Working Group Charges

In his inaugural address, on January 29, 2016, President Julio Frenk discussed the University of Miami's course to fulfill its greatest aspirations by its 100th anniversary, which will take place in ten years.

Now in the process of being developed, the Roadmap to Our New Century builds upon opportunities identified through the intensive Listening Exercise that concluded in fall 2015 and is comprised of eight initiatives where the University has the potential to distinguish itself. The initiatives embrace four defining visions for UM's future to be the hemispheric university; the excellent university; the relevant university; and the exemplary university. Eight working groups have been organized to develop the activities and projects of the initiatives; their reports will be completed by May 31, 2016.


100 new talents for 100 years

UM’s key product is knowledge—the creation of knowledge and its re-creation through research—which will be further elevated by the addition of 100 endowed talents over a ten-year period. The composition of the 100 endowed talents may include a combination of new and existing senior faculty, visiting faculty, and junior faculty.

  • June Teufel Dreyer (faculty)
  • Mihoko Suzuki (faculty)
  • Ben Kirtman (faculty)
  • Alex Portes (faculty)

Dyad: Dan Berg (faculty), David Birnbach (vice provost)

Special Projects: Khaleel Seecharan (staff)

Learn more at the 100 Talents roadmap initiative page


Problem-based interdisciplinary collaboration

This is a space for the development of ideas and provision of a funding mechanism to facilitate translation of theories and evidence to workable solutions. It enhances multidisciplinary connections across schools and departments.

  • Susan Morgan (faculty)
  • Kenny Broad (faculty)
  • Dalton Dietrich (faculty)
  • Nick Tsinoremas (faculty)

Dyad: John Bixby (vice provost), Rodolphe el-Khoury (dean)

Special Projects: Ben Tortolani (staff)

Learn more at the Problem-based Interdisciplinary Collaboration roadmap initiative page


Hemispheric innovation hub

This hub for innovation and new ventures aims to encourage entrepreneurship, enable collaboration, and spur product development. It is a vehicle for commercialization through the raising of venture capital, and will foster connectivity locally and hemisphere-wide.

  • Alessia Fornoni (faculty)
  • Vance Lemmon (faculty)
  • Leonard Pinchuk (faculty)
  • Rey Sanchez (faculty)

Dyad: Norma Kenyon (vice provost), Will Silverman (staff)

Special Projects: Ijeoma Adele (staff)

Learn more at the Hemispheric Innovation Hub roadmap initiative page


Hemispheric university consortium

UM’s unique location provides an opportunity for research and education collaboration across the hemisphere—in Latin America and North America as well as worldwide where synergies exist. This initiative may build on UM’s existing work with Laureate Partners, our online curriculum collaborator, and other organizations to attract scholars and promote collaboration and partnership with other universities.

  • Enrique Ginzberg (faculty)
  • Donette Francis (faculty)
  • Lilian Manzor (faculty)
  • Willy Prado (dean)

Dyad: Rebecca Fox (dean), Sabrina Rembold (staff)

Special Projects: Ben Tortolani (staff)

Learn more at the Hemispheric University Consortium roadmap initiative page


Culture of belonging

This initiative will contribute to an environment of inclusion on campus. It goes beyond the metrics of diversity; it will recommend actions toward a culture where all members of the University community feel valued and have the opportunity to add value.

  • Michael Alessandri (faculty)
  • Gail Cole-Avent (staff)
  • Brianna Hathaway (student)
  • Laz Pagan (staff)

Dyad: Greg Brenner (staff), Isaac Prilleltensky (vice provost and dean)

Special Projects: Ben Tortolani (staff)

Learn more at the Culture of Belonging roadmap initiative page


Access with excellence

This initiative's aim is to maximize all students' access to the full range of educational possibilities UM offers. It will propose programs and resources to minimize or eliminate financial obstacles to enrollment, learning, international study, research opportunities, and career networking and options for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Joanne Brown (staff)
  • Mike Gaines (faculty)
  • Arrix Ryce (student)
  • Marvin Dawkins (faculty)

Dyad: John Haller (vice president), Michelle Maldonado (faculty)

Special Projects: Ijeoma Adele (staff)

Learn more at the Access with Excellence roadmap initiative page


University-wide platform for educational innovation

Projects proposed from this initiative will contribute to enhanced teaching and learning experiences for students and faculty. This will afford students opportunities for a more active and participatory learning experience. For faculty, projects will provide opportunities to explore and test experimental teaching methods.

  • Rich Beckman (faculty)
  • Charles Eckman (dean)
  • Joshua L. Myers (student)
  • Joan St. Onge (faculty)

Dyad: Bill Green (senior vice provost and dean), Allan Gyorke (staff)

Special Projects: Ijeoma Adele (staff)

Learn more at the University-wide Platform for Educational Innovation roadmap initiative page


Investment in basic and applied science and engineering

UM’s achievements and excellence in the basic sciences, applied sciences, and engineering will be advanced through this initiative. It will cultivate opportunities for multidisciplinary scientific research, teaching, and innovation to ensure the University's capacity to address urgent contemporary issues and problems.

  • Glen Barber (faculty)
  • Amy Clement (faculty)
  • Angel Kaifer (faculty)
  • Tony Nanni (faculty)
  • Claes Wahlestedt (faculty)

Dyad: Leonidas Bachas (dean), Jean-Pierre Bardet (dean)

Special Projects: Khaleel Seecharan (staff)

Learn more at the Investment in Basic and Applied Science and Engineering roadmap initiative page