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Taking another step towards better representation on campus, the Miami Middle Eastern Students Association provides a new space for one of Miami's minority groups. Photo provided by @mesa_miami

Middle Eastern Student Association furthers representation at Miami

  On Miami’s campus, there exists an Indian Students Association, an Asian American Student Association, an African Students’ Union and many others. But until recently, there wasn’t an organization representing Miami’s Middle Eastern student population. This semester, the Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) held its first meeting as an organization at Miami.

Miami students and alumni see the spike in hate crimes as a symptom of a media that doesn’t meaningfully address anti-Asian racism and its significance in American society. Graphic by Kayla Lynskey.

Students question media coverage of anti-Asian racism

  This February, as both Asian and Asian American Miami University students enjoyed the Lunar New Year, a nationwide spike in hate crimes against the Asian community dampened the celebration. Both the Oxford Police Department (OPD) and Miami University Police Department (MUPD) have not received any official reports of hate crimes against Asian or Asian American people over the past year. However, Miami’s Asian and Asian American students are disheartened by the anti-Asian racism in the United States, as well as the media’s lack of coverage of these events.

Though small in size, the flags in Armstrong have the potential to be deeply important to Miamians from around the world. Photo by Tim Carlin.

New flags added in Armstrong to better reflect student body

Armstrong Student Center puts up flags to honor the home countries of students enrolled at the university. But the flags don't necessarily represent the nationalities and heritages of every student.   The very first time that Class of 2020 Miami graduate Andrew Devedjian stepped foot into Armstrong Student Center during a 2016 campus visit, he immediately searched for the Armenian flag hanging among others on the wall. He didn’t see it. Now he's looking to change that. 


“In light of COVID, it’s the appropriate thing to do”: Students and faculty prepare for ‘wellness days’

  Miami University students and faculty must adjust to a different semester format this spring, as the traditional week-long spring break has been replaced with a series of “wellness days.” These wellness days occur roughly once a month and were implemented to prevent students from traveling to many different locations and bringing COVID-19 back to Oxford. Professors are not allowed to hold classes or assign work on these days.

Miami University has found new ways to connect with students and help them make their commitment to Miami.

Miami admissions office expands online services

In past years, the first step for high school seniors after being accepted to Miami University was scheduling a visit to campus during a Make it Miami event. Hundreds of soon-to-be first-years made the trip to Oxford and spent a day meeting faculty, listening to student panels and getting sore feet as they walked from building to building before deciding whether or not to commit. 

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