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We are excited and immensely grateful to serve as your 2019 - 2020 Iron Arrow Officers. Over the past year, President Frenk kickstarted the “Culture of Belonging” initiative that advocates to assure that although the University of Miami is a diverse community, all ‘Canes feel as though they have a place and space in which they matter. In today’s society, equity across all platforms is heightened, and it is strategic that the key leaders at the University of Miami have such conversations and issues in the forefront of their mind’s. From the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, to President Julio Frenk, to the Officers of the highest honor one can attain at the University of Miami, organically the leaders of the greatest University are striving for all to have equal opportunities.  

Cultural appropriation was a heightened issue, unforeseen by our founder; however;  it has allowed us to review and adjust during a time where diversity and inclusion is key. Over the past two years, Iron Arrow has taken a step back to acknowledge and work to understand the complexity of cultural appropriation. We have held open dialogues, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miccosukee Tribe to revive our connection, and have officially accepted Curtis Osceola, a Miami Business School and Miami Law School alum, as our official liaison (between Iron Arrow and the Miccosukee). As a member of the Miccosukee tribe, and an active Alum of the University, it is welcoming and important to have a thorough and ongoing relationship with him. He serves to ensure that all practices carried out by Iron Arrow, are appropriate and align with Miccosukee culture and tradition. 

Much credit must be given to the previous two Officer classes as they approached and addressed the issue with great poise and diligence. However, works of improving diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding are never done, and that is we, your officers, are committed to continue fostering our relationship with the Miccosukee, advocating for an increase in cultural competency and strengthening the bond between Iron Arrow and the greater University of Miami community.  

Love of Alma Mater, Character, Leadership, Scholarship, and Humility 

Dewayne Washington II

Chief

Emma Lam

Son of Chief

Cachay Byrd

Medicine Woman

Winston Warrior

Advisor