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EHS' Commitment Statement


In the College of Education, Health & Society, we are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and accessibility. We continue to grow a broadly diverse faculty, staff, and student community, while embracing the opportunities and challenges in the ongoing process of building and sustaining a more just environment.

Diversity Task Force

Who are we?

The Diversity Task Force was put into place in 2017 following a rather insightful and disruptive community gathering that brought forward conversations about white supremacy and social justice in our work as educators. The Diversity Taskforce is dedicated to continuous enrichment of the EHS teaching and learning culture and providing students, faculty, and staff with resources to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you would like to be involved with the task force please contact Denise Taliaferro Baszile at taliafda@miamioh.edu.

Task Force Members:

Denise Taliaferro Baszile, Chair, Educational Leadership 

Callie Maddox, Sports Leadership and Management 

Scott Sander, Teacher Education 

Haley Shea, Educational Psychology 

Sherril Sellers, Family Science and Social Work 

Philip Smith, Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition 

Hannah Stohry, Graduate Student Educational Leadership

Year of Focus: Race and Racial Justice

Focus is a new university-wide initiative organized by the Humanities Center, co-sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Focus coordinates activities of many groups, centers, institutes, and departments to create a year-long exploration of an important, timely, “big idea” topic from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The Focus theme for 2021-2022 is Race and Racial Justice. Programming will engage the Miami University community in a sustained exploration of race as a social concept and of racism as a powerful and persistent feature of societies and social institutions, including Miami University.

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Year of Focus on Race and Racial Justice in EHS

Can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Make You Sick? On Navigating Racial Battle Fatigue/DEI Battle Fatigue  >is a Faculty/Grad Student Professional Development Series  designed to provide a “safe space” for talking through the challenges of doing DEI work and for engaging in contemplative practices that help us manage the stress, fatigue, and emotional labor that such work demands. 

Session One: Reflections on DEI Work in This Moment

Date: Sept. 17, 2021

Location: 1-2:30, MCG 322

Zoom Registration Link:  https://miamioh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpc-utrzgpGtA2JAFtT3WeILRQUXOMFwYa

Perspectives: Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile, Dr. Katherine S. Cho, and Cerelia Bizzell

Contemplative Practice: Getting the Most Out of Meditation Plus Apps

Session Two: How Do Faculty of Color Thrive in the Academy?

Date: October  1. 2021

Location: 1-2:30, MCG 322 

Zoom Registration Link:  https://miamioh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpc-utrzgpGtA2JAFtT3WeILRQUXOMFwYa

Book Talk: Stories from the Front Room: How Higher Education Faculty of Color Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy with Dr. Sherrill Sellers

Contemplative Practice: Writing as Contemplative Practice with Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile

Session Three: What are the Benefits and Challenges of the Call for Black Rest? 

Date: November 12, 2021

Location: 1-2:30, 322 MCG

Zoom Registration Link:  https://miamioh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpc-utrzgpGtA2JAFtT3WeILRQUXOMFwYa

Conversation: Adrian Parker and Tristen Hall  

Contemplative Practice: Mindful Meditation with Dr. Stefanie Dunning

Spring sessions will be posted before the end of the semester.

Educate 8:46 (a podcast series)

Educate 8:46 logo8 minutes and 46 seconds is the amount of time that officer Derrick Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, draining the life from his body. This image has forced this country, this world to reckon with how its history of anti-black violence and racism continue to impact Black lives. While we certainly want justice and now, justice is not enough. The premise of Educate 8:46 is simple--what can we teach and learn in 8 minutes and 46 seconds that can support the struggle against white supremacy and anti-blackness and all related inter-systemic injustices. I asked this question of colleagues and comrades all over the country, whom I know to be fierce warriors for justice through education, and they responded. So each week, we drop knowledge--short lessons, powerful revelations, controversial perspectives, strategies, and freedom dreams all in 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Listen to Educate 8:46

Congratulations Sara Acevedo on receiving the Ray of Light Award!

Ray of Light Award 

This award recognizes members of the Miami University community who have demonstrated, advanced, or promoted activities, programs, or actions that have supported campus efforts to help enrich the experiences for faculty, staff, and students at the University.

EHS DEI Task Force will present Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education, Health & Society:Lessons Learned from Divisional Leadership

This workshop will be presented by members of the College of Education, Health and Society’s (EHS) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEITF). The presenters will first share the story of the EHS DEITF, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities we have faced in four years of leading this divisional task force. We will use our experiences and the following questions to lead a dialogue with colleagues across the Miami University community around the following questions: Why should(n't) your college/departments consider creating a DEITF? What are the challenges/opportunities of your DEITF? (e.g. people, workload, lack of knowledge, cultural barriers, departmental politics, inclusion, performativity? What are common cultural barriers to effective DEITF work in higher education? How can we work through these barriers? How do we assess the impact of DEITF work? Throughout this workshop, we will emphasize that engaging in DEI work is a process, not an end journey with a fixed and singular outcome. Progress and growth can be gradual, so we want to highlight our experiences to encourage others seeking to engage in DEI work.

Crucial Conversations: Education in Support of the Movement for Black Lives

Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile hosted crucial conversations with a number of scholar-activists on a series of topics related to the struggle against systemic racism.

Check out past Crucial Conversations Sessions on YouTube by clicking on the video below.