Two years ago, Jaylen Perkins and dozens of other students in the Black Action Movement (BAM) 2.0 demanded action from the university on diversity and inclusion. Only after several demonstrations did they get a meeting with administrators. But today, Perkins does not have to demand a seat in the rooms where decisions are made. He’s the student body president.
“The dance, sometimes, between medicine and media can be a bit awkward and emotionally challenging,” Gupta said.
The Institute for Food at Miami University hosted an open house on Friday, Sept. 20 at its farm. The event coincided with the United Nations Global Climate Summit. During the open house, attendees could pick their own cherry tomatoes, purchase salsa and posters at a table in the front of the farm and tour the farm. A handful of people participated in the first hour of the event.
Over 200 people gathered in Wilks Theater to participate in the Diversity Affairs Council’s (DAC) second annual Inclusion Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The forum served to create a dialogue between administration and the student body concerning issues about diversity and inclusion at Miami University.
Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG) held its first internal elections of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 17, electing two students to both the steering and student trustee selection committees.
Four more sexual assaults were reported to Oxford and Miami police, bringing the total number of incidents made this semester to 11. During the first month of 2018-2019 school year only six sexual assaults were reported.
Miami’s student-led business organization RedHawk Ventures announced in early August plans to raise a $1.5 million fund this school year. RedHawk Ventures allows students to invest in start-up businesses, helping them get off the ground using venture capital (the practice of funding early stage firms based on high growth potential).
Miami University welcomed its largest freshman class in history this fall, with an enrollment of 4,300 students, 400 more than last year. This increase has placed a strain on Miami’s housing and dining resources, prompting the Campus Services Center (CSC) to take new measures to deal with the influx.
The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) debuted on campus at the beginning of the semester since the reconfiguration of their office over the summer. The new office, which was formerly known as the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA), combines many multicultural spaces into one space in order to collaborate more effectively.