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Cosette Gunter


Melissa Thomasson is looking forward to leading new initiatives as the first female chair of the economics department.

Miami appoints first female economics chair 

Before making history here, Thomasson began her career at a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, called the University of Puget Sound. There, she remembers being one of two women in classes of only seven students.  “Everyone talked about that picture of Nancy Pelosi in the cabinet where she’s the only woman, and I think I know what that feels like,” Thomasson said.  “I’ve gotten used to it,” she added.  




Students in the Western Program have created majors such as Space Law, Cybersecurity and Terrorism, and Green Business.

‘A give and take version of education’

In the back corner of Western Campus stands Peabody Hall, a building that does far more than just house residents. Students like Jannie Kamara, a junior individualized studies major, enter Peabody to pursue an entirely unique course of study — one of their own making.