Weekly Three 01/31/22

Greetings Miami University,

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

One: DEI Implementation

iPOLs Recruiting Now

International Student and Scholar Services is recruiting students who would like to become International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) for Fall 2022 international student orientation. Details are available at

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion "Behind the Scenes" Town Halls

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 Spring we invite the Miami community to join an expanded DEI Behind the Scenes Townhall Series, featuring Colleges and Deans. Save the date for the next webinar events

View previous "Behind the Scenes" videos

Two: Community Updates

Marianne D. McComb Reading Series Presents

  • Lilliam Rivera’s, Never Look Back, Feb. 15, 2022, 7:30pm, virtual, Lilliam Rivera in the award-winning author of the young adult novel Never Look Back, which retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, through the experiences of Puerto Rican teenagers in the Bronx. The book won the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Honor, and you can read the NPR review of the book here. Rivera has also written three other young adult novels including the new young adult science fiction novel, We Light Up the Sky. She wrote the graphic novel for DC Comics Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story. Register Now
  • Brian Broom’s, Punch Me Up to the Gods, March 1, 2022, 7:30 PM Punch Me Up to the Gods, is about growing up Black and gay in Ohio. The memoir was an NYT Editor’s Pick and a finalist for the 2021 Kirkus prize. Brian's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Poets and Writers, Medium, and more. His film, Garbage, won the Audience Choice Award at the Cortada Short Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Portland Short Fest. Register Now
  • Michael Torres’s, An Incomplete List of Names, March, 14, 7:30, 2022, An Incomplete List of Names was selected for the National Poetry Series and named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. In 2019, he Torres received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Loft Literary Center for the Mirrors & Windows Program. A former Artist-in-Residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, he is currently a 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. You can read some of Michael's poems here. Register Now

Winning Reparations: John Tateishi and The Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

February 15, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm, Harry T. Wilks Theatre. President Ronald Reagan endorsed one of the most comprehensive US reparations packages in 1988 -- the goal was to repair some of the harm done to those who remained of the 120,000 Japanese Americans forced into WWII internment camps. John Tateishi, then National Redress Director for the Japanese American Citizens' League, will provide critical insight into how this victory was fought and won and consider which lessons can and cannot be carried forward in today's struggles for reparations among African American and Indigenous communities.

Save the Date

DragonFly Diversity Cafe Event:”Pursuing Equity: A Must for Conservation”

Featuring Katie Dell Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:30PM

Katie Dell is an outdoor educator and resource teacher naturalist for Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Towson University and a Master of Arts in Biology from Miami University’s Global Field Program. During our time together we will discuss why equity is a must for conservation organizations, how one can begin to understand who is over and underrepresented in conservation work, and how we can move forward to create more inclusive, and safer spaces for people and wildlife alike. Learn more about DragonFly Diversity Cafe

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Safe Zone Training 101: LGBTQ+ Basics

Join the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, the Regional Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ROSA, and PRIDE for a Safe Zone training. Safe Zone training is a three hour course designed to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members on LGBTQ identities and experiences. The goal is to create a community that is inclusive for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Safe Zone aims to prepare individuals to foster an affirming environment in which all people are free to thrive personally, academically, and professionally. Pre-registration is required.

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Option 1, February 7th at 2pm 

Option 2, February 10th at 9am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, with the support of the Office of the President, and in collaboration with the City of Oxford, the NAACP Oxford Chapter, and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion hosted a virtual program, “Honoring the Legacy,” to commemorate Dr. King and his message, on January 17 at 10 a.m. During the program, speakers discussed the relevance of Dr. King's message to ongoing discussions about racial justice and voting rights today, and how Dr. King’s focus on voting rights also resonated in Oxford during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

View the Program

Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Miller Center for Student Disability Services recognized as one of 10 Disability Culture Centers in Higher Education

The Miller Center’s cultural events are guided by their Students with Disabilities Advisory Council. This year, the Miller Center ran a program called Miami Bound: Mastering Disability Access at Miami, where students with disabilities were invited to come on campus two days before the general student population. Students were able not only to connect with the Miller Center about their accommodations but were invited to share stories with each other about how ableism has impacted their lives.

Read the full article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Black History Month

Black history is American history, and during this month we foreground conversations about Black representation, identity, and diversity in our nation, state and campus history. We honor the history and achievements of African Americans past and present. This heritage month is also an opportunity for the Miami community to assess the work we have accomplished and still have to do. At Miami, we stand in solidarity with all who advocate for transformative change and justice and we declare unequivocally that Black Lives Matter, this and every month. We encourage all Miamians to engage in dialogue and allyship with our campus community organizations such as BSAA, ABFAS, ASU, BWE, NPHC, NABA, NSBE, NBLSA.

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to Receive Miami’s Freedom Summer of ‘64 Award

We are thrilled to announce that the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be the recipient of Miami University’s Freedom Summer of 64 Award. The award is bestowed by Miami upon a distinguished leader or an organization that has inspired the nation to advance civil rights and social justice. The date of the award ceremony and accompanying symposium on  “Realities of Race in America: A Dialogue” will be announced in March 2022.

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Upcoming Religious Holy Days and Holidays & Inclusive Scheduling

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 February and future months.


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