Weekly Three 03/03/21

Greetings Miami Community

Here is the “weekly three” from the Office of Institutional Diversity.

One: DEI Implementation

Women’s history month will be celebrated in the month of March at Miami University. In efforts to promote allyship, a pillar of the DEI Task Force, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion strives to reach out in partnership to the community with the aim of advancing DEI. We value relationships that have been forged and continue our efforts to strengthen those and build even more. To that end, we invite you to submit content for programming, lectures, events, and initiatives you would like to be featured by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s webpage dedicated to Women’s History Month. We encourage all members of our community to promote your Women’s History Month events on our university calendar. In order to do this, you must submit your event to the university calendar and tag it with Diversity and Inclusion under Events By Interest. Each office should have a designated calendar manager already assigned. If needed, you can review the Localist calendaring tutorial.

Website Updates

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has launched two new webpages. The first regards updates about the DEI Task Force recommendations. Future updates on the recommendations will be communicated via the weekly three and updated on our website. The second webpage concerns the structure of DEI at Miami University. The goals of this page are to show how Miami implements inclusive excellence, illustrate how DEI related information and resources move through the institution, and provide a mechanism to allow community members to engage DEI at multiple levels.

Welcome to D'Angelo Solomon


The Office of Institutional Diversity would like to formally announce that Mr. D'Angelo Solomon will be joining the office as special assistant. D'Angelo is the Associate Athletic Director for Revenue Generation within the athletic department at Miami. I would also like to offer a public thanks to David Sayler, Director of Athletics for his willingness to allow D'Angelo this opportunity. He will be assisting in the management of several projects, programming goals, and responsibilities in line with the recommendations set forth by the DEI Task Force. Please join me in officially welcoming D'Angelo.

Two: Community Updates

ELEVATE: The Diversity and Inclusion Career Institute

Join the Center for Career Exploration & Success for the ELEVATE 2021 scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 pm. ELEVATE brings together the Miami University community and employers committed to diversity, equity and inclusion to discuss DEI and how both entities can inform experiences to prepare students and advance DEI in workspaces. All are invited to attend to learn, contribute and ELEVATE diversity, equity and inclusion in your workspace.

Register today

Featured keynote speakers:

  • Amber Hikes, ACLU Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Bradon Felton, Brand Engagement Manager, Co-Lead of Black Men & Non-Binary ERG
  • Raquel Fossett, ACLU National Advocacy Institute, Co-Lead of Black Women & Non-Binary ERG
  • Whitney Barnes, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Co-lead of Black Women & Non-Binary ERG

Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated

The Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI) is one of the University's newly created Centers, developed out of an awareness by scholars from Miami University and practitioners in the Butler/Warren Country areas of the growing number of children and families experiencing the incarceration of a parent and or parents in Ohio. The CSSCFI unites Miami University scholars and community partners from varied academic backgrounds to conduct research on children with parents in the criminal justice system, and to advocate for the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their caretakers. Please contact Yvette R. Harris, if you have questions about the Center.

Age-Friendly (AFU) Global Network

We’re happy to report that Miami University became a member of the Age-Friendly (AFU) global network. While there is still a formal press release in the works (Stay tuned), there is an active survey right now to try and understand Miami’s current climate on age friendliness. All survey responses are anonymous and all findings will be reported for groups, never for individuals.The survey results will help Miami University identify its age-friendly assets and gaps and will also help to understand what age-friendliness means in higher education and how we can make more progress toward an age-inclusive university.

Intergroup Dialogue applied to Classroom Teaching

A reminder that The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is offering a 4 part seminar series on Intergroup Dialogue applied to classroom teaching. This new series is designed to support instructors in improving learning outcomes by transforming classroom environments in alignment with the DEI Pillars and Recommendations from Miami University’s DEI Task Force. Part two of the seminar series,Cultivating an Ecology of Dialogue in the Classroom and a Community of Belonging for Everyone, takes place on March 5, from 10-11:30am.

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Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Women's History Month Updates

March is women’s history month and at Miami University there will be several events, lectures, and programs. View calendar and register to attend upcoming events including:

  • Turning the Page With Authors for Kids and Teens, March 9, 6PM
  • Confronting Greatness Gallery Talk, March 10, 6PM

Religious Holy Days and Holidays

  • 3/28 Palm Sunday (Christian)
  • 3/28-29 PESACH (Jewish)
  • 3/29 Holi (Hindu) & Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

View Miami's Calendar

Love and Honor,

Dr. Anthony James, Jr.