Weekly Three 09/15/21

Greetings Miami University,

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


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Special Invitation from VP of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

I invite all Miami community members to register and attend Miami’s Third Annual Across the Divide Conference: Achievement and Opportunity on October 8, 2021. This year’s hybrid conference features a joint keynote address, panel presentations, workshops, and research on diversity, equity, inclusion at Miami University. You can choose to attend in person or remotely.

This year we have an exciting lineup of Miami students, faculty, and staff including a special keynote, “We Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Re-envisioning Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education”.

View schedule and register

One: DEI Implementation

Miami University Heritage Month Programming 

We are kicking off the Fall semester with Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, and invite all to check out the calendar of events and more resources.

View Heritage Month Programming

Expanded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion "Behind the Scenes" Town Hall

In line with Pillar 5: Inclusion and Accountability, Recommendation 3, OIDI hosts “Behind the Scenes” Townhalls to provide insights and details of how DEI is embedded in the decision-making processes and practices of each division. This fall we invite the Miami community to join an expanded DEI Behind the Scenes Townhall Series, featuring College Deans.

Save the date for the upcoming three webinar events:
    • College of Engineering and Computing, Tuesday, September 28, 12-1pm Register Now
    • Graduate School, Tuesday, October 5, 11am-12pm Register Now
    • College of Liberal Arts and Applied Sciences, Wednesday October 20, 12-1pm Register Now

View previous "Behind the Scenes" videos

Two: Community Updates

McComb Reading Series on Race, Craft, and Imagination featuring Felicia Rose Chavez

September 21, 2021 at 7pm

This workshop is a call to create healthy, sustainable, and empowering classroom communities. Award-winning educator Felicia Rose Chavez exposes the invisible politics of power and privilege that have silenced writers of color for far too long. For anyone looking to liberate their thinking from “the way it’s always been done,” cThe Anti-Racist Writing Workshop is a clear, compelling guidebook on a necessary step. Felicia Rose Chavez is the author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom.

Register now

Diversity Officers Leadership Council

The goals of this new council are to identify, discuss and support unit-based and cross-unit efforts; develop new collaborative ways forward to foster inclusive excellence; share and coordinate programming; identify and proactively support the work and ongoing professional development of DEI leaders; provide a space for those directly engaged in DEI work to constructively discuss challenges and opportunities, and ensure broad-based input and discussions about university-wide DEI planning and strategies. The Diversity Officers Leadership Council meets monthly starting Fall Semester 2021.

Evidence-Based, Anti-Racist Strategies for Leveraging Diversity and Empathy in the Classroom

Friday September 17th 10:00 am-11:30 am

Regardless of class size and academic discipline, diversity in the classroom is both an opportunity and a challenge. Faculty and students often experience tension related to the different perspectives and lived experiences represented. In this workshop, you will learn three strategies to leverage this tension to enhance teaching and learning. These strategies draw on 30+ years of intergroup dialogue (IGD) research conducted by the University of Michigan and several years of experience with IGD at Miami.

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Miami University Launches New DEI Student Advisory Council

Students are invited to nominate themselves or their peers to be a part of the new DEI Student Advisory Council at Miami University. This fifteen (15) student member Council will meet with the Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion regularly and will be critical in providing insight, and working in partnership, on DEI issues based on the experiences, concerns, and goals of students. The goals of this Council are to help maintain regular lines of communication with both undergraduate and graduate students; to ensure students are empowered to provide regular input and recommendations related to student experiences with campus climate, new DEI-related initiatives, and DEI more broadly; and to proactively and collaboratively examine university efforts to address these concerns. Students will serve 1-year terms.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 17th

Submit nomination

The Miller Center for Student Disability Services Launches Social Media Presence

The Miller Center for Student Disability Services launched their social media profile and all members of the Miami University community are invited to “follow” them on Instagram @miamioh_millercenter and their Facebook page. The Miller Center for Student Disability Services (SDS) coordinates accommodations, auxiliary aids, support services and resources for over 1500 students on Miami's Oxford and Regional campuses. SDS supports Miami’s commitment to diversity & inclusion and promotes student access to an equitable college experience. Services are coordinated in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act.

Three: Celebrations & Recognition

National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month at Miami University

Check out our new Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month page, with a calendar of events and more resources! According to the 2020 Census, the Latinx population makes up 18.7% (62.1 million) of the U.S. population and growth in Ohio reached a new record of 4.4%. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion invites you to submit programming content (lectures, events, and initiatives) connected to Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. We encourage all members of our community to promote and participate in these events; please submit your event to the University Calendar and complete the Weekly Three Submission.

Upcoming events include:


Being Latinx in 21st Century Higher Education

September 15, noon-1pm 

Register to join this Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month webinar featuring Miami University faculty and staff as they engage in dialogue around questions such as: "Why is it important to discuss Latinx experiences when we speak of higher ed today?" and “What does Hispanic and Latinx mean to you?"

Register Now

Reclaiming the Streets: Youth and Resistance in Latin America

Wednesday, September 29, 4:30-6:00 pm, MacMillan 212

Presented by: Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies faculty

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Miami Alumni Association Presents: The Kissing Bug - A conversation with author Daisy Hernández

October 7, 2021, noon-1pm

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Gabby Rivera Photo credit Julieta Salgado 2016

Gabby Rivera

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is proud to host Gabby Rivera as a guest speaker for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath, she’s also the writer of the Marvel series America—featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero, ever. The New York Times, Vogue, and beyond: and Marvel Studios and Disney+ just announced a new show based on the series.  A small intimate meet-and-greet will be hosted virtually for a select group of students/student organizations at 8pm. CSDI, UNIDOS, Spectrum, and Sigma Lambda Gamma are co-sponsoring this programming.

Register here to attend

Annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival

This year's UniDiversity Festival will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021, 5:30-9:00 pm, Oxford Uptown Parks High St. & Main St., Oxford, OH. (Update: We will indeed be able to use Hall Auditorium as a rainout alternative. Masks must be worn inside.The UniDiversity Festival is a collaborative initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in our community, and it is also a chance to learn more about the valuable contributions of the Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean peoples and cultures. Every year the UniDiversity festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities at Miami University and Oxford Ohio. This community event is a portal for intercultural connections and civic engagement.

The full program is now available on UniDiversity Festival | GLI FB 

Save the Date

Upcoming Religious Holy Days and Holidays & Inclusive Scheduling

  • September 15-16*: Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • September 20-27*: Sukkot (Jewish)
  • September 22: Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
  • September 28*: Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
  • September 29*: Simchat Torah (Jewish)

“*” denotes holidays that start sundown the day before. Please note that individual practices may vary.

Please see the academic affairs calendar and complementing interfaith narrative calendar for policies and for more information, and regarding religious holy days and holidays observed by Miami Community members during the month of September.

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