Weekly Three 04/28/21

Greetings Miami Community

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


One: DEI Implementation

Data, Reports, Demographics

Phillipe Giabbanelli
Phillipe Giabbanelli

Ken IrwinKen Irwin

As part of institutional diversity and inclusion goals, our efforts diligently center on four core areas: recruitment, retention, curriculum, and culture. These core areas are addressed through key initiatives that are tailored to faculty, staff, and students and are executed either through programs and support from our office or in collaboration with other university offices, departments, and programs. In addition, we value relationships with our community partners who work with us to promote diversity and inclusion at Miami. OIDI would like to thank Mr. Ken Irwin and Dr. Philippe Giabbanelli for their advisory role on the Council for Diversity and Inclusion and their idea to include comparative data to advance DEI at Miami.

"Behind the Scenes" Town Hall Sessions

  • Join us tomorrow for our next “Behind the Scenes” Townhall with IT
  • If you missed our previous “Behind the Scenes” Townhalls, we are pleased to announce that recordings with Vice President of Advancing Strategy, Partnerships, Institutional Relations, and Economy (ASPIRE), Mr. Randi M. Thomas, Esq and with Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Jayne E. Brownell, are now available on our Videos page.

Miami University Diversity and Inclusion Award Nominations

The Miami University Diversity and Inclusion awards are given to both individual faculty and staff as well as university offices or divisions that have enhanced the diversity of our community and elevated inclusive excellence as a top priority at Miami. Please submit your nominations for the Miami University Diversity and Inclusion Awards by April 30. The CODI Subcommittee (DEI Recognition) will review all nominations for the awards and assist in the selection of the 2021 recipients. The awards ceremony will be virtual this year.

Third Annual Across the Divide Conference

The Third Annual Miami University Across the Divide Conference is the primary Diversity & Inclusion showcase for Miami University, with a goal to promote a deeper community understanding of the key issues and diversity activities across the institution. The theme for the 2021 conference will be “Achievement & Opportunity.” This theme allows us to celebrate the areas we are doing well, while also acknowledging areas of promise and examining pathways for improvement in those areas. This year’s conference will be in person on October 8, 2021, from 9 am–3 pm.

Call for proposals is now open until June 1 at 11:59 pm.

Submit your proposal

College of Engineering and Computing DEI Webpage

The College of Engineering and Computing highlights its ongoing commitment to DEI by “Establishing baseline support for groups underrepresented in engineering; quantifiably analyzing and assessing unit composition, policies, culture, and climate-related to all groups underrepresented in engineering; implementing programs and initiatives that strengthen the K-12 or community college pipeline thereby reducing significant barriers related to long-term growth; developing an action plan focused on continuous improvement.” Learn more about DEI in CEC.

Two: Community Updates

Applications Open for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for participation in Miami’s 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program sponsored by The President's Office, Office of the Provost, Office for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, and Department of Human Resources. The 18-hour Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Certificate Program is designed to provide a valuable professional development opportunity for Miami faculty and staff to help increase individual aptitude and knowledge in foundational concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, provide ongoing opportunities to build upon their capability to appreciate differing perspectives, and gain valuable skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive learning and professional environment at Miami. Participation is open to all full-time faculty and staff on the Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, and Voice of America campuses. Space is limited. There is no cost to participate in this certificate program.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021

Apply Now

Annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend

Miami University's 3rd Annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend. The Department of Psychology is seeking students to participate in the 3rd Annual Diversifying Psychology Weekend event, scheduled for Saturday, May 1. This event is intended to help students from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds learn more about research and graduate school in psychology, prepare to apply for a doctorate in psychology, network with graduate students and faculty, and learn more about what Miami's psychology department has to offer. The psychology department is especially interested in reaching individuals who may be less connected to the people and experiences that often privilege applicants during the graduate application process, as well as attracting attendees from a wide range of backgrounds that are underrepresented in psych science. To learn more or to apply, please visit:

Three: Celebrations & Recognition

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month Calendar

APIDA Heritage Month is typically celebrated in the month of May. As May at Miami is a busy month with final exams and graduation, OIDI will be acknowledging APIDA Heritage month events throughout April and early May. In efforts to promote allyship, a pillar of the DEI Task Force, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is reaching out in solidarity to the Miami University community with the aim of advancing DEI at Miami University. We value relationships that have been forged and continue our efforts to strengthen those and build even more. We encourage all members of our community to promote their APIDA Heritage month events and invite you to submit your event to the University Calendar and complete the Weekly Three Submission.

Wayne Embry Statue Rendering

Wayne Embry Recipient of Freedom Summer of '64 Award and Statue Unveiling

In this upcoming event, Miami University will honor NBA executive and basketball icon Wayne Embry (Miami ’58) and his late wife, Terri Embry (Miami ’60), with the Freedom Summer of ’64 Award. The award is bestowed by Miami University each year upon a distinguished leader who has inspired the nation to advance civil rights and social justice. The award will be presented this spring to Embry and posthumously to Terri, his wife of 62 years, for their “life’s work as civil rights champions, mentors and as an inspiration to so many others.”  The Embrys were selected for the annual award to honor their lifetime of commitment to social justice, for breaking racial barriers, and for their mentorship. The ceremony for both events will occur on May 18th, at 11 a.m. 

Religious Holy Days and Holidays

  • 4/13 First Day of 30 Days of Ramadan (Islam)
    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar and is considered sacred and important by all Muslims. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. With few exceptions, healthy, non-traveling, of age Muslims fast throughout this month. The main component of the fast involves the practice of self-discipline in abstaining from food and drink from dawn (Fajr) to sunset (Maghrib). Fasting does not interfere with academic studies under normal conditions. Should an exceptional need arise, in line with our DEI Task Force Recommendations, Pillar 4: Structural and Resource Support, we encourage appropriate accommodations to be provided to Muslim Students during Ramadan which extends into the finals week at Miami University this year.

  • 4/19-5/1 Ridvan (Baha'i Faith)
  • 5/2 Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

View Miami's Calendar


Love and Honor,

Dr. Anthony James, Jr.