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.


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

Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC)

The 7th Annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC) is the annual student-led conference put on by the Office of Diversity Affairs every fall semester. This 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.

This year's conference theme was: The Crossroads of Intersectionality: What Defines You? 

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9am -5pm, McGuffey Hall

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.

"Let's Talk"

The Office Diversity Affairs 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 Office of Diversity Affairs Staff. Sessions are scheduled from 1 to 1-1/2 hours on the first Monday of each month within the ODA Cultural Center Lounge.

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

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

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.

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated each year in February and is presented by the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Black Presidents Caucus. 

February 2019 Events

  • Black World Studies' Penny Lecture Series: Race, Sports, and Social Justice
  • World Hijab Day
  • Pink Goes Red Bowling
  • Know Your Roots
  • #Hashtag Lunchbag
  • Career Center's Breaking Barriers in Careers
  • Step Afrika
  • ABPsi Mental Health Forum
  • Black History Month Banquet
  • Who's Got Game? Game Night

 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.

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

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.

2018 Graduates posing for the traditional Horizon Graduation Ceremony photograph.