Weekly Three 07/14/21

Greetings Miami University,

Here is this week's diversity, equity, inclusion "weekly three" from the Office of Institutional Diversity:


One: DEI Implementation

"Behind the Scenes" Town Hall Sessions

Join us for the upcoming "Behind the Scenes" Townhall featuring Senior Vice President and President of Miami University Foundation, Mr. Tom Herbert on Monday, July 26, 2021, from 11 am–12 pm.

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Tom Herbert

Join us for the upcoming DEI “Behind the Scenes” Townhall with Mr. David Sayler, Athletics Director, on Thursday, July 29 from 11 am–12 pm.

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David Sayler
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Third Annual Across the Divide Conference

The 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 July 30 at 11:59 pm. (Deadline has been extended.)

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Dialogues Across Difference

The goal of this series is to have models of dialogue and discussion, between people in our community who represent differing views in a given area (e.g., politics), to show the possibility that we can have a diverse community of people who can exist together peacefully and civilly. We are actively searching for a conversation between staff members. Please submit your ideas or suggestions for future dialogue topics.

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Two: Community Updates

Truth & Reconciliation Project Trip – March 2022

Miami University would like to announce a Truth & Reconciliation Project trip to Montgomery, Alabama in March 2022. This project is a continuation of the work of Drs. Anthony James and Valerie Carmichael and the Butler County Truth & Reconciliation Coalition. In line with the Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project, this trip will promote community-wide conversations about this period in U.S. History. Both Miami University personnel and residents of Butler County are eligible to participate in the trip. The Office of the President has contributed $25,000 towards this project; however, Miami is also soliciting additional sponsors to allow for more community participation. This project is led by Dr. Anthony James, Dr. Valerie Carmichael, Mr. Randi Thomas, and Mr. D’Angelo Solomon. Please stay tuned for more information about the trip and how you can participate.

Center for Teaching Excellence DEI Resource Update

In line with DEI Task Force recommendations, Pillar 2 (Cultural Consciousness) and Pillar 4 (Structural and Resource Support) The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) highlighted two resources which advance fresh ideas and Miami’s commitment to becoming as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as we can be. The first resource, Strategies for Anti-Racist and Decolonized Teaching, is a Faculty Focus article that presents a framework with five key areas of action for creating antiracist and decolonized classrooms and campuses. Each area includes questions that support instructor reflection and action. The second resource is a comprehensive guide to Making Your Teaching More Inclusive.

Enroll to receive ongoing DEI resource links via the CTE’s Weekly circulation.

Feeling Through Short-Film Discussion on August 5

Feeling Through Movie Poster

Miami University IT Diversity Committee in partnership with the Miller Center for Student Disability Services invites you to discuss this year’s film: Feeling Through this August 5th from 2-3:30 pm. Feeling Through is a short, Academy Award-nominated, coming-of-age film about the unlikely connection between a teen in need and a DeafBlind man. It is the first film ever to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role. You can watch Feeling Through on the movie’s website. During the Film Fest, we will watch it together (much like last year), but we highly recommend watching it beforehand as well—it’s only 20 minutes long. The Miller Center staff will facilitate conversations about the film with participants.

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Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Rodney Coates awarded the President's Medal

Professor Rodney Coates awarded the President's Medal

Congratulations to Professor Rodney Coates of the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies in the College of Arts and Science, who was awarded the President’s Medal “in recognition of his extraordinary service to Miami University and the entire Miami Community."

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IT Services Named to 2021 list of 100 Best Places to Work in IT

Miami’s IT Services division has been selected as one of IDG’s Insider Pro and Computerworld’s 2021 Best Places to Work in IT. Among midsize organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list, Miami’s IT division was chosen #20. “As we navigated the pandemic, the strength, talent, and resilience of our IT community was something I heard positive comments on over and over,” stated David Seidl, Miami’s Vice President for Information Technology and CIO. “I am so very proud to work with such a talented group of individuals, but I am even more delighted because of the care, support, and passion you all bring to the work we do. This award is a direct reflection of the organization that you all have created through the kindness and camaraderie that makes this a great place to work!”

To learn more about IT Services Diversity, Equity, Inclusion initiatives view their Town Hall Event.

Promoting Miami University Wellness Goals at the Intersection of DEI 

During the month of July, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will highlight Miami University campus and virtual resources for our community’s health and wellness in our celebration and recognition section. Wellness means overall well-being. It incorporates the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person's life. Each aspect of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health. We encourage you to read a general overview about connections between anti-racist work and “self-care”. OIDI will also feature committees and groups supporting Miami University goals to promote holistic wellness and resources for students, faculty, and staff. We encourage all community members to utilize these resources, including the Student Wellness Center, and to share resources to feature by submitting information for the DEI Weekly Three.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion for Student Wellness

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students (DEI) introduces students to key concepts related to inclusive excellence. The online program covers topics like identity, power, privilege, and oppression, as well as strategies related to ally behavior, respectful communication, self-care, and creating inclusive spaces. By building competencies around emotional intelligence via interactive scenarios and case studies, the course communicates the expectation that students will be engaged members of a diverse and inclusive community while providing important tools they can use on their journey. Students can access the course on July 21, 2021, and must complete Part 1 by August 16, 2021. To access the course, students log in to their orientation canvas module through MyMiami or click on the link in your email invitation. They can also check the Alphabetical Index to find the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion link under "D". If you have questions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, contact the program administrators in the Office of Student Wellness at or 513-529-7893.

The Ford Meditation and Reflection Room

When not reserved, the Ford Meditation and Reflection Room located in the Armstrong Student Center is a place for quiet contemplation, meditation, reflection, or prayer. All are welcome; the only requests for the Meditation and Reflection Room are that visitors please refrain from any of the following activities that could potentially distract from the serenity of the environment, including food and drink, photography, excessive noise and conversation, audible music, candle, incense, or any open/closed flame.

With Love and Honor,

Dr. Cristina Alcalde

Cristina Alcalde, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies