborne on June 16th from noon–1:30 pm. One hundred and fifty participants are allowed to attend this hybrid in-person event at Hall auditorium. All in-person attendees will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing in accordance with Butler County and Miami University guidelines to help minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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Jason Osborne

Third Annual Across the Divide Conference

The Third Annual Miami University Across the Divide Conference is the primary Diversity & Inclusion showcase for Miami University, with a goal to promote a deeper community understanding of the key issues and diversity activities across the institution. The theme for the 2021 conference will be “Achievement & Opportunity.” This theme allows us to celebrate the areas we are doing well, while also acknowledging areas of promise and examining pathways for improvement in those areas. This year’s conference will be in person on October 8, 2021, from 9 am–3 pm.

Call for proposals is now open until June 1 at 11:59 pm.

Submit your proposal


First DEI Ally & Advocates Happy Hour

In alignment with Pillar 3, Recommendation #8

Black Arts Initiative Listening Party and Happy Hour for Miami Faculty Staff Affinity Groups

Black Roots music holds gifts of community, hope, meditation, and solace. Engage with colleagues across Miami as musician and activist Michael Mwenso guides a greater human connection through the lived experiences of powerful and important Black artists. Create community as you listen to and talk through a curated selection of significant and engaging songs as a group.

Join us for a virtual happy hour and listening party Tuesday, June 15 from 6:00–7:30 pm.

(Registration link to follow.)

Two: Community Updates

Dr. Rodney Coates speaking behind lectern.

Juneteenth "Teach-In" Commemoration

Miami University will close at 2 pm on Friday, June 18, to honor and commemorate Juneteenth. We should all reflect and contemplate the importance of this day in U.S. history.

Dr. Rodney Coates will provide a pre-recorded lecture about this important day in American history. The lecture will be released on Friday, June 18th, 2021 at 2 pm. This lecture will be free and available to the general public.

Save the Date

Directly following this lecture, Dr. Coates has agreed to host a Q&A session for the Miami Community from 3:15–4:00 pm. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Register Now for Q & A

National Civil Rights Conference

Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change

Miami University will host the 10th annual National Civil Rights Conference on June 20-22, 2021. Miami University was selected to host the conference because of its sponsorship of the conference, history of activism tied to Freedom Summer, and numerous civil rights landmarks and sites around its campus. The National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc., Miami University, and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana are proud co-sponsors. The theme for this year’s conference is: Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change. Conference attendees and program participants are required to register for the conference. Registration includes admission to all sessions, and exhibit halls, and daily keynotes.

Registration is free for Senior Citizens and High School students (conference meals not included).

Register for the conference

Humanities Center Book Club and Guest Presentation

On September 9, the John W. Altman Program in the Humanities and the Miami University Focus Program will host a conversation with Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. To prepare for this event, the center invites all faculty, staff, community members, students, and alumni to a Humanities Center Book Club from 5:00–6:15 pm, September 2, 2021. Participants will break into groups for discussion and will reconvene over snacks and drinks. The Humanities Center will provide a free electronic or hardback copy of Caste to the first 50 faculty and staff members who sign up for the Book Club. If you wish to receive a free copy of the book, please contact the Humanities Center.

Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month Calendar

APIDA Heritage Month is typically celebrated in the month of May. As May at Miami is a busy month with final exams and graduation, OIDI will be acknowledging APIDA Heritage month events throughout April and early May. In efforts to promote allyship, a pillar of the DEI Task Force, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is reaching out in solidarity to the Miami University community with the aim of advancing DEI at Miami University. We value relationships that have been forged and continue our efforts to strengthen those and build even more. We thank our partners that hosted events this month. 

Love and Honor,

Dr. Anthony James, Jr.