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   About the UniDiversity Program

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The UniDiversity Program facilitates interdisciplinary thinking and scholarship, and provide deepened engagement with contemporary and historical issues related to Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a diasporas. The UniDIversity program is part  of a series of events planned at Miami University to highlight the National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, and beyond this celebration. The kick-off event of this program in the Fall semester is the Latin American and Caribbean Festival, and in the Spring semester -the signature event is the César E. Chávez Celebration Program.


UNIDIVERSITY FESTIVAL – FALL 2016

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION @MiamiOH | 2016 UNIDIVERSITY PROGRAM
Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Save the date! YOU ARE INVITED!
Friday, September 23, 2016 | 5.30pm–9.00pm | Oxford Uptown Parks 

PROGRAM ON THE STAGE
5.30 pm: Welcome by the director Center for American and World Cultures; and Proclamation of the National Hispanic Heritage Month by the Mayor, City of Oxford
5.45 pm: Amazon John and Silly Safari, animal show
6.15 pm: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet folklorico
7.00 pm: UniDiversity festival address of the celebration by President Gregory Crawford, Miami University -introduced by Cheryl Young, Assistant Provost for Global Initiatives -and followed by the  International Peace Day, flags parade

7.15 pm: Toca Madera, Latin band
8.00 pm: Orquesta Son Del Caribe directed by Jaime Morales-Mattos
9.00 pm: Grand prize, and closing of the festival

Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures with support from The Barahona Latino Resource Fund; the College of Education, Health, and Society; the College of Education, Health and Society Partnership Office; the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Geography, the Department of Music, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies Program, the Miami Family Fund, the Miami University Performing Arts Series, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Oxford Community Foundation; and in partnership with Oxford Visitors Bureau, and Talawanda School District -along with the  Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs; and media partner Mujer Latina Today.

Ohio Commission on Latino Hispanic Affairs

Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs

Media partner Mujer Latina Today

Mujer Latina Today

Mujer Latina Today, media partner

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Talawanda community outreach UniDiversity Program

As part of the CAWC Talawanda community outreach UniDiversity program some of the guest groups will perform at Bogan Elementary (Silly Safari live animal show), Talawanda Middle School and Talawanda High School (El Corazon de Mexico Ballet folklorico) during this week of festivities encompassed with Talawanda School District Homecoming.

Other activities featured at the UniDiversity Festival
Information Fair |5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Local community organizations and Miami University programs, departments and student organizations will share information about their programs and events, work and services related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino communities in the U.S.A. For more information contact Silvia Rothschild, Latino Community Outreach coordinator.

Voter Registration  The Oxford League of Women Voters will host a voter registration table at the UniDiversity Festival information fair. This is a great opportunity for you to join the festivities, and also register to vote!

Did you know? Half of Hispanics/Latinos in Ohio CAN VOTE! There are 199,000 Hispanic/Latinos eligible to vote in Ohio. ~OCHLA, Ohio Latino Vote Campaign #LatinOHvote

Traditional Food, Arts and Crafts
Mazunte (Mexican), Ena’s Jerkmania (Caribbean), Arepas (Venezuelan), Ice Cones, Mola’s Arts (Panamanian). For more information contact Silvia Rothschild, Latino Community Outreach coordinator.

Children’s activities
Amazon John and Silly Safari, animal live show, alpacas and llamas, Petting Zoo, face painting, artistic balloons (balloon twisters), traditional games, and more…

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UniDiversity Festival, Program At-A-Glance

For curricular integration and connections contact:  Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, chair, UniDiversity Program, planning committee.

For volunteer opportunities contact: Silvia Rothschild, Latino Community Outreach Coordinator.

Directions to Oxford

Map 

Accommodations (if you are planning to stay)

For detailed information and updates, visit our website or the Facebook page.

Other events related to the UniDiversity Festival

The Molas: The Art of Being Kunas

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Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund 
Please consider contributing to the Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund.
Gifts to Global Initiatives contribute to the comprehensive internationalization of Miami University and help provide diverse cultural and global learning experiences for students, faculty, and the community.

Jacqueline Rioja Velarde | Communications & Marketing
Latin(o) American & Caribbean Initiatives | UniDiversity
Center for American and World Cultures | Global Initiatives
Miami University | 1-513-529-6518  | MiamiOH.edu


UNIDIVERSITY FESTIVAL – FALL 2015

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Oxford Uptown Memorial Parks
Hight St. & Main St., Oxford, OH 45056
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

The program includes:
5:30 pm  The Proclamation of the National Hispanic Heritage Month by Dr. Kate Rousmaniere, Vice-Mayor, City of Oxford. Welcome to the UniDiversity Festival by Dr. Jayne Brownell, Miami University Vice President for Student Affairs.

7:00 pm  UniDiversity Festival Address by Dr. Maria Cronley, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Featured on the main stage are:
5:45 pm – Amazon John, and Silly Safari, Animal Live Show

6:15 pm – Asi Es Colombia!, Folklore Dance group.

7:15 pm  – Que Lindo Es Panama!, Dance troupe

8:00 pm – Orquesta Kandela, Latin band

Other activities featured at the UniDiversity Festival

Information Fair
Local community organizations and Miami University programs, departments and student organizations will share information about their programs and events, work and services related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino communities in the U.S.A.

Book reading with Children’s author, Cintia Roman-Garbelotto. For more information about her Children’s books visit: www.thesearebooks.com, www.facebook.com/crgbooks 

Voter Registration The Oxford League of Women Voters will host a voter registration table at the UniDiversity Festival information fair. This is a great opportunity for you to join the festivities, and also register to vote! http://www.oxford.oh.lwvnet.org/index.html,  https://www.facebook.com/lwvoxford?fref=ts

Traditional Food, Crafts and Art Taqueria Mercado (Mexican) -Ena’s Jerkmania (Caribbean) – Arepas (Venezuelan) -Ice Cones – Mola’s Arts (Panamanian)

Children’s activities Amazon John and Silly Safari, Animal live show – Alpacas and llamas Petting Zoo – Face painting – Artistic balloons (balloon twisters) – Traditional games – and more…

Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures and the Office of Diversity Affairs and with contributions from the Barahona Latino Resource Fund, the College of Education, Health and Society, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Geography, the Department of Music, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program, the Oxford Community Foundation, and the Special Events Fund; and in partnership with the Association of Latin and American Students, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Talawanda Middle School, Talawanda High School and the Oxford Visitors Bureau.

For more information about the festival visit:
http://www.miamioh.edu/global/cawc/
http://www.miamioh.edu/global/cawc/signature-events/unidiversity

Directions to Oxford http://www.enjoyoxford.org/about/directions/

Map http://www.enjoyoxford.org/about/map/

Accomodations (if you are planning to stay) http://www.enjoyoxford.org/stay/

Contacts for more information: 

Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, co-director, UniDiversity Festival, Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives, riojavjd@MiamiOH.edu.

Juanita Tate, co-director, UniDiversity Festival, Office of Diversity Affairs, Student Affairs, tatejs1@MiamiOH.edu.

For volunteer opportunities contact: Silvia Rothschild, Latino Community Coordinator, Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives, rothsc@MiamiOH.edu.

Full Poster for the Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Homecoming weekend @MiamiOH; Friday September 18, 2015, Uptown Parks in Oxford OH: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM Free and Open to the Public.

 

UNIDIVERSITY PROGRAM CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge

Students will be able:

  • to recognize the diversity of ethnic background, languages, cuisine, arts and other cultural traditions and expressions among Latino, Latin American and Caribbean communities
  • to identify different values of Latino, Latin American and Caribbean cultural heritage
  • to analyze the contributions (social and economic) of the Hispanic/Latino population, as the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States
  • to assess the impacts/effects of Latino, Latin American and Caribbean diasporas in the United States

Awareness

  • to raise students’ and public awareness and appreciation of Latino, Latin American and Caribbean people and culture(s)

Skills

  • to develop leadership skills engaging in the organization, implementation and assessment of some of the events
  • to strength their cross-cultural competencies
  • to go out of their comfort zones to enhance their understandings of the Hispanic and Latino culture, so they may participate in opportunities to be engaged in research, service learning and civic engagement experiences
  • to promote better understandings of the importance of diversity and inclusion in our community.

For more information about Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Initiatives contact: Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, associate director, Center for American and World Cultures, Global Initiatives at riojavjd@MiamiOH.edu – 513.529.6518.

Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund 
Please consider contributing to the Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival Fund.
Gifts to Global Initiatives contribute to the comprehensive internationalization of Miami University and help provide diverse cultural and global learning experiences for students, faculty, and the community.

UNIDIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Yes, I Want to Support the UniDiversity Scholarship Fund

UniDiversity Scholarship Fund recipients are nominated by the Center for American and World Cultures. The fund supports multicultural undergraduate and graduate students with preference given to students of Hispanic/Latino heritage.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Mary Jane Berman
Director, Center for American and World Cultures
bermanmj@MiamiOH.edu

Erika Dockery
Senior director, Development Central Programs
dockerye@MiamiOH.edu