What would you do for a fellow ’Cane?

What would you do for a fellow ’Cane?

By KiAnna Dorsey and Genesis Cosme

What would you do for a fellow ’Cane?

By KiAnna Dorsey and Genesis Cosme
’Canes Care for ’Canes is more than just a phrase – University of Miami students implement the saying into their day-to-day lives

Compassion. Understanding. Family. To our community, the phrase “'Canes Care for 'Canes” takes many forms, but encompasses one important idea at UM: making each and every member of our community feel respected and welcome. 

Established in 2010 by Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs, the campus-wide ’Canes Care for ’Canes initiative aims to promote a more caring campus community that supports kindness, spreads awareness of resources, and cares for fellow 'Canes.

The initiative is also backed by a group of students who host campus events and outreach programs to encourage the UM community to care for one another. Aliza Ukani, sophomore neuroscience, economics, and history major, and Kayla Gardner, senior marketing major, are the student-led 'Canes Care for 'Canes chair and vice-chair, respectively. In the video below, they - and other students - emphasize how random acts of kindness and anonymously reporting concerns for a peer in need are also small actions any member of our community can do to make a difference in the life of one person. 

What would you do for a fellow 'Cane? If you are concerned about another student, reach out and help them get connected to campus resources. To submit a concern or to learn more, visit canescare.studentaffairs.miami.edu.