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Introducing Lumen: A groundbreaking thought leadership initiative

The University of Miami's groundbreaking new initiative, Lumen, brings together experts from across the institution to tackle some of the most urgent global challenges of our time.
From left: Donna Coker, Robin Bachin, Lindsay Grace, and Alex Piquero
From left: Donna Coker, Robin Bachin, Lindsay Grace, and Alexis Piquero. 

Researchers, scientists, and faculty members at the University of Miami—a top research institution in the country and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities—are pioneers in their respective fields, offering knowledge and insight that tackle and address some of the most critical issues facing the world today.

Lumen brings their stories to you. 

A thought leadership program at the U, Lumen illuminates the voices of these distinguished experts. Captivating videos, featured on social media @LumenUMiami, showcase the expertise of these distinguished professionals and offer a glimpse into their groundbreaking work. Audiences are encouraged to broaden their perspectives, engage with multifaceted discussions that inspire curiosity and innovation, and delve into diverse topics ranging from climate change and video game design to crime prevention and beyond.  

Conceptualized and developed by Sanjeev Chatterjee, a professor in the School of Communication, Lumen facilitates the exploration of cutting-edge topics. 

“Our approach is to identify leaders in thought and action among our diverse faculty and have them address questions of current significance in what has been called a ‘snackable’ format,” Chatterjee said.

Meet the first set of experts:

  • Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau associate professor of history, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, and assistant provost and founding director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.
  • Donna Coker is professor of law at the School of Law, where she teaches Evidence; Substantive Criminal Law; Gender Violence and Social Justice; Social Justice Lawyering; Restorative Justice and Law; Mass Incarceration: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies; and Criminal Justice Policy Reform.
  • Lindsay Grace is Knight Chair in Interactive Media and an associate professor at the School of Communication. He is vice president for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance and the 2019 recipient of the Games for Change Vanguard Award.
  • Alexis Piquero is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar. He previously served as the director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one of the nation’s 13 federal statistical agencies, appointed by President Joe Biden in June 2022.

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