Annual Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival

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National Hispanic-Latino American Heritage Month Celebration

UniDiversity welcomes the Class of 2025!

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, Latino, and Caribbean peoples and cultures. Every year the UniDiversity festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities encompassed within the National Hispanic Latino American Heritage Month at Miami University, and Oxford Ohio. This community event is a portal for intercultural connections and civic engagement.

Watch the Video

Recorded 2018

UniDiversity Festival 2021

View this event on the Miami University Events Calendar!

Friday, September 17, 2021
5:30-9:00pm
Oxford Uptown Parks

High St. & Main St., Oxford, OH 45056
Alternative location in case of severe weather: Hall Auditorium, Miami University Oxford OH 45056

Full program: coming soon!

Dancers from Panama

Other Related Events

Proclamation of the National Hispanic-Latino American Heritage Month by the City of Oxford

Tuesday, September 7, 7PM

Sponsors

The UniDiversity program is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives in collaboration with Miami University Association of Latin American Students UNIDOS; Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff; Center for International Students; Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion; the Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies - Department of Global and Intercultural Studies; Performing Arts Series; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and in partnership with the City of Oxford; NAACP Oxford Chapter; Oxford Lane Libraries; Oxford Visitors Bureau; and the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs.

UniDiversity Planning Committee

Marianna Gay, President, Association of Latin American Students UNIDOS
Elias Tzoc, President, Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff
Juan Carlos Albarrán, Senior Lecturer, Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies
Christian Ponce, Director, Senior Director, Communications and Marketing
Patti Liberatore, Director, Performing Arts Series
Nloh Masango-Dibo, Director, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Karen O’Hara, Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing, Global Initiatives
Silvia Rothschild, former Latino Community Coordinator, CAWC, Global Initiatives
Dan Sinetar, Coordinator, International Student Center, ISSS, Global Initiatives
Kim Daggy, Director, Enjoy Oxford, Oxford Visitors Bureau
Rebecca Smith, Oxford Lane Library
Ann Wengler, NAACP Oxford Chapter
Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, Associate Director, CAWC, Global Initiatives

Hispanic Latino American Organizations at Miami University

Unidos, Latinx Hispanic student organization.

Our goal is to create an environment where Latinxs and Hispanics can encourage the unity of diversity at Miami University. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus through the celebration of Latinx and Hispanic culture. This organization strives to be a sustainable support system that will help each individual with academic, professional and social growth. We’re here to create a family away from home, somewhere we feel we belong. We have a diverse group of students with cultural roots from all over Latin and South America, Spain, and the Caribbean. We envision a more inclusive campus, one donde somos UNIDOS juntos!
By Latinx, for everyone.

The Lex Latinx Society

Open to all students, the Lex Latinx Society is Miami's first Latinx pre-professional organization. Encouraging and supporting Latinx individuals entering the legal field, we provide guidance and opportunities to students interested in the legal field. Through networking, outreach activities, and workshops, we give students the guidance necessary with preparing for and facing the law school application, acceptance, and financial aid process.

Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority

Sigma Lambda Gamma is a national, multicultural sorority that aims to empower women from all over the world. We are Miami's only multicultural sorority whose mission is to empower our sisterhood and our community through the valuing of cultural diversity.

SACNAS

The goal of SACNAS is to further the work of, to improve the effectiveness of, and to enhance the public understanding of and appreciation for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in science. SACNAS will cooperate with other individuals, organizations, clubs, and other groups whose purposes include the achievement of public understanding for Chicanos, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in the sciences. SACNAS will promote student recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities at Miami University and provide a forum for students from different science majors and science related majors to come together for academic, community service and social activities.

ALFAS, Association of Latino Faculty and Staff

This organization has been formed by employees of Miami University (Hamilton, Middletown, and Oxford campuses) to foster Latino/a (defined as Luso-Hispanics) representation, improve their work conditions, and enrich the social and cultural environment for all Miami faculty, staff, and students.

Accessibility Statement

To request accommodations (i.e., sign language interpreters, captioning, materials in alternative format, etc.), please contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at (513) 529-1541, 7-1-1 (TTY-TDD), at least 2 business days prior to the event to ensure the smooth delivery of services. For more information about accessible parking and other facilities, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

UniDiversity Scholarship

The UniDiversity Scholarship offers support for underrepresented students, with a preference for Latino/Latina students. Interested students are invited to submit a statement of need detailing the way in which you would choose to use the scholarship and how it would benefit your academic and personal journey. Applicants are also encouraged to share about your various identities and how they have impacted your time at Miami.

Volunteer

Don't miss this great opportunity!

For volunteer opportunities contact: Dan Sinetar (dansinetar@MiamiOH.edu), coordinator, International Student Center, ISSS.

Contact

For co-curricular connections, partnership opportunities, and more information about this program contact: Jacqueline Rioja Velarde (riojavjd@miamioh.edu), associate director, CAWC, Global Initiatives, and chair, UniDiversity program planning committee.

Give a Gift

Please consider contributing to the Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund.

Gifts to Global Initiatives contribute to the comprehensive internationalization of Miami University and help provide diverse cultural and global learning experiences for students, faculty, and the community.

Previous Festivals

2020 (Virtual Events)

Proclamation of the National Hispanic Latino American Heritage Month by the City of Oxford OH

Tuesday, September 15, 2020– Streaming online

Vulnerable Dreamers (Soñadores Vulnerables) Photography Exhibit

By Ligia Cuevas Johnson, photographer and curator

October 5 - November 30, 2020

Images of children photographed by Ligia CuevasLigia Cuevas Johnson's photographs of Latino children capture the essence of a bright and beautiful generation which could—should—become a tangible asset to America's future.

Business hours | MacMillan Hall, Ground Level
International Student Center | MMH 017 | Global Initiatives

Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures

About Ligia Cuevas Johnson

Ligia Cuevas holding her cameraMexican-born photographer Ligia Cuevas Johnson encapsulates the dignity, honesty and optimism of America’s Latino children in her collection of 25 black-and-white photographs that record the children in their yards, neighborhoods, tiendas and churches. The photographer hopes the exhibit will help viewers gain a higher sense of the young peoples’ normalcy, humor, intelligence and place.

Ligia (“Li”) Cuevas Johnson, a highly trained, creative photographer, has photographed on assignment in Paris, London, Milan, Dubai, Mexico City, Merida, Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Key West. She’s worked with her husband, a business journalist and Ansel Adams trained photographer, for more than 20 years and has also worked with Kurt Marcus, Joe McNally and numerous other extraordinary photographers.

Her photo work has appeared in Latino magazine and other publications; further, she has won four awards at the Kentucky Professional Photographers Association.

DO YOU KNOW?
Ligia Cuevas Johnson was the first donor of the UniDiversity Scholarship Fund. She donated $500.00. This is the first multicultural scholarship of this nature with preference for Latino Hispanic students.

Related sources

About Ligia Cuevas Johnson and the exhibit

Vulnerable Dreamers

Ligia Cuevas Johnson: Colección Fotográfica Soñadores Vulnerables (en Español)

Celebrating the Day of the Dead Traditions

Day of the Dead altar displayMaking Meaning of Loss and Resilience in the Time of Pandemic

Friday, October 30, 5:00-7:00pm
MacMillan Hall, Ground Level, Lounge

This year the traditional altar for the Day of the Dead will honor people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The display of the altar portrays the broad impact of the pandemic on the overall wellbeing of Black and Latino Ohioans.

Hosted by Unidos -Latinx Student organization, the Center for American and World Cultures, and the International Student Center

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is an ancient tradition dating before the conquest of Mexico by Europeans. Just as it was reinvented to be syncretic with the Catholic tradition of All Saint's Day, so it continues to be continually reinvented as a contemporary living tradition, often with political overtones. ~Giovanni Batz, former assistant professor of Anthropology, Miami University.

Read more and sign up to visit: Celebrating the Day of the Dead Traditions

Miami University Art Museum Events

Broadsides & Calaveras: José Guadalupe Posada

Fall 2020 - Online Exhibition and Related Events
Miami University Art Museum

Other Related Events

Encuentro en el Smithsonian: Rubén Rada y Pedrito Martinez

Thursday, September 17– Streaming online

Heritage and History Month Series - Smithsonian Folklife Festival
RSVP on Facebook site

LULAC 15th Annual Scholarship Celebration

Thursday, October 1– Streaming online

LULAC, League of United Latin American Citizens, Cincinnati OH.
6:00 - 6:40 PM via LULAC Facebook Live and from 6:45 - 7:15 PM via Zoom.

Your Story Matters Cafecito

Thursday, October 8– Livestream online

2:00 pm. Hosted by Chairman, Latino Leaders Network, Mickey Ibarra. The event will include a panel of Latino and Afro-Latinx youth with special guest remarks by Anika Alexa and an interactive Q&A. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook, Periscope, and YouTube.

RSVP - Free and open to the public.

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati Virtual Annual Gala and Scholarships 2020

Thursday, October 15– Streaming online

5:00 pm. Guest speaker: Dr. O'dell Moreno Owens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. For more information visit Cincinnati Hispanic Heritage Month.

Beyond the Day of the Dead: José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) as a Revolutionary Artist

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

1:15 - 2:35 PM

Robert Wicks, Director, Miami University Art Museum

Posada’s dramatic visual language struck a deep chord in the Mexican popular consciousness during a time of revolution and has inspired generations of artists and printmakers, even influencing Hollywood films like Coco (2017). This presentation explores the indigenous Mexican origins of Posada’s art of social satire and what makes his art so engaging.

In conjunction with the current Miami University Art Museum Exhibition - Broadsides & Calaveras: José Guadalupe Posada - see virtual exhibition here.

2019

The Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives appreciate the generous contributions of the Barahona Latino Fund; the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services; the Oxford Community Art Center; and Silly Safaris; and the committed support of our partners: Unidos, Miami University Hispanic/Latinx Student Organization; Lex Latinx Society; Sigma Lambda Gamma; Alpha Phi Omega; the City of Oxford; the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; the Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies Program; the McGuffey Montessori School; Miami University Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion; Miami University Association of Latino/a Faculty and Staff; Miami University Performing Arts Series; NAACP Oxford Chapter; Oxford Lane Library; Oxford Visitors Bureau; and Talawanda School District.

Our great gratitude to the volunteers for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work; to Oxford local businesses for their generous prize donations and support; to the local Latinx food vendors and performer groups that allowed us to enjoy the diverse cuisines and traditional music and dances of Latin American and the Caribbean cultures; and to the community organizations that participated in the information fair, sharing resources related to community services, advocacy and/or civic action opportunities available.