Training and Facilities

Cultural Center
 Two students recruiting at Mega Fair
 Very large group of diverse students at Made at Miami

As stated in our Diversity Plan, Miami strives to develop deep levels of understanding of culture and difference by continuously working to foster a campus environment that supports learning, development, and engagement across and between all members of the community. We continually aim to develop and improve ways to promote and advance multicultural understanding, build skills and understanding, and increase dialogue around diversity.

What have we done so far?

Miami currently offers a multitude of diversity and inclusion training opportunities for students, faculty and staff throughout the entire academic year. A few examples include: 

  • Following the report of the Presidential Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion, delivered to President Crawford in May 2018, Miami piloted a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course to select populations in Fall 2018. Over 1,000 students complete the module in its first semester, and the module is required for all incoming students in Fall 2019, Required Diversity & Inclusion Module for Incoming Students (July 2019).
  • A new Voices of Discovery program (through a three-credit hour sprint course or co-curricular programs to supplement material in other courses was piloted in Spring 2019. The full program, which launches in Fall 2019, aims to facilitate intergroup dialogue between people of different backgrounds and identities and intragroup dialogue among people who share some aspect of identity, New program seeks to promote discussion and diversity (April 2019).
  • Students in Mobile Van for Blind Spots TrainingBl!nd Spots Tour and online training available to all members of the Miami community, "Check your bl!nd spots" tour supports diversity and inclusion (Oct. 2017)Students engage with bl!nd spots tour, Oct. 2017
  • Inclusion series interactive sessions, Inclusion series, "Am I a racist? An exploration of race and racial identity in today's political atmosphere" (Mar. 2017)
  • Training for faculty on reducing racism in the classroom, Shaun Harper to host diversity and inclusive excellence sessions (Jan. 2017)
  • The College of Education, Health, and Society has created the urban teaching cohort to expose students to diverse schools and communities and also to build a pipeline of teachers to work with high-need schools in the Oxford area.
  • The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) (formally Office of Diversity Affairs) hosts an annual multicultural leadership conference each fall.Inclusiversity Training for Classified StaffInclusiversity training for classified staff, May 2017  The conference helps students increase their intercultural awareness and develop leadership skills, while serving as a resource for strengthening the presence of diverse students and multicultural organizations on campus.
  • The LGBTQ* Services area of CSDI hosts regular Safe Zone Training for any interested member of the Miami community. 

Many more examples are included on the CEO Action Page Look Back.

The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) (formally Office of Diversity Affairs) is located on the second floor of Armstrong in a newly renovated and expanded space. A large community space on the third floor will incorporates the current Diversity Affairs Council (DAC) office and the area adjacent to it. The expansion of the third floor diversity suite will provide more community gathering space and be accessible in the evening hours.

The Center is fully funded by the university to enhance the academic success, retention and personal development of diverse student populations. These spaces aim to be welcoming spaces where connections can be forged, identities expressed, and community built.

Looking ahead

Our goals around curriculum and training include: 

  • Increase and enhance opportunities for career and professional development and campus and community involvement—develop systematic and ongoing dialogue, workshop, and seminar training on diversity related material (new and review).
  • Develop, build, and support academic (co-curricular) and professional development initiatives that promote engagement across difference.
  • Support, enhance, and increase co-curricular and academic offerings, in addition to cultural and social events, that promote and facilitate engagement (interaction and collaboration) across entire community.
  • Support and expand academic research, collaboration, and intellectual initiatives around diversity and inclusion—highlight and encourage, at all levels, practices and intellectual work and conference/workshop presentations on diversity related topics.
  • Support diversity programs and activities through small grants—seek funding to support programs, initiatives, activities not covered by traditional sources or local (unit) funding.