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‘Make a Career Out of Making a Difference’

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‘Make a Career Out of Making a Difference’


Activist and community organizer Alicia Garza stresses the need for a richness of ideas to help solve society’s problems.  

By Megan Ondrizek
UM News

#BlackLivesMatter's Alicia Garza addresses students at the Shalala Student Center.

#BlackLivesMatter’s Alicia Garza addresses students at the Shalala Student Center.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 10, 2017)—In a visit originally planned for Black Awareness Month, Alicia Garza—social justice activist, community organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter—told the story about the movement and its impact on society Thursday evening at the University of Miami.

But she was focused on the future.

“It’s 2017… Four years since Black Lives Matter came onto the scene,” Garza said. “We’re at a different moment now. It’s time for us to pivot into ‘what are we going to do,’ not just how we got here.”

Introduced by student Gabrielle Hand, Garza addressed an audience of more than 150 students, faculty members, and staff gathered in the Donna E. Shalala Student Center grand ballroom.

“I understand blackness as a political language. The only identity politics moving through this country right now are the politics of white identity. Everything black is cool right now, except for black people,” Garza said, eliciting applause, snaps, and excitement from the crowd.

And while Garza hopes that society can eliminate the use of race as a political language, she doesn’t want to live in a color-blind world. “I do want to be seen,” she said.

Addressing the students in the room, Garza urged them to act.

“We need your minds to figure out the biggest problems that our society faces today—your wisdom, your talents, your skills. We need your brilliant minds with some sense of right and wrong,” she said. “Ask yourself: ‘What do I want my legacy to be?’ And know that you can make a career out of making a difference.”

Garza is currently the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has been named to the Politico50 Guide of Thinkers, Doers, and Visionaries Transforming American Politics, among other honors.

Earlier in the day, Garza spoke as a guest lecturer for the Black Lives Matter interdisciplinary course called “Race, Class, and Power: University Course on Ferguson and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” taught at the Miami Law School by Professor Osamudia James.
The evening lecture was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs, Student Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Housing and Residential Life.

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Nominate Outstanding Students for Laurel Awards by March 16


The Division of Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the Laurel Awards, an annual celebration that recognizes outstanding Student Affairs staff members and student employees who exemplify outstanding job performance and exceptional work on behalf of students. Nominations are due no later than Thursday, March 16.

In addition to awards that recognize the individual contributions of professional and student staff, a new award has been added to this year’s lineup to recognize collaborative efforts between Student Affairs and other departments across the University. The Outstanding Collaborative Departmental Initiative Award recognizes two or more departments within or outside of Student Affairs that take a collaborative approach to positively affecting the student experience through new or enhanced programming or service. Members from such departments are encouraged to nominate their programs for this award.

The full criteria and descriptions of all awards as well as the nomination form is available at www.miami.edu/laurelawards.

 

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Dean of Students Heads to Lehigh University

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Dean of Students Heads to Lehigh University


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Ricardo Hall

Ricardo Hall

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 22, 2017)—Ricardo Hall, who helped create extraordinary student experiences for thousands of University of Miami students during his 11 years as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, has been named vice provost for student affairs at Lehigh University, a private research university in Pennsylvania.

Hall, who will assume his new duties on June 30, will lead one of Lehigh’s largest divisions, which includes the Dean of Students Office, the Health and Wellness Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies, the Women’s Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center, and the ROTC.

Calling Hall’s pending departure “bittersweet,” Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely lauded his leadership, logistical expertise, professional accomplishments, and “calming presence” during student crises. She said her longtime colleague is well suited to take on his new role at Lehigh, which has been counted among the nation’s “Hidden Ivies”—schools that rival the Ivy Leagues.

“Ric is a wonderful role model for our students. He is always willing to have a conversation with a student about any issue or concern and demonstrates the highest level of integrity,” Whitely said. “His leadership has truly impacted UM and we will always be grateful. We wish him well and know the Lehigh community is indeed fortunate.”

A bowtie aficionado known among students for his wise counsel, humor, racquetball challenges, and impressive PEZ collection, Hall said it was his good fortune to “have spent the past 11 years at a top-tier university, working with exceptional students, and alongside skilled and caring colleagues.

“I also don’t take for granted that I’ve served with a vice president for student affairs who is universally regarded as one of the nation’s best,” he said of Whitely. “My time at UM has certainly helped prepare me to embrace this significant leadership opportunity at Lehigh.”

Tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society in 2012, Hall joined UM in 2006, after 10 years in student affairs roles at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Clemson University in South Carolina. In addition to overseeing UM’s Greek life, the chaplain’s office, alcohol and drug education, judicial affairs, veteran student services, and the 24-hour crisis response team, he is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development, and a trusted advisor to Student Government and the Committee on Student Organizations.

Under his leadership, Whitely said, the U’s Greek system more than doubled and the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Drug Education received a $1 million endowment for the Posner Substance Abuse Education Fund.

Hall earned both his bachelor’s degree in business management and his master’s in higher education administration from Ohio University and his doctorate in educational leadership from Clemson. A frequently requested speaker, he has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on such subjects as mentoring, student discipline, diversity, leadership skills development, Greek Life, and wellness.

“From his previous role, we know that he can work across divisions and across colleges to continue to develop and sustain a Lehigh student experience that is truly distinctive,” Lehigh Provost Pat Farrell said in announcing Hall’s appointment, which followed a national search.

Added Anne Anderson, an associate professor in the Perella Department of Finance who chaired Lehigh’s search committee, “The fact that he was already known to many in the Student Affairs division was very telling. They knew of his work, his accomplishments, and his reputation, and they were very enthused at the prospect of working with him. He is someone who is interested in the personal development of the students, as well as the professionals working for him.”

UM will now begin its own national search for Hall’s successor.

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Attend the ‘It’s on Us’ Resource Fair on the Foote Green February 20


Educate yourself about on- and off-campus resources to prevent and treat sexual violence on Monday, February 20 at the It’s On Us Resource Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on the Foote Green. Get involved, take the campus climate survey, and enjoy free giveaways and food while learning about a serious issue. Questions? Contact ItsOnUs@miami.edu.

The It’s On Us campaign is aimed at ending sexual assault on college campuses. It encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for being a part of the solution to end gender-based violence.

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#BlackLivesMatter Co-Creator Alicia Garza to Speak at UM


Garza-AliciaFaculty, staff, and students are invited to  a special lecture by Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement on Thursday, March 9  at 7 p.m. in the Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom. As co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Garza has helped transform what was once a viral hashtag and social media force into a grassroots national organization and global human rights movement. In her talks, Garza shares her unflinching call to action against discrimination in the U.S. while galvanizing individuals to fight for freedom and justice for all black lives. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and is free of charge.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Student Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Housing & Residential Life. If you have any questions, contact the Department of Student Life by emailing studentlife@miami.edu or calling 305-284-2805.

 

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