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DIGging into Privilege teach-in

Please join members of the Department of Psychology’s Diversity Interest Group (DIG), which will sponsor a teach-in for the entire department on Friday, October 2, from 3-4 pm on Zoom. The program “DIGging into privilege” will provide a live-streamed virtual exercise that will invite attendees to examine their unique perspectives and consider why their peers may feel differently.

Special thanks to DIG members Akanksha Das, Rachel Geyer, and Kate Wargel for organizing this event (originally scheduled for March but postponed because of COVID).

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference at Miami on Oct 9

On October 9, Miami’s will be hosting its 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference. The conference runs all day (starting at 8:50 am and ending at 2:25 pm).

One of its sessions will feature a presentation by psychology faculty member Dr. April Smith, who will present, “Inclusive Classrooms and Departments: Evidence Based Strategies for Success,” starting at 1:10 p.m.

Michael Kraus SPRIG talk on Sept 18

On Friday, September 18, Yale University Professor of Management Dr. Michael Kraus will be presenting a talk in SPRIG entitled, “The Misperception of Racial Economic Inequality.” Kraus is a leading expert on inequality and its consequences.

The talk will be hosted on zoom, beginning at 12N, and can be accessed on-line:

Here is the abstract of his talk: In one large-scale experiment using US respondents on MTurk (N = 2,899), we studied how subtle differences in framing and context impact estimates of the Black-White wealth gap. Across our 10 different experimental manipulations of framing and context, respondents consistently overestimated Black family wealth relative to White wealth. There was also substantial variation in the magnitude of these wealth estimates, which ranged from a low of 35 to a high of over 60 percentage points across the conditions. Overestimates were largest when respondents were asked about the Black-White wealth gap at both past and present time points and closest to accuracy when respondents used images as pictorial comparisons for White and Black wealth. Overall, while framing and context certainly affect the magnitude of misperception, the tendency to overestimate racial wealth equality is extremely robust.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Department of Psychology’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sharing the following resources for our department community to inspire further learning and conversation:

Psychology Diversity Celebration Week Mar 9-13

Each year, the Department of Psychology hosts its Diversity Celebration Week, to celebrate diversity and its important contributions to our understanding of the world. Many events are planned for the week, and we encourage you attend as many as possible (see list below for days, times, rooms, and student groups affiliated with it). Also, please announce these in your classes and encourage your students to attend them as well. The event times are distributed across the week to encourage broad attendance. If you would like to give extra credit for attendance at one or more of these events, we can scan student IDs.
Events include:

  • March 9 (Mon) 9:30-10:30am — Coffee and Conversations (presented by the Association of Black Psychologists)
  • March 9 (Mon) 3-4pm — Intergroup Dialogues (presented by the Center for American and World Cultures)
  • March 9 (Mon) 4-5pm — Diversity Discussion and Reception (presented by the Department of Psychology)
  • March 10 (Tues) 2-3pm — Film Screening and Discussion (presented by Unidos)
  • March 11 (Wed) 1-2pm — Equity & Food Distribution Models (presented by Shared Harvest Food Bank)
  • March 12 (Thurs) 12-1pm — Healthy Masculinities Workshop (presented by Miami’s Men and Masculinity Committee)
  • March 13 (Fri) 3-5pm — Diversity Teach-In (presented by the Department of Psychology)

Peggy Shepard Climate Justice lecture on 5 March

On Thursday, March 15, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) will host the 2020 Drs. Gene & Carol Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Science Distinguished Lecture. This year’s Willeke Lecture will be Peggy Shepard who will be speaking on Climate Justice

When: Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm

Where: 152 Shideler Hall

Peggy Shepard is the co-founder and executive director of WE ACT (https://www.weact.org/) for Environmental Justice. She has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and environmental justice in urban communities.

Low-income communities and communities of color tend to produce disproportionately lower amounts of emissions contributing to climate change. Despite this, they face the greatest and earliest impacts of climate change while typically having the least political power and financial resources to address the issue.

Climate Justice refers to addressing climate change in a just and equitable manner and ensuring that low-income communities and communities do not bear a disproportionate burden of climate change.  Ms Shepard will address how we provide these communities with the resources and power to combat the detrimental effects of climate change.

Late Feb-Early March Diversity Events

2020 Multicultural Student Leadership Conference
When: Saturday, February 29, 9am-5pm
Where: Shriver Center, 701 E. Spring Street, Oxford, OH
Description: This annual student-led conference provides students with the opportunity to increase their intercultural awareness, develop leadership skills, and provide resource and information sharing among students to strengthen the presence of diverse students and multicultural organizations on campus.

Diversity in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Success
When: Wednesday, March 4, 1:30pm-3pm
Where: Laws Hall, 320, 551 E. High St., Oxford, OH 45056
Description: Diversity in the classroom is both an opportunity and a challenge. This workshop is intended for faculty, student affairs professionals, and university administrators, all of whom have an interest in student success, and is presented by the Center for American and World Cultures and CTE’s Faculty Learning Community on Intergroup Dialogue for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators. Registration for this event is required.

Libraries: The Power of Our Story
When: Thursday, March 12, 12pm-1pm
Where: King Library, 320, 151 S. Campus Ave., Oxford, OH 45056
Description: This free event celebrates Women’s History Month as we welcome Dr. Carolyn Jefferson Jenkins for her lecture on The Power of Our Story, a lecture that addresses the importance of voting. This event is sponsored by Miami University Libraries, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Center for Diversity and Inclusion Women’s Initiatives.

ESL Workshop on writing for March 2 and 4

On Monday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 4, the ELLWC (English Language Learner Writing Center ) will host the workshop Possible Approaches to the Assessment of International (ESL) Students’ Writing in Courses Across the Disciplines. In this workshop, attendees will explore factors influencing assessment decisions and approaches to grading the writing produced by ESL (English as a Second Language) students in content-area courses. Attendees are asked to bring a writing assignment to assess and grade in light of the discussion.

The workshop is from 10:05am to 11:20am in King 134 (AIS Room). To register, click this link

For details, please contact Lora Bobrova at the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC)

Second half of February diversity events

When Religion Gets It Right: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, February 23rd @ 3pm-4:30pm 

Where:The Interfaith Center at Miami University, 16 South Campus Avenue, Oxford (Ohio) 45056

Description:This free event invites you to meet and converse with Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Churches, as he asks the audience to consider the Civil Rights work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a sign of love, justice, and hope, and a moment when religion got it right.

Understanding White Nationalism Through Data Science

Monday, February 24th @ 2:50pm-4:10pm

Where:Upham Hall, 351, 100 Bishop Circle, Oxford

Description:This event is led by guest speaker, Emily Gorcenski, one of 2018’s most influential feminists. She mixes data science and social justice issues in order to create a more positive and inclusive environment.

Black History Month Banquet

Thursday, February 27th @ 3pm-9pm

Where:Armstrong Student Center, Donald W. Fritz Pavilion A/B, 550 E. Spring Street, Oxford

Description:This free event features keynote speaker Robert Hendricks III, Miami Alumni and is sponsored by The Black Leadership Coalition and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Lessons in Drag: An Evening with Lawhore Vagistan

Friday, February 28th @ 6pm

Where:Peabody Hall, Leonard Theater, 701 Western College Dr., Oxford,

Description:This free event brings in Kareem Khubchandani along with his alter ego LaWhore Vagistan with whom he has performed many times to shine the light on drag and its implications.

Adrian Gaskins Study Abroad scholarship

The Department of Global and International Studies invites applications for the Adrian Gaskins Memorial Scholarship for International Study Abroad. There is a strong preference to select students of historically underrepresented populations, with financial need, who have not previously studied abroad. Spring semester awards will be made for Summer 2020 study abroad programs. GPA will not be a disqualifying factor for awarding the scholarship. The application deadline is March 20, 2020.