Past Events

Professional Development

'Green Zone Certified' shield-shaped badge, with stars and bars resembling military insignia

Blind Spots Training

March 15 & April 12, 2019

Unconscious biases take a variety of forms, but too often, result in stereotyping, insensitivity, and judgment. "Blind spots" are created when our mental models break down without our realizing it.

Coming to terms with our own blind spots helps us to make intentional choices to listen to and embrace different perspectives. UCM staff took advantage of this personal training opportunity focused on exposing these unconscious assumptions and eliminating them.

DISC circle demonstrating the traits associated with each type

DiSC Assessment

April 2, 2019

The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others — within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.

The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people's behavioral differences. UCM staff completed a series of questions that produced detailed personal reports about personalities and behavior.

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'Green Zone Certified' shield-shaped badge, with stars and bars resembling military insignia

Green Zone Training

November 30, 2018

Miami’s Green Zone training helps faculty and staff understand and empathize with veterans by educating them about military culture and the struggles that veterans face as they transition from active duty military service to becoming a college student.

The Green Zone training is based on the Safe Zone training that was created to support the LGBTQ+ community. Miami’s program was created in 2016 by student veterans Adam Rose and Phillip Carr, with help from Miami staff members.

2019 Events

Holiday Breakfast, 12/18

The food table awaits!
People enjoying food
Table piled high with Secret Snowflake gifts
Group of employees eating at table
Jeri and Shavon share a laugh in the kitchen while preparing food
Jess and Barb clown around
People eating breakfast
Singing snowman and light-up pig on table
Getting ready to eat

Food Drive, Nov-Dec

Large Miami 'M' with collection on table
Left portion of the table, showing Maude Squad and Westworld collections
a view of the complete collection
Group pose in the pantry
Right side of the table showing Garden District and Fun and Games collections
Items stacked on the floor beneath the table
Group in pantry at start of shelving
Tracy strikes a pose in the pantry

Trick or Treat, 10/31

Danielle's awesome cupcakes!
Kids walking down the aisle to get treats
A child dressed as a dragon gets treats
A little girl gets some treats
A child dressed as a devil gets treats
Smiles all around

Jason's Diaper Shower, 6/18

Jason reads clue 1 on top of a delicious breakfast cake
Jason reaches toward the ceiling to retrieve clue 2
Jason finds keys by popping balloons
The tower of diapers
Jason completes the puzzle by finding the last clue and the tower of diapers
Donna chats with Jason in the kitchen

Therapy Dog Visit, 6/14

dogs and people gathered on lawn
Carole pets Enya
Moxie gives kisses
Jeri pets Mavis
Web team watches Jason pet Moxie's belly
Margo pets Enya
Enya gives the camera a doggy smile
Mavis the French bulldog
Mavis looks to the side. Moxie looks at the camera as a young woman holds her up.
Mavis kisses a person's hand
The group stands in a circle around the dog handlers and chats with the handlers
Paige, Margo and Karen talk to Enya's handler

Confucius Institute Tea Ceremony, 5/15

A distant view of the tea table before the presentation
View of the tea ceremony table showing the two tea sets
Closeup of first tea set
Closeup of second tea set
Leaders presenting to the UCM audience
Participants chat during the presentation
The tea ceremony begins
Participants pass a dish of loose tea to sniff the aroma
Tea ceremony in progress
Tea ceremony in progress
Participants approach the table to sample the teas

Jess's Wedding Shower, 5/13

Personalized wedding candies in tulle packets
Jess opens her card
Jess reads her card
Shelli concentrates on cutting slices of Donna's carrot cake

Adam's Diaper Shower, 5/1

Adam holds the card from UCM
Surprise for Adam!
Baby Shower Banner
Diapers and balloons arranged on the table
Friends at the party
Shelli and Michael chat at the party table
Party food