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Favorite faculty and staff moments of 2021

By Life@TheU

Favorite faculty and staff moments of 2021

By Life@TheU
Each day faculty and staff members dedicate their talents to the greater mission and vision of the U. We’ve gathered some of the most impactful moments of 2021 to share with our readers.

Following a challenging 2020 full of changes, the University community continued to strive and adapt to circumstances throughout 2021. As of Jan. 14, nearly a month after the University of Miami Health System received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, UHealth had vaccinated approximately 12,000 front-line health care workers, employees, and patients ages 65 and older, adhering to guidelines defined by the state. 

Since the pandemic started, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program has offered 264 webinars to 15,735 participants. Additionally, the team organized 37 Group Check-in Meetings to 270 participants. While in-person professional development training was paused, the HR Talent and Organizational Development team has offered 277 leadership development sessions to more than 18,400 participants. As well, the University community had the opportunity to attend several virtual events that explored a variety of diversity and inclusion topics, including a discussion in honor of Native American History Month.

Keep reading to take a look back at the past year. Cheers to all the University faculty and staff members who made 2021 a memorable year!

We focused on authenticity and professional development.

In honor of Black History Month, Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion hosted its second annual “Leadership Insights” panel. With a focus on authenticity and professional development, the event involved a dynamic conversation with leaders from the University and South Florida. Read key takeaways and watch the recording.

We showed gratitude for each other.

On March 5—also known as 305 Day—University of Miami employees celebrated their appreciation for each other. The day commenced with a message of gratitude from President Julio Frenk to all faculty and staff. And it concluded with an outpouring of peer-to-peer recognition on social media. Check out highlights from the day.

We united in support of a greater purpose.

On Saturday, April 10, more than 3,000 participants turned out to ride, walk, run, or volunteer at the 11th annual Dolphins Challenge Cancer (DCC) event, which has raised more than $45.5 million for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center since its inception. A total of 223 teams united as one to fundraise, including University of Miami employees, students, donors, and other proud members of the ’Canes family. Read more and watch a recap video.

We celebrated longtime faculty and staff members.

University faculty and staff members who reached a service milestone in 2020 were recognized for their dedication over many years to growing and shaping the University of Miami. In recognition of those who have served the University for 25 milestone years or more, leaders and colleagues gathered to celebrate their work and share stories about their journeys during the Long Service Award Ceremony, held virtually on Tuesday, April 27. Read more and view a full list of 2020 honorees.

We embraced diversity and learned new ways to promote inclusion.

During an online discussion, the University community learned how using and supporting the use of pronouns can make the workplace more inclusive and help individuals feel more comfortable. During the event, hosted by Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion in honor of Pride Month, Claire Oueslati-Porter, an anthropologist, senior lecturer, and interim director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ gender and sexuality studies program, shared her insights and answered questions about navigating our evolving culture and society. Read more and watch the recording.


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