From the Desk of the Chief Diversity Officer

I am pleased to present the second issue of The Black Mirror. I received many positive comments on the first issue and our readership is growing with more people asking to be added to the mailing list. Our readers seemed to have enjoyed knowing about the good work of many in our community and appreciated the incorporation of different voices in the newsletter. Continue reading

MIIS Speaks – Poverty Appropriation

By Jacob Dwyer and Pushpa Iyer

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first “MIIS Speaks” poll on the topic of poverty appropriation. Sixty-eight MIIS students, faculty, staff, and alumni filled out this survey. We were encouraged by the level of participation and especially the number of comments that were left at the end of the survey. Continue reading

A Piece of Inspiration

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow
confines of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.

                                 — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community Spotlight

In this issue, we highlight the experiences and plans of those who participated in a Decolonizing Knowledge workshop in Washington DC, Prof. Anne Campbell’s approach to assigning readings for her courses, and brief reports of the events organized and hosted by our student clubs. Continue reading

Allies at MIIS

The Fall 2018 student core group of Allies at MIIS, an initiative of the Center for Conflict Studies, has four students – Jacob Dwyer, Gina Pham, Óscar Cejudo Corbalán, and Emily Hoang. I continue to lead the group in my capacity as the Director of the Center, and we have spent many hours this semester reflecting on issues related to identity-related discrimination. Continue reading