Social Innovation Weekend


Social Innovation Weekend

Entrepreneurship is not the solution to the world’s problems…

But, it can be part of the solution.

Social Innovation Weekend┬áis an opportunity for Miami students from all across campus to gather together and work on big social and environmental challenges that affect our world and the Cincinnati region.┬á Here are a few of the topics we’ve taken on…

  • 2018 – Infant Mortality
  • 2019 – Addiction & Recovery
  • 2020 – Food Insecurity
  • 2021 – Homelessness & Affordable Housing
  • 2022 – Mental Health & Resilience

By doing this kind of work, we can make a difference, but just as important, we can learn from and with each other so we can make a real difference in the long run.

We run┬áSocial Innovation Weekend┬áon Miami’s Oxford, OH campus every Spring – you can even get course credit for doing it. ┬áCheck out what some of the past participants have to say about their experience┬á(below) and go to┬á┬áfor more information (or just ask me about it).┬á

It’s On Us – To end sexual and interpersonal violence.


To end sexual and interpersonal violence.

Sexual assault happens in your community, on your campus… at your alma mater, regularly. So do other forms of interpersonal violence.

It happens here at Miami University… at Ohio’s “public ivy“… in the #1 Best College Town in America. And, assuming Oxford is similar to the national average, reported cases only account for 26% of the total that occur.

Miami launched a chapter of the It’s On Us initiative┬áin 2015 (check out the video below). But, to be honest, I’m disappointed about how little we really talk about this problem or what each of us can do to help stop it.

I highly recommend you support this organization and other efforts to stop violence and assault (no matter where it happens). ┬áBut don’t stop there. Facebook campaigns and awareness efforts can help, but maybe the most meaningful thing we can do is take action, as members of the campus community. ┬áThat means talking about these issues together and taking responsibility for the safety of others around us day-in and day-out.

STUDENTS – Are you alert and aware of what’s happening around you with respect to your own safety AND the safety of others (especially in situations where the risk is higher)? ┬áAre there people around you that are at risk and are you ready to step in and intervene to help keep them safe? Are you calling out people who say and do things that make assault seem justified or normal? Are you willing to sacrifice your own comfort and convenience to help protect someone else?

FACULTY & STAFF – Are we accepting that, as members of this community and ones in whom our students put their trust, their┬ásafety and welfare are our concern even when they’re not with us in the classroom? Are we willing to proactively address this problem and talk about it with our students? Are we willing to hold ourselves and our administration accountable to addressing this problem in a real and meaningful way, not just assume that our tacit support of official campus initiatives is enough?

It’s On Us Miami