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The Office of Institutional Culture sponsors and contributes to several University-wide programs to improve the culture at the University of Miami.


Intergroup dialogue is a face-to-face facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups that strives to create new levels of understanding, relating, and action (Xuniga, 2003). The University’s intergroup dialogue initiative, UDialogue, includes the following programs:

Intergroup Dialogue Undergraduate Course (EPS 430)—Offered through the Educational and Psychological Studies department of the School of Education and Human Development, EPS 430 is open to all undergraduate students and has no prerequisites. It is part of the Human and Social Development major, and is also part of the cognate Belonging in a Diverse Society: Intersections of Culture, Identity, and Social Justice. There are four versions of this course, each focusing on a particular set of social identities: race/ethnicity/socioeconomic status; gender; sexual orientation; and faith.

Faculty and Staff Program—This yearlong program is open to faculty and staff who wish to engage in dialogue across difference. Enrollment is limited.

Co-curricular Programs—A variety of co-curricular programs for dialogue across difference and discussion of social identities are available by request.

One Book, One U

Each year, the University selects a common book, providing a shared educational experience that becomes the springboard for dialogue and exchange throughout the University. This experience fosters cohesion and community, particularly during times when controversy and political polarization threaten unity at institutions of higher education. Previous common books include “The Veins of the Ocean” by Patricia Engel and “Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capó Crucet.  Learn more about One Book, One U.

Culture Champion Network

The Culture Champion Network encourages like-minded individuals to use their social networks and personal contacts to promote a culture of belonging within the University. For example, members of the network might volunteer to post information on their social media accounts to encourage participation in University-wide events. They contribute ideas for new way to engage their colleagues and provide feedback on culture initiatives.  Join the Culture Champion Network.


Thank a ’Cane — Send notes of gratitude to University of Miami colleagues and students. Expressions of gratitude are known to increase productivity, enhance well-being, and improve culture.

Recognize a ’Cane — Tag colleagues and students with our DIRECCT values and behaviors. Use this tool to help build a community that appreciates and recognizes Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork.

Connect 2 ’Canes — Create groups, share ideas, collaborate on projects, and find colleagues who have similar interests and values. The goal of this tool is to improve the culture of belonging by connecting colleagues with each other.

Share a Story — Share how fellow ’Canes are working to build a great culture at the U by putting our core values into practice.