Weekly Three 05/09/22

Greetings Miami University,

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

The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion extends our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2022!

As we celebrate your accomplishments and recognize your resilience, we continue to recognize the rich histories, experiences, and diverse communities that make Miami the best it can be.

This summer, the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will continue to focus on strategic planning to move diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts forward. We invite you to visit the OIDI webpage throughout the summer for updates and for information. Meet the OIDI team; read the Spring 2022 Progress Report on the Presidential DEI Taskforce; check out recent and upcoming educational programming on Miamians’ rich, intersectional histories and experiences through History and Heritage Months; and sign up for anti-racism workshops and SafeZone training. For ideas for summer reading, browse our growing list of suggested readings on a range of DEI topics, from anti-racism to allyship to LGBTQIA+ experiences. If you are planning ahead, we encourage you to consult the Inclusive Scheduling and Religious Observances webpage as you schedule events and programming.

We’ve had over 840 Miamians register for the new DEI Online Module Series this semester, and look forward to relaunching the series in the near future. You can learn more and sign up for updates on our webpage to be notified of the next launch.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy summer, and we welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions. Thank you for everything you do to make Miami an inclusive community for all.

Weekly Threes will be on a monthly basis for June and July and will resume in August.

One: DEI Implementation


New Divisional Diversity Officers Leadership Council.

In the spirit of supporting and coordinating DEI efforts across the university, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has launched three new key DEI Councils (the Academic Officers Leadership Council, Student DEI Council, and the Divisional Officers Leadership Council). The goals of this 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. This Council and the Academic Officers Leadership Council (DEI officers representing academic colleges) complement one another and will meet together once per semester to discuss possible forms of collaboration to move forward DEI. The group will meet for the first time this month.

Student Equity Ambassador Initiative.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) has initiated a new group to prepare and include students (undergraduate and graduate) to serve on faculty search committees. Our goal is to prepare and train students to work with our OIDI and the DEI Academic Leadership Council during all faculty search processes. OIDI and EEO will be providing in-depth training for this group. The training will address topics such as power dynamics, ethics, policies, and strategies in faculty hiring processes. This is a great opportunity for these students to grow in their leadership endeavors. We will announce all student ambassadors once they have gone through training.

Now Accepting Submissions for May and June Heritage and History Months.

Working in close collaboration with faculty, staff, and student partners, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion provides opportunities for the Miami community to continue our learning and engage in meaningful programming that recognizes, examines, and values historical legacies of a diverse array of identities. Heritage Month programming supports Miami’s inclusive excellence and DEI mission and connects to, among other areas, DEI Task Force Pillar 2: Cultural Consciousness, which encourages the Miami University community to enhance our awareness, knowledge, and skills to enrich and renew our intercultural competence. Submit your proposal considering priority deadlines for each proposed history and heritage month celebration.

Two: Community Updates


Apply for a Faculty Learning Community through CET. 

OIDI is especially excited to partner with CET to co-sponsor the ACUE Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning FLC for 2022-2023. This is an asynchronous online micro-credential course that focuses on developing a deeper understanding of implicit bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and imposter syndrome in an effort to continuously improve the ability to create inclusive and equitable learning environments that ensure every student has the opportunities necessary to succeed. The microcredential modules are complemented by five required face-to-face meetings with Miami colleagues. Read more about this program and how to apply for this and other FLCs on the Center for Teaching Excellence webpage

Voices Intergroup Dialogue Program.

Students, here is a chance to register for IDS 253: Voices of Discovery Intergroup Dialogue. This 3-credit course meets Miami's Intercultural Perspective requirement of the GMP. #BeTheChangeMiami.

Miami Presents: Russia's Wars Against Ukraine - A Short History

Tuesday, May 10 | 12:00 ET | Virtual. When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his war against Ukraine, he did so by claiming that Ukraine was not really a country and that Ukrainians were no different than Russians. Come listen to Stephen M. Morris as he delves into the past, focusing on times when the Russian state fought against the idea of an independent Ukraine. Learn more and register for this event.

Boba and Chat

Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room B. A social to debrief during finals with Boba for students, faculty, and staff. Save the date.

Miami Presents - Connectable: How Leaders (at Any Level) Can Move Teams from Isolated to All In

Tuesday, May 12 | 12:00 p.m. ET | Virtual. Remote work, advancing technology, and an always-on work culture are fracturing our relationships resulting in deep disconnection. Join the conversation as Ryan Jenkins distills everything you need, showing you what’s causing today’s loneliness, the role inclusion plays in solving it, and how you can decrease loneliness and increase belonging, engagement, retention, and performance with employees at every level―including yourself. Learn more and register for this event.

Chinese Name Pronunciation Basics

Do you feel self-conscious when trying to pronounce a name? Do you wish there was a way for you to learn how to pronounce certain names correctly? The International Student and Scholar Services are sponsoring an online workshop on Chinese Name Pronunciation Basics on May 12, from 1 pm- 2pm. At this workshop, attendees will learn a few simple tips and try out some practical tools as they gain more confidence when pronouncing Chinese names. Click on the Events Calendar to register for this event.

MIAMI Women Presents: Using your “Intangible” Strengths and Story to Build a Personal Brand.

Thursday, May 12 | 4:00 p.m. ET | Virtual. Ever wanted to create your own personal brand? Miami alumna and College of Arts and Science Board Member, Kierra Williams ‘13, will walk us through a Personal Brand Workshop that will focus on using your “intangible” strengths and story to build a strong personal brand. Learn more and register for this event.

MIAMI Women Presents: Women & the Power of Age Diversity

Tuesday, May 17 | 12:00 p.m. ET | Virtual. Join Megan as she builds upon her recent Harvard Business Review article on Harnessing the Power of Age Diversity to discuss how age, generation, and gender can interact in interesting and valuable ways. Learn more and register for this event.

The State of the College Student: Tips for Today in Preparation for Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 18 | 12:00 p.m. ET | Virtual. Join Miami's Associate VP & Dean of Students, Dr. Kimberly Moore, and Assistant VP for Health & Wellness, Dr. Steve Large, to discuss who today’s college students are, who they will be, and how parents can best support them along the way. They will review trends in student preparedness and readiness for college in addition to the important implications of student wellbeing and mental health. Learn more and register for this event.

Three: Celebrations and Recognition

Journal for Excellence in College Teaching: Teaching for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

What actions need to be taken to accommodate DEI in the classroom? In this publication, different authors present approaches for taking action to educate about diversity and accommodate diverse learners, from rethinking courses and curricula to investigating learner perceptions and outcomes of instructional innovations.

Jewish American History Month (Holocaust/Genocide Awareness Week).

During the month of May, Miami University celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month. This month recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The origins of the month date back to 1980 with the establishment of Jewish American Week. The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia leads the nationwide celebration with a series of virtual and in-person events. We encourage all Miamians to engage in dialogue and allyship with our campus community organizations such as Hillel at Miami, Hillel: Association of Jewish Students, Chabad at Miami, and Chabad Jewish Student Group. View the upcoming events for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month.

During the month of May, Miami University recognizes and celebrates the experiences and contributions of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans through Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month. A record 23 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages, and other characteristics. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress, as a way to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese individual to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. We encourage all Miamians to engage in dialogue and allyship with our campus community organizations such as AAA-FSA, AAA, KASA, ISA, BSA, SSA. View the upcoming events for APIDA Heritage Month.

Upcoming Religious Holy Days and Holidays and 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 throughout the year.


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