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Celebrate a Week of Cuban Culture

Get ready for a week of free Cuban food and coffee as the Federación de Estudiantes Cubano (FEC), which kicked off its annual Week of Cuban Culture last Friday, continues celebrating all things Cuban throughout the campus this week. The festivities, which began with an afternoon fiesta on the lakeside patio and a day of service last week, continue this week with the following events:

Monday, February 29
Abuelita’s Breakfast at the Rock, 9 to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 1
Tropicana at the Rat 12 p.m.- closing
Forum on Operation Pedro Pan, Shalala Student Center, North and South Ballrooms, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2
Azucar on the Rock, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chips and Salsa on the Rock, 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
Carnaval on the Rock, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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United Black Students Kick Off Black Awareness Month

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United Black Students Kick Off Black Awareness Month


In a ceremony that honored the achievements of African Americans and other people of color, United Black Students (UBS) kicked off Black Awareness Month on Monday at the Shalala Student Center, continuing a tradition that began in 1962 when the annual month-long observance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora began.

“This year we’re celebrating our immense history,” said University of Miami junior Imani Callan, chair of this year’s Black Awareness Month (BAM), which features a Black By Popular Demand theme. “We looked at every decade and century to learn about the important impacts blacks made at various points in history.”

Callan and her team then incorporated those achievements into events like Monday’s opening ceremony, where students and performers entertained the audience with African American-themed talks, poems, dances, and songs representative of different decades. A presentation featuring facts about the influence blacks have had on American culture throughout the decades also was given. For example, during the performance of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” pictures were displayed of African-Americans who received prestigious awards in Hollywood, such as actress Halle Berry.

“Anyone who comes to BAM events this year can expect to learn something about black culture and be immersed in it,” said Callan.

Henson Destine, one of the chairs for BAM’s opening ceremony, agreed, saying this entire month is a way to “expose the UM environment” to black culture.

UBS began organizing BAM events last March, and this year’s festivities run the gamut.

For those who enjoy theatrical performances, UBS will participate in a viewing of “Motown: The Musical” on Friday, February 5 at the Adrienne Arsht Center (a ticket is required). The story is about Motown Records and how its creator, Berry Gordy, launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and other notable black entertainers.

Students interested in attending medical, law, or graduate school can participate in the Life After Undergrad Panel in which graduate students will provide insights and information on post-baccalaureate degree options. The panel starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15 in the Shalala Student Center’s Activities South Room.

The month will end with a day of service at the Overtown Youth Center as well as a BAM Family Reunion with soul food, fun, and games.

View a complete schedule of events during Black Awareness Month.



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Expert to Lead Planning for LGBTQ Center

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Expert to Lead Planning for LGBTQ Center

UM News


Ronni Sanlo

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 3, 2016)—The University of Miami has announced that it will increase the resources available to support students of all gender identities and sexual orientations by establishing a dedicated center on campus. To plan the scope of what the center should offer, the University has engaged Ronni Sanlo, a foremost expert on LGBTQ issues in the realm of higher education, to conduct a series of meetings to create strategic plans for the UM center.

A forum for UM students will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16. The next day, Wednesday, February 17, Sanlo will lead a daylong strategic-planning session with the UM community, including faculty, staff, and alumni. To participate, register by Friday, February 12. The planning session will be followed on Wednesday, February 17 by Letters to Anita, the award-winning documentary about Sanlo, who lost custody of her children after she came out as a lesbian. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. screening, which takes place at UM’s Cosford Cinema.

“Dr. Sanlo is one of higher education’s most sough-after experts on LGBTQ issues,” said Pat Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “I am delighted she has accepted our invitation to join us at UM as we seek to create a truly first-rate and inclusive LGBTQ Center.”

A Miami Beach native who formerly served as an HIV/AIDS epidemiologist for the Florida Health Department, Sanlo is the director emeritus of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at UCLA, where she served as the senior associate dean of students and professor/director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs.

She previously served on the higher education faculty at California State University Fullerton, and as director of the University of Michigan LGBT Center.

Sanlo is the founding chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals, and is the originator of the award-winning Lavender Graduation commencement event, which the University of Miami first held in 2015.

The screening of Letters to Anita at the Cosford Cinema is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required by February 12. Sanlo will be on hand to answer questions following the film.

For more information, email lgbtq@miami.edu.


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Tunnel Sheds Light On Oppression

Interactive exhibit raises awareness about issues surrounding racism, religion, climate change, human trafficking, and more.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

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Um President Julio Frenk and Dr. Felicia Knaul tour the Tunnel of Oppression with a group of students.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 27, 2016) – A wall covered with photos of transgender women of color who have been murdered in the past year. A poster displaying a United Nations statistic that says as many as 4 million men, women, and children are sold into slavery each year. An illustration showing what sea level rise will do to buildings in Miami. And a black and white photo of human remains discovered at a Nazi concentration camp.

Those are among some of the disturbing images and facts on display inside the Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive exhibit on the third floor of the University of Miami’s Shalala Student Center that raises awareness about such issues as race, gender identification, human trafficking, and climate change.

Students, faculty, and staff who tour the exhibit are guided through a series of nine themed rooms designed to educate and challenge people to think more deeply about issues that impact society.

“We get so caught up in our campus bubble sometimes that we forget what’s happening in the real world,” said Saskia Groenewald, a student assistant at the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development and co-chair of the committee that organized this year’s Tunnel of Oppression. “That’s why we made the theme of this exhibit Headlines, to focus more attention on what’s happening today.”

UM President Julio Frenk, the son of German-Jewish immigrants who fled to Mexico to escape the persecution of Nazi Germany, and his wife, Dr. Felicia Knaul, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, toured the tunnel on Tuesday with a group of students.

Frenk called the exhibit a “powerful experience” and applauded the students who organized it, saying their efforts help raise awareness about harsh realities.

As many as 800 students will tour the exhibit, an official event of UM’s presidential inauguration week, during its three-day run, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Pat Whitely.

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Haiti Remembrance Takes Place Tuesday

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Haiti Remembrance Takes Place Tuesday

Haiti.RemembranceSix years after Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake left tens of thousands dead, Planet Kreyol is inviting the UM community to the Shalala Student Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, to remember the victims of the disaster that unleashed the University’s unprecedented emergency response and strengthened the U’s commitment to the hemisphere’s poorest nation. Read more about that enduring bond in the Haiti Special Report.

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