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December 2015

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Fall Commencement Ceremony
  • Academic Calendar
    • Thursday, December 10, 2015- Wednesday, December 16- Final Exams
    • Wednesday, December 23, 2015- Final grades available to students in CaneLink
    • Monday, January 11, 2016- First Day of spring classes
    • For a full list of dates, please see the academic calendar here:
  • Facilities/Closings
    • Shalala Student Center (including Kornspan Study Lounge) & Whitten University Center
      • December 19-January 2: Closed
  • On-Campus Housing Dates
    • As soon as possible – If you require Intersession Housing, please come to the Housing and Residential Life Office
    • Dec 17 - Residential Colleges Close at 12:00p.m. (Noon) for non-graduating students
    • Dec 18 - Residential Colleges Close at 12:00p.m. (Noon) for graduating students
    • Dec 18 - Room Change Moves – 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.; All Approved Room Changes Must be Completed by 5:00p.m.
    • Jan 4 – Pre-approved Sorority Recruitment participants can begin moving in no earlier than 5:00 p.m.
    • Jan 5 – New International Students participating in New International Student Orientation can begin moving in at 8:00 a.m.
    • Jan 6 – All returning and new students can begin moving in at 8:00 a.m.

President Frenk’s Inauguration

President Frenk’s Inauguration
As we wrap up this Fall Semester, we are looking forward to a great Spring Semester in 2016. On January 29, 2016, Dr. Julio Frenk will be inaugurated as the sixth president of the University of Miami. The UM community celebration will include a weeklong schedule of events ranging from academic lectures and exhibits to a series of ‘CaneTalks tackling the big questions that are facing society. The theme of the Inauguration Ceremony is “Charting the Course to Our New Century,” a reference to the University’s centennial in 2025. President Frenk will unveil his platform for the next decade during the ceremony. For more information, please visit

Spring Reminders- Student Accounts

For Spring 2016, all payments are due by January 4, 2016. For more information, visit

The Office of Student Account Services processes all financial information of a students' accounts during their enrollment at the University of Miami. Staff members are available to assist and answer inquiries by phone (305) 284-6430 Option 5, email, or in person.

Student Government & United Black Students Response to Mizzou

The University of Miami Student Government and the United Black Students composed a letter to show support for the students at the University of Missouri. The primary motive was to create a letter that not only showed solidarity, but also effectively relayed the experiences of Black students on the campus of a predominantly White institution, and to help spread awareness about a situation that could easily happen anywhere.

You can read our letter here:

Messages from President Frenk about Task Forces

On December 3, a letter in response to the Presidential Task Force for Addressing Black Students’ Concerns was released to the campus community. Access it here:

On December 7, a letter in response to the LGBTQ Task Force was released to the campus community. Access it here:

'Canes Summit Fall 2015

Cane Summit Discussion

‘Canes Summit for Leadership, Diversity and Social Change is a two-day leadership and diversity conference for University of Miami students which seeks to increase awareness of self through the lens of identity, leadership development and social issues. It is a student-led program organized by student leaders from across campus who are passionate about diversity and the betterment of their community. ‘Canes Summit hosted 90 UM students on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th. The program provided students an opportunity for personal growth, knowledge acquisition, and skill development through, group activities, interactive workshops and a panel discussion with local community leaders.

Friday night’s session focused on identity exploration amongst student participants. Activities focused on exploring privilege and oppression, allowing for students to have insightful conversations about the impact of power within our society. Additionally, students completed an Identity Playlist which allowed them to share various aspects of themselves with meaningful songs. Students also heard from Dr. Patricia A. Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs, about the importance of diversity, its relevance to leadership and the commitment the University has taken to create an inclusive environment for all students.

On Saturday morning, students attended breakout sessions presented by UM faculty, staff and local community leaders on similar topics. The first block of workshops explored identity through the lens of gender and sexuality, socioeconomic status and -isms. The second group of workshops focused on inclusivity in leadership through the concepts of cross-cultural communication, ethical decision making and servant leadership. During lunch, participants networked with local community change makers leading the charge on addressing local issues through non-profit, grass roots efforts and the legal system.  The final block of sessions focused on social issues in South Florida.

All participants walked away with a myriad of giveaways, including a leadership workbook. Most importantly, participants walked away with newly fostered relationships and connections with their peers, faculty, staff and local community leaders. ‘Canes Summit is sponsored by the by the William R. Butler Center for Service and Leadership and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Miami. For more information on the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, please visit For more information on the Office of Multicultural Student affairs, please visit

Cane Summit Group

News at UM

The first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science at UM lands a job at Microsoft -

Richt Named New Football Coach -

A Globally Flavored Thanks -


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