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Diversity and inclusion events Feb 2-12

1. Building Sacred Connections: Understanding How Implicit Biases Can Get In The Way Of Building Meaningful Relationships with Priya D. Klocek When: Sunday, February 2nd @ 2pm-3:30pm

Where: Interfaith Center, 16 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, OH 45056

Description: An event with an interactive session focused on cultured and unconscious bias, sponsored by MU META Collective (mini-grant), Hillel: Miami University, Center for American and World Cultures, Miami University Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Interfaith Youth Core (micro-grant).

2. World Hijab Day

When: Tuesday, February 4th @ 10am-3pm

Where: Armstrong Student Center, Slant Walk Table 1, 550 E. Spring Street, Oxford, OH 45056

Description: This event is an informational session in support and solidarity of Muslim women who decide to wear or not wear respective hijabs.

3. We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

When: Wednesday, February 12th @ 7:30pm

Where: Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave., Oxford, OH 45056

Description: This impactful event is a joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by I am Miami, Jack Keegan, and MIA Restaurant + Studio. Tickets for this event cost $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $10 for youth/students.

Intro to Voices: Intergroup Dialogue program accepting applications through January 12

Intro to Voices: Intergroup Dialogue (ITV) is Miami’s free, abbreviated version of intergroup dialogue for students but is only available through faculty-sponsored courses. To register your spring course, please follow this link and answer the simple questions.

The ITV program is oversee by Dr. Tarah Trueblood, Director of Miami’s Center for American and World Cultures. For more information on ITV, please feel free to contact Tarah by email ( TTrueblood@MiamiOH.edu) or by phone (513.529.1943).

Faculty of all disciplines are eligible to embed a co-curricular version of Miami’s Voices Intergroup Dialogue program, Intro to Voices (ITV), into their spring 2020 courses (graduate and undergraduate). The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) offers ITV at no cost to faculty or students.


1. OFFER: Decide what course credit/points you will offer students who successfully complete ITV. The more substantial the credit the more likely your students will enroll in, and successfully complete, the program. Examples:

—Credit in lieu of an exam/paper
—Credit in lieu of a community engagement project
—Credit in lieu of required event attendance
—Some other point/course credit (excluding “Extra Credit”)
— Credit in lieu of a group project
—Credit in lieu of certain assigned readings —Credit via independent study (or +1)

2. ENROLL using the link above. The CAWC will prepare an editable draft description of the ITV Program tailored for your students, including how they will earn credit in your course upon successful completion.

3. PROMOTE: Class Visit and/or Syllabus Insert. If you wish, a member of the CAWC team will (a) come to your class during the first week to announce the program, answer questions, and encourage registration; and/or (b) craft an editable description of ITV with instructions on how your students can earn credit in your course for successful completion of ITV.

•  Student registration deadline: MONDAY February 10, 2020 (2/17/20 for Q term).

•  ITV runs the last 8 weeks of the semester (3/9/20 –5/6/20) from 6-8 pm (students choose M, T, or W).

• CAWC takes attendance and reports it to you weekly.

•  CAWC provides you with the names of your students who successfully complete ITV. You award earned course credit.

•  Your students receive suggested resume entry for ITV and a “Certificate of Completion” from CAWC.

Speaker: Disability rights are civil rights

On Friday, December 6, 2019, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Dr. Kathy McMahon-Klosterman of Miami University will present a talk in 127 PSYC entitled, “Disability rights are civil rights.” Dr. McMahon-Klosterman is a Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology, Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. Dr. McMahon-Klosterman has a long history of service at Miami University and in the broader community, and she continues to be active in these communities. Her extensive résumé of service and accomplishment includes helping to establish the Minor in Disability Studies at Miami, serving as the Eminent Faculty Scholar for Community Engagement at Miami, where she championed service learning, and serving as president of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Celebrate International Education Week

Celebrate International Education Week will be held Nov 18-22. The Muslim Student Association in conjunction with the Global Initiatives is hosting a lecture during this week called Discovering Islam which will be presented by Dr. Baher Foad on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in Hall Auditorium.     

The purpose of this event is to both raise awareness of the values and beliefs of Islam, as well as to help people find common ground between differing religions. The event will begin with a meet and greet with the speaker at 5:00 to 6:00 pm. followed up by the lecture and Q & A from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is open to all to attend.

Diversity events for Nov 16-21

1. Taste of Africa; hosted by African Students’ Union, Miami University.

Free food will be served at this event!

When: Saturday, November 16 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where McGuffey Hall, 322
210 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056

Description: Description: This potluck allows you to get a ‘Taste of Africa’. Not only will it be a showcase of food from around the continent, but also a chance to immerse yourself in what it means to be Africa. This year’s theme is: What It Means to be African Now. Come and learn from your fellow students about their experiences and growth as an African.

2. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

When Saturday, November 16 at 8:00pm

Where  Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, OH 45011

Description: For Colored Girls is a choreopoem written by Ntozake Shange in 1974 that tells the story of seven nameless African-American women who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. Each woman is identified by the color she is assigned. It consists of monologues accompanied by dance movements and music.

Subjects including rape, abandonment, abortion, and domestic violence are tackled. This play is for mature audiences only.

3. Global friendship thanksgiving dinner

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm 

Where: Shriver Center’s Dolibois room
301 Maple St. Oxford, OH, 45056

Cost: $7.00 after November 14, $5.00 if registered by November 14, free for children 12 and under.

Description: This annual event takes place during International Education Week and is open to all Miami University international students and scholars, staff and faculty, as well as Oxford community members. The purpose is to share this American tradition with our international students and scholars. With around 300 people in attendance each year, it is one of ISSS’ signature events and includes a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as plenty of opportunities for fellowship and conversation. Please purchase a ticket for this event while supplies last!

Upcoming diversity events

Chuseok 2019 by KASA’s (Korean American Student Association)

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 2pm-9pm

Where: Armstrong center pavilion 

Description: This is KASA’s annual free, public event with performances, educational booths and Korean food!

Description: The public is invited to Freedom 55, a mini-conference exploring the local history of Freedom Summer in 1964, and also current lessons and ideas to continue to address voting rights and social inequalities. The events will be Nov. 1-2 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati and are co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Miami University. 

Can the Rich and Powerful Actually Work for the Common Good?: Thoughts from Central Asia

When: Monday, November 4, 4:30 – 6pm

Where: Harrison Hall 302, Oxford

Description: This event is organized by the Humanists of Miami student club. The speaker is Morgan Liu, from Ohio state University

National First-Generation College Student Day (Nov 8)

Friday, November 8, 2019, is the third National First-Generation College Celebration, and Miami University is participating for the first time. A series of activities are planned throughout the day, including activities at the seal/hub from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and a reception at Lewis Place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. All are welcome. The purpose of these events is to celebrate the contributions that First-Gen students (and faculty and staff) make to our community.  

In addition, Psychology will have pizza and conversation from 11 am – 1pm on November 8 in the PSYC Atrium and in PSYC 134 (private space for conversation, not available until 11:30 am.) to celebrate and support first-generation students, staff, and faculty in Psychology. The event will be advertised in the building, but please share this information with your classes and colleagues as well.

Diversity & inclusion events next week

Introduction to the Chinese Language
When: Tuesday, 4/23 @ 6-7pm
Where: Verity Lodge (Middletown)
Description: Four international Miami students will introduce audience members to the Chinese language, covering topics such as naming conventions, numbers and counting, pronunciation, and greeting and parting. A light meal will be served for the first 60 attendees.

A Proactive Student Response to Genocide
When: Tuesday, 4/23 @ 6-8pm
Where: 1066 Armstrong
Description: A Holocaust survivor, Bosnian Genocide survivor, and two academics specializing in atrocity crimes will share their stories, research, and advice on what we can do as a community in response to baseless hatred.

Vietnamese Coffee Booth
When: Wednesday, 4/24 @ 12-2pm & Thursday, 4/25 @ 12-2pm
Where: Armstrong Slant Walk
Description: The Vietnamese Student Association is hosting a booth to provide cups of traditional Vietnamese coffee.

Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs
When: Thursday, 4/25 @ 5-7pm
Where: Hughes Laboratories 100
Description: Colin Gordon writes on the history of American public policy and political economy. Citizen Brown explores the experience of African Americans in St. Louis County by examining patterns of municipal incorporation and annexation, the starkly uneven provision of local services, local approaches to urban renewal, and the potent combination of racial transitions nd fiscal austerity that led to the death of Michael Brown.

Women’s Center 2019 Femellectual Launch
When: Friday, 4/26 @ 3-5:30pm
Where: Armstrong Marcum Patio (though if raining, the location will be at the Cultural Center)
Description: The Women’s Center is launching its 2019 Femellectual Publication, where attendees will listen to the publication contributors read their pieces. Light refreshments will be served.

Vietnamese Hung King Appreciation Day
When: Friday, 4/26 @ 5-6pm
Where: Bachelor 131
Description: Hung King Appreciation Day is a national Vietnamese holiday. The Vietnamese Student Association is hosting this event to remember the tradition of their country and to introduce students to Vietnamese culture.

When: Friday, 4/26 @ 6-8pm
Where: Hillel 11 E Walnut St
Description: Hillel: Association of Jewish Students hosts its weekly shabbat dinner. All are welcome to attend.

Diversity and inclusion events next week

Black Women Empowered’s Annual Hair Expo
When: Sunday, 4/14 @ 12-4pm
Where: 322 McGuffey
Description: This is Black Women Empowered’s signature spring event, which is intended to create a space of self-care and empowerment through workshops and panels.

Constancio Arnaldo Jr.: Rethinking Sport Cultures Beyond Black, White, and Male: Sports as Sites of Possibility, Contradiction, and Social Change
When: Monday, 4/15 @ 6-7:50pm
Where: 001 Upham Hall
Description: Dr. Arnaldo is an assistant professor in Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research “examines the cultural politics of sport among Filipino and Filipino Americans” in several U.S. locations.

21st Century Indian Country: Interrupting the Dominant Narrative
When: Monday, 4/15 @ 7pm (Reception at 8:30pm)
Where: 121 Peabody Hall
Description: This year’s Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights event will feature Judith LeBlanc as the keynote speaker. Ms. LeBlanc is the director of the Native Organizers Alliance and Roddenberry Fellow. She will address colonial legacies that are being interrupted by Native Americans claiming their own contemporary narratives to counter discrimination and invisibility.

Safe Zone 101
When: Tuesday, 4/16 @ 11:30am-1pm
Where: 316 Mosler Hall (Hamilton campus)
Description: This Safe Zone 101 training will teach participants how to be informed, active allies to the LGBTQ+ community.

Further than Falafel: Israeli Dinner and Discussion
When: Tuesday, 4/16 @ 6-7:30pm
Where: 1086 Armstrong
Description: In this Further than Falafel event, a free Israeli dinner will be served and the question of the role the Holocaust memory plays in Israel will be discussed.

Mauritanian Refugees in Ohio: What ICE is doing in our own backyard: The deportation crisis facing Ohio’s Mauritanian communities
When: Wednesday, 4/17 @ 4-6pm
Where: 002 Upham Hall
Description: Dr. Christopher Hemming will present a talk on ICE’s deportations of members of Cincinnati’s and Columbus’s Mauritanian communities, which are two of the largest Mauritanian communities in the U.S.

American and Muslim Women’s Taaruf
When: Wednesday, 4/17 @ 5-6:30pm
Where: Lane Library, Helen Weinsberger Activities Center
Description: This is a gathering of women interested in building community between Muslim and Middle Eastern with American women. The event is open to anyone interested in developing a broader understanding and a sisterhood across faith, culture, and identity.

SDAC Coffee and Conversations
When: Thursday, 4/18 @ 5-6pm
Where: McGuffey 121
Description: We welcome all to attend to hear a panel of students who identify as having a disability speak about their experiences and life here at Miami both as students and as members of the community as a whole.

Racial Legacies & Learning, featuring P. Frank Williams
When: Thursday, 4/18 @ 6-9pm
Where: Dave Finkelman Auditorium (Middletown campus)
Description: P. Frank Williams is an internationally recognized expert on hip-hop and pop culture, and is an Emmy Award winning TV/Film producer, writer, journalist, author and commentator.

Access for All
When: Friday, 4/19 @ 8:30am
Where: Shriver Center, Heritage Room
Description: Miami’s 5th annual Accessible Technology Symposium is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about ways to remove barriers to learning for individuals with disabilities. Register here.

Vodou Dancer/Drummers Performance
When: Friday, 4/19 @ 6-9pm
Where: 322 McGuffey
Description: Nancy St. Léger is the Artistic Director of the NSL Dance Ensemble in Miami Florida, where she teaches Vodou dance classes, choreographs, and performs. She was born in Port-au-Prince and now lives and works in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, FL.

Intergroup dialogue FLC

Tarah Trueblood from the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) has been coordinating the intergroup dialogue sessions this semester, in which some of our majors, 112 students, and graduate students are participating. Next year, they are extending this to faculty and administrators as an FLC; she writes:

I want to give you a heads up that the CAWC will be facilitating an FLC next year to help develop a strategy for embedding intergroup dialogue campus-wide. We are hoping to create a group with about 50% faculty members. Would you share the information below about this FLC with your faculty?

The Center for Teaching Excellence has accepted the proposal to fund a 2019-20 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) called Intergroup Dialogue for Miami Faculty, Staff, and Administrators.

The purpose of this FLC is to forge an internal partnership of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to learning and embedding IDG pedagogy. The FLC will work to adopt an IGD model/s, assessment plan, and strategy for embedding IGD theory and practice among Miami faculty, staff and administrators. Such embedding will involve the formation of peer-facilitated intergroup dialogue groups who will engage in purposeful, facilitated, dialogue across social identity differences.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019

This FLC will be co-facilitated by Alicia Castillo Shrestha and Tarah Trueblood starting in the fall. We will work out a meeting day and time that works with most schedules. I hope you will join us!

Contact Tarah directly for more information if you are interested, but I would encourage you to consider this opportunity.