Signature Programs

The Cultural Center programming priorities have been focused around increasing cultural based competencies. A few signature programs that the Cultural Center utilizes to accomplish this task are “MADE@Miami,” “Let’s Talk,” “Immersion Experiences,” and the “Multicultural Student Leadership Conference”. Each of these programs typically will follow a theme and/or topic that helps facilitate dialogue and enhance student learning outcomes.

Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC)

The Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC) is an annual student-led conference put on by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion that takes place in the Spring. This one-day conference provides students with the opportunity to increase their intercultural awareness, develop leadership skills, and provide resource and information sharing among students to strengthen the presence of diverse  students and multicultural organizations on Miami University’s campus.

The 2019-20 conference will take place on February 29, 2020

Call for Presentations

The organizers of the 2020 MSLC invite proposals for papers, presentations, and creative works. Presentations can take the form of a paper or PowerPoint presentation, a round table discussion, an artistic exhibition, or a performance.

Examples include research studies, papers, poster presentations, and creative works (e.g., painting, ceramics, photography, movement, dance, spoken word, etc.). Undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. The theme for the conference is: “Create: Building Community at Miami University."

The committee invites a broad array of proposals related to community building, addressing barriers, and creating a space for representation of underrepresented communities. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Submissions are due February 3, 2020.

Submit a presentation

Register for the MSLC Conference

Assistant Director of Diverse Student Development and students from Central State University posing for a photo outside of McGuffey Hall after the 2017 Multicultural Student Leadership Conference.

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated each year in February and is presented by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion and the Black Presidents Caucus. 

February 2020 Events

Know Your Roots

February 4, 6:30 pm
Farmer School of Business Room 021

Pink Goes Red

February 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Oxford Lanes

Black Fridays Movie Series

February 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Shideler Hall Room 152

Hot Take Discussions

February 17, 6:30 pm
Armstrong C-Suite (3rd Floor)

Black Fridays Movie Series

February 21, Time TBD
Wilks Theater

Hashtag Lunch Bag

February 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Over the Rhine

"And the Category Is..." Trivia Night

February 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Armstrong Red Zone

Black History Month Banquet

February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Armstrong Pavilion C

Black Fridays Movie Series

February 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Shideler Hall Room 152

 Director of The Office of Diversity Affairs and Assistant Director of Diverse Student Development posing for photograph along with their students after the Annual Black History Month Banquet.

"Let's Talk"

The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) believes that engaging in dialogue offers opportunities for students to discuss current issues and topics that can lead to further education and understanding, greater awareness, and heightened levels of sensitivity to difference.

“Let’s Talk” is intended to assist students in discovering the values of participating in honest, open discussion on a broad range of intellectual, socially, and culturally relevant topics. “Let’s Talk” is open to all students and will be facilitated by the CSDI Staff.

Students may join a session by attending the various sessions scheduled throughout the year in the C-Suite. Students may suggest a topic for a “Let’s Talk” based on common interests centered around diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural learning. 

Sister Talks

Sister Talks are intended to assist women identified students in discovering the values of participating in honest, open discussion on a broad range of intellectually, socially, and culturally relevant topics. Sister Talks is open to all students.

Spring 2020 programs include: 

  • Tuesday, February 25: Reclaiming Your Time: 2020 Vision Boarding
  • Tuesday, March 17: #WomensHealthMatters
  • Tuesday, April 28: Sister ¢ents: Financial Literacy for Women

All sessions are held in the CSDI 3rd Floor CSuite, 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Light refreshments provided. 

Barbershop Talks

Barbershop Talks are a discussion-based opportunity that brings men identified students together for conversations on issues that impact their lives, individual well-being and health. During the event a local barber is present to often provide haircuts to attendees.

B.O.T.H.: Blends Of Traditional Heritages

B.O.T.H. is a discussion-based group intended for students of biracial or multiracial backgrounds. Topics will hold relevance for undergraduate students. The goal is that those attending B.O.T.H. enjoy the supportive environment and openness of members in exchanging opinions and learning from each others perspective of the biracial/multiracial experience. B.O.T.H discussions are open to all students.

Spring 2020 programs include: 

  • Monday, February 24
  • Monday, March 30
  • Monday, April 27

All sessions are held in the CSDI 3rd Floor CSuite, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Light refreshments provided. 

Q*Mmunity

Q*Mmunity sessions are discussions intended to support, advocate and educate the Miami community about the Queer & Trans Persons of Color at the university. These discussions are open to all and intended to be honest, open and supportive.

Conversaciones

Conversaciones are discussions bringing together members of the Latinx diaspora to address pressing issues affecting the Latino community.

Spring 2020 programs include: 

  • Monday, February 10: Latinx @ Miami Past & Present (Guest Alumni Speaker)
  • Monday, March 16: Latinx & Mental Health
  • Monday, April 6: Latinx in the Media

All sessions are held in the CSDI 3rd Floor CSuite, 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Students gathered inside the Cultural Center attentively listening to a video during a “Let’s Talk” session.

Horizon Graduation Ceremony

The Horizon Graduation Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of graduating undergraduate and graduate diverse students. The name HORIZON was chosen to signify the new beginnings, opportunities, challenges, outlooks, and options facing our students at the dawn of their professional lives. The event is held on Commencement weekend. Family and friends are invited to share in this special recognition of students.

May 15, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room

2018 Graduates posing for the traditional Horizon Graduation Ceremony photograph.

MADE@Miami

MADE@Miami is a two-day pre-semester experience for first-year students who are ready to make the most out of Miami. We promote qualities valued by the university community—Mentoring, Achievement, Diversity, and Excellence.

MADE@Miami is open to all entering first-year undergraduate students; historically underrepresented populations or those who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Students representing different ethnic/racial, sexual orientation and gender identity, socioeconomic backgrounds, and/or who  have been identified as GRADU8 or Bridges Scholars are encouraged to apply. Students interested in attending the LSAMP Early Arrival Program must also apply to the MADE@Miami Conference. Students receiving Miami Access Initiative scholarship are also strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Mentoring: Meet students, faculty, and staff who can guide you.
  • Achievement: Get resources to help you succeed academically.
  • Diversity: Learn about your fellow classmates and where we come from.
  • Excellence: Find out how to make the most of your time at Miami.

Meet other first-year students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Meet faculty and staff who will serve as informal mentors during the academic year. As a benefit to attending MADE, you will be able to move into your residence hall (the same room you will have for the whole year) early. Commuter students are invited to join us as well!

This program is free to you, with meals included. However, if you register and then do not attend the entirety of MADE, we will charge your bursar account for the cost of your housing.

Decisions on acceptance for the MADE @ Miami Pre-Semester program will take place in mid July. You should expect to have ample information regarding acceptance inclusive of details on move in at this point.

Assistant Director of Diverse Student Development posing for selfie with 2017 MADE@Miami participants

Careers for the Culture

Careers for the Culture (CFTC) was created to connect students with employers who are actively committed to Diversity and Inclusion. Here students will be able to engage with company representatives to learn more about their initiatives and employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to enhance their career readiness by receiving feedback from company representatives
  • Students will be able to gain access to companies that have an active commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Students will be able to identify key factors in job/internship selection

Students holding dialogue around job readiness and professionalism with representatives from Target during Careers For The Culture.

Immersion Experiences

The Immersion Experiences initiative is a study away experience that is a seven-day domestic excursion where student participants learn about the diaspora of a particular racial and ethnic group and how it has impacted the culture and identity of the city being visited. Participants also meet with Miami alumni who work in the areas of the cultural fusion being studied. During these visits, students network with alumni and learn about their work as well as hear about their experiences at Miami as students. These trips occur during the January Term and provide an opportunity for students to study away at an affordable cost.

The 2018 Immersion Experience collaborated with the Harry T Wilks Leadership Insititute and the Scholar Leader Learning Community in Washington DC.

Past Experiences

  • Washington DC (2018)
  • Atlanta, GA "Southern Black Culture in the Media" (2017)
  • San Francisco "Asian Fusion & LGBTQ+ History" (2016)
  • Miami, Florida "Latin Fusion" (2015)
  • Washington DC "The Media & Politics" (2014)

Students posing for photograph outside of the National Museum of African American History & Culture during their 2018 Immersion Experience.

Diversity Week

Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) presents an annual Diversity Week each spring. All events during Diversity Week are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

Members of the Diversity Affairs Council posing for picture carrying signs reading “Be the change you want to see in the world’, “Unity makes us Miami”, “Trans lives matter”, “The power of the people is stronger than the people in power” and “Love your neighbors. All of them”  during Unity Day March 2018

Lavatus Powell Diversity Awards

The Lavatus Powell Diversity Awards Banquet was established to recognize students, staff and faculty who have dedicated their endeavors to uplifting the diverse communities on campus and changing the institutional climate. The banquet, held annually in April, also celebrates the life of Lavatus V. Powell who was a former Vice President at Procter & Gamble and community leader. He was also the husband of Dr. Myrtis W. Powell, Former Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University.

Lavatus Powell Diversity Awards