We Are One U: Chicago

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It was wonderful to see so many 'Canes at our recent We Are One U event in Chicago on October 25. The welcome that President Frenk received from the University of Miami alumni community was incredible, and we are so grateful that so many of you were there!

frenkcircle-updated.JPGMeet President Julio Frenk

Dr. Julio Frenk is the sixth president of the University of Miami. A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the 1930s for a new life in Mexico, Frenk’s gratitude for the kindness of strangers has inspired his career. He was previously dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development. As minister of health of Mexico, he expanded access to health care for more than 55 million uninsured people. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and held top positions at the Mexican Health Foundation, World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Carso Health Institute. He holds an M.D., a Master of Public Health, and joint Ph.D.s in medical care organization and sociology. He has authored more than 30 books and monographs, and was a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award. Frenk is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social-sector economist, and is the proud father of four children.


neil hammerschlagVice Dean and Professor of Law Osamudia James 

How I Became Comfortable as That Lady: Racial Identity, Silence, and Equality in American Public Schools

American public schools have a critical role in preparing citizens for democracy. While they hold promise for an egalitarian future, Osamudia James, Vice Dean at the University of Miami School of Law, argues that public schools also simultaneously entrench deep racial inequality. What happens when people of color enter predominantly white institutions and try to retain their racial identities? James examines diversity and identity in public schools, exploring how “colorblind” laws and policy pose harm not just for people of color, but American democracy. 

Osamudia James is Vice Dean and professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she writes and teaches in the areas of education law, race and the law, administrative law, and torts.. Her scholarship explores the interaction of law and identity in the context of public education. She is the author of numerous law review articles and her commentary has been published by the New York Times, The Washington Post, and other national outlets.

’Cane Talks are lively presentations by leading thinkers in the UM Community, illuminating the big questions we face in the next century.

An Amazing Network of New Faces, Old Friends

And of course 'Canes had a great time! Check out the photos of the crowd and the conversations on social media.  To get involved with the Chicago 'Canes, visit their 'Cane Community page. Take advantage of the amazing alumni network in your area!

Thank you for the amazing support you give to the University of Miami!