Diversity and Inclusion

Keynote speaker Damon Williams with a student and President Crawford.
 Large group of students posing at the Blackout Showcase.
 Three females, one wearing a hijab, holding signs in support of Muslims and the right to cover with a hijab.
large group of students, faculty and staff holding hands at the MLK Jr. Celebration.

At Miami University, diversity and inclusion are core values that anchor everything we do. We value the voices of all of our students, faculty and staff in making our campuses more welcoming to all. We reject and condemn bigotry and intolerance and pledge to support those who stand up against speech and actions that violate our core values.

Miami’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is not new. Our students, faculty, staff and administration have worked for years to build a culture of inclusive excellence at Miami, where all people can thrive.

We empower and value success for all students. In 2017, our four-year graduation rate for minority students was 66.2 percent, the highest rate in 20 years, and we narrowed the “graduation gap” by 9.3 percentage points during the last decade. 

Our Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion provides students the support and services they need to create and maintain a culture of inclusive excellence at Miami. We engage students of all backgrounds to build safe and inclusive communities, promote healthy behavior and build meaningful connections, on and off campus. We value diversity of all kinds in students, faculty and staff. We recruit aggressively to ensure that our student population represents Ohio and the communities we serve, and that students from under-represented backgrounds have full access to a Miami education. In August 2019, we welcomed our largest and most diverse first-year class ever at Miami, with 17 percent minority students and 16 percent first-generation students. On an institutional level, our Office of Institutional Diversity works to embed best practices in our hiring and incident reporting procedures.

We sponsor a diverse series of events on all of our campuses, offering a world full of perspective and transformational opportunities to our students.

Here are only some of the initiatives designed to foster inclusive excellence at Miami

Looking ahead

As with any large and diverse community, there is always more work to be done.

In early April 2018, the Miami administration started working collaboratively with a group of students using the name Black Action Movement (BAM) 2.0. These students have expressed that some groups feel unwelcome at Miami, and asked the administration to engage on several specific plans to create a more tolerant and welcoming environment. BAM’s priorities aligned with many plans already underway, and with Miami’s core values.

During the spring 2018 semester, Miami President Greg Crawford and other university leaders met several times with these students and other groups of students, hearing their concerns and outlining action steps that have been and will be taken. University leaders will continue to engage directly with students, faculty and staff.

In May 2018, Rankin & Associates came to Oxford and Hamilton to present the results of Miami’s comprehensive campus climate survey. The survey showed that students, faculty and staff are generally positive about their Miami experience, while outlining several areas of opportunity to improve the campus climate. President Crawford pledged that the results will lead to action, and he will appoint a group to study the results and recommend action plans.

Also in May 2018, a working group on diversity and inclusion chaired by Professor Rodney Coates presented its report to President Crawford. The working group report will be shared with the Miami community early in the fall 2018 semester, and its work will be shared and aligned with the campus climate survey initiative.

In the interest of transparency and collaboration, we have developed this website, Building a Better Miami, to chronicle our shared progress toward a more welcoming and inclusive environment. It will be updated as Miami makes meaningful progress toward inclusive excellence.

Recruiting Diverse Faculty, Staff and Students

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Comprehensive Reporting

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Diversity and Inclusion training and facilities

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