Tag Archive | "Student Affairs"

UM Announces Support for DACA Students and Employees


UM Announces Support for DACA Students and Employees

MigrationFrom the day the University of Miami opened its doors in 1926, just weeks after a hurricane devastated South Florida, it has stood on a foundation of resolve, resourcefulness, and resilience, especially in the face of challenge. These are the same characteristics that have propelled generations of people to leave their homelands and start anew in the United States—and the same traits that have imbued their children with the drive to advance their knowledge and pursue their dreams.

The University of Miami is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff of all nationalities and citizenship status with opportunities to nurture their talents and achieve their goals. The University supports undocumented students and “dreamers,” those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and will do all it can, within the law, to enable them to continue their education and employment.

President Julio Frenk is among more than 600 college and university presidents from public and private U.S. institutions to sign a statement in support of the DACA program and undocumented immigrant students, urging that these student populations “represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.”

In addition to the U Dreamers Grant, a four-year grant available to eligible DACA students who apply to the University of Miami no later than January 1 of their senior year in high school, we offer the following academic, legal, and personal resources to the campus community.

 Campus Resources

  • The School of Law’s Immigration Clinic offers free and confidential consultations to UM students who are undocumented or in DACA status. Eligible and interested students should email immigrationclinic@law.miami.eduand ask for an appointment.
  • Undocumented or DACA students who are coping with stressors related to immigration status can take advantage of the services at the UM Counseling Center. Individual, group, and other counseling resources are available without additional charge for all enrolled and health-fee-paying UM students.
  • For further assistance and information about additional resources, students may contact Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs, at 305-284-4922 or vpsa@miami.edu.

Posted in InsideUM, News, Priority: Home Page More News, Priority: Home Page TeaserComments Off

Whitely to Receive Faculty Senate’s Service Award


Whitely to Receive Faculty Senate’s Service Award

UM News

WhitelyCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 9, 2016)—One of the nation’s longest-serving, most admired, and innovative student affairs leaders, Pat Whitely has always gone above and beyond the call of duty—so much so that the Student Government Executive Board established the Patricia A. Whitely Unsung Hero Award in 2012 to recognize unheralded change-makers in the UM community.

Now, it’s the Faculty Senate’s turn to honor UM’s vice president for student affairs. In a unanimous vote, the Senate selected Whitely as the 2017 recipient of one of its highest honors, the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award, which will be bestowed at the Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony on April 3, 2017.

Appointed to her current role by UM’s fourth president, Tad Foote exactly 20 years ago this very day, Whitely joined the UM staff as a residence coordinator in 1982 and has pursued new strategies to enhance student life and keep pace with the changing world ever since. As a young staff member, she helped plan the establishment of UM’s five residential colleges.

Over the decades and through many promotions, she helped the U enhance opportunities for student engagement, embrace advancing technology and social media, and complete major new facilities, including the Donna E. Shalala Student Center. She also has mentored countless students, faculty, and administrators, celebrating their triumphs, and lending a strong and compassionate shoulder in the most trying times.

In 1992, when Hurricane Andrew barreled toward South Florida with thousands of first-year students and their visiting parents attending orientation Whitely kept them safe and sheltered while getting the campus back up and running.

In 2014, when she took the helm of NASPA, (the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), the world’s leading association for student affairs professionals, higher education was undergoing rapid changes. But drawing on her vast experience and boundless energy she kept NASPA relevant and results-oriented. Among her many accomplishments, she strengthened NASPA’s strategic support of student affairs professionals in the nation’s community colleges.

Over the years, she has received numerous other awards, many of them from UM students, as well as the NASPA Pillar of the Profession in 2009 and the NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Vice President for Student Affairs in 2013—the highest award in her profession.

Early next year, the Senate will select the 2017 recipients for two other honors, the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, which also will be presented next April.



Posted in Honors, News, Priority: Home Page TeaserComments Off

Tags: , ,

‘Canes of All Ages ‘Make Their Move’ and Celebrate Homecoming

With its spectacular fireworks, traditional boat-burning ceremony, parade of classic cars and “Make Your Move” board game-themed floats, Homecoming festivities presented by Student Affairs and the Homecoming Executive Committee Friday night was a nostalgic extravaganza for thousands of current students and alumni, including Grand Marshal and NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who returned to campus to celebrate the U. The revelry continued Saturday when the Hurricanes defeated Pittsburgh 51-28, with junior quarterback Brad Kaaya throwing four touchdown passes and scoring on a run in the offensive slugfest at Hard Rock Stadium.

Posted in Freeze Frame, NewsComments Off

Expert to Lead Planning for LGBTQ Center

Tags: ,

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.


Posted in News, Priority: Home Page More News, Priority: Home Page TeaserComments Off


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

Tunnel of Oppression 3[2]

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.

Posted in News, Priority: Home Page More NewsComments Off

  • Features
  • Tags
  • Popular
  • Subscribe
  • Subscribe to the Veritas RSS Feed
    Get updates to all of the latest Veritas posts by clicking the logo at the right.

    You can also subscribe to specific categories by browsing to a particular section on our site and clicking the RSS icon below each section's header.

UM Facebook

UM Twitter