Anti-racism Commitment

August 2021

Dr.Kimberly MooreThe last year and a half has offered a backdrop to a collective wave of longing and demand for justice. There is still much work to be done, especially for Black, Indigenous, and students of color who have carried the emotional labor and pain caused by racism, bigotry and systemic injustice for too long. Miami University and its interdependent communities have relied on its espoused values of Love and Honor but that has not been enough to create sustained, meaningful change — change that would push Miami beyond survivable to thrivable for its minoritized students.

I will continue listening, learning, and unlearning so I can advocate and take action to improve the experience of students who are disproportionately impacted by racism, white supremacy, and acts representing systemic injustice.

It should not be controversial to investigate privilege, to denounce racism, and to say Black Lives Matter. If this calls forth discomfort, I encourage you to ask why. Start with these anti-racism resources to begin moving through that discomfort by learning, listening, and acting in ways that inspire change. And if you're not sure where to start and you need support, we’re here to help.

The work ahead is challenging, but it is necessary. The heartbreaking and seemingly unending list of lost Black lives to police brutality and racially induced violence cannot be in vain. Let the memory of those we have lost be the motivation to accelerate and advance systemic change on our campus. We must reimagine a community where our espoused and aspirational values are our enacted values.
I understand reading this will cause discomfort for some. Discomfort is part of the learning process. It is a sign of growth. As your Dean, it is my charge to foster student growth and learning, as well as a safe, healthy, and respectful campus. I reaffirm this commitment to you today.

You have my commitment to continue the work. In collaboration with my team in the Office of the Dean of Students, my colleagues in Student Life, and strategic partners from across the University, here is what we were able to accomplish in 2020-21:

  • Developed, launched, and co-led the Division of Student Life Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Team (with strong student representation)
  • Through the divisional DEI Action Team we developed an action plan and created and maintained a published dashboard, holding our division accountable to progress on DEI goals
  • Advocated for the expansion of the student DEI module and deeper anti-racism training for students and staff
  • Institutionalized a voter registration process
  • Advanced the “systems inclusion project” to make Miami’s software systems, forms, and demographic data collection more inclusive
  • Delivered DACA ally training to faculty and staff
  • Identified and implemented improvements to the bias-incident reporting system
  • Worked with student to develop and launch a student facing podcast to discuss dialogue across difference

I look forward to continuing the work in partnership with students, faculty and staff in the year ahead.

These are difficult times where you may need support or would like to talk with someone about how you're feeling. There are a number of staff at the University who are ready to talk and listen. If this is of interest, please email deanofstudents@miamioh.edu and we will get you connected. If you have emergent needs, the H.O.P.E. Line is available 24 hours a day.

Humbly and sincerely,

 

Kimberly A, Moore, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students