From the Desk of the Chief Diversity Officer

I was delighted when the Institute’s Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Jeff Dayton-Johnson, agreed to formalize diversity, equity, and inclusion at MIIS by creating the position of Chief Diversity Officer. This is a huge step for our community. Not only does this signify an institutional commitment to addressing discrimination and marginalization issues on our campus, but also provides hope of us proactively working to make the institute more inclusive and equitable.
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MIIS Speaks

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in our survey “Naming the Diversity Newsletter at MIIS.” As you probably have noted, I decided to go with the title: “The Black Mirror: Reflecting on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”  Continue reading

A Piece of Inspiration

Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society
to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous
thing for a society to be without.

                              –William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Community Spotlight

In this section, we will highlight the work being done by various members of our community to further diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. Below, we present the work of Sara Bidgood, CNS, Pushpa Iyer, GSIPM and three student clubs – Queers and Allies at MIIS, MIIS Immigrant Rights Alliance, and African Nations Club.

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Reflection and Response – Poverty Appropriation

You’ve heard of cultural appropriation, but have you heard of poverty appropriation? Like cultural appropriation, poverty appropriation is tied to the power, privilege, and the choice of the dominant culture to co-opt elements of a marginalized group for their own profit, entertainment, and/or benefit — examples include distressed clothing, tiny houses, and “cheap” food. We have summarized below some of the main arguments for and against poverty appropriation. After reading, please fill out this brief survey and tell us what you think. Continue reading

News from other Higher Education Institutions

News coming out of other Higher Education Campuses is very interesting to our work on diversity and inclusion. The Harvard Lawsuit case is one that is relevant to some of our discussions on campus about how to attract minority students and build  more diversity. The HEED award is something to strive for – hopefully, one day we will have our name up there as a recipient! Continue reading