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Celebrate the Life of William J. Sandler, Jr., on November 5

William J. 'Bill' Sandler, Jr.

William J. ‘Bill’ Sandler, Jr.

Join the University of Miami for a celebration of Dean of Students Emeritus William W. Sandler, Jr.’s life on Sunday, November 5 at 4 p.m. at the Newman Alumni Center.

Sandler, who passed away at age 83 on August 6, served four generations of UM students with pride, dedication, and distinction. After joining the institution in 1962, he helped shape and guide their academic careers in countless ways, from advising fraternities and sororities to playing a major role in the creation of the undergraduate Honor Council in 1986.

During his tenure, his dedication to and deep concern for the welfare of students had many positive impacts, including increased student involvement in leadership roles that enrich the University and the broader community, and the creation of the Sandler Center of Alcohol and Other Drug Education.

Kindly RSVP for the Celebration of Life to vpsa@miami.edu.

Donations in Sandler’s memory may be made to the Sandler Center by mailing a check payable to the Univeristy of Miami to: Dean of Students, 1306 Stanford, Drive, UC # 2250, Coral Gables, FL, 33146.

For more information call 305-284-4922.

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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.

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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.



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‘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.

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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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