Miami Presents: 40 years of the Bridges Program

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Join us for a special conversation as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Bridges Program at Miami.  The presenters, including the program founders, a recent alum and a student will talk about the impact the program has made. 

The Bridges Program was founded by Black alumni Wayne Dancie ’81 and Doug Banks ‘81 during their time as undergraduates at Miami University. The program came about in an effort to bring underrepresented students from around the state of Ohio to campus for a two-day visit. Today the program is led by alumnae Jonika Moore ‘98 and Dr. Monika Adkins ‘89. 

Webinar Participant Bios

Wayne Dancie ’81 is the founder of WLD Consulting Inc. The company does Boutique business advisory, management consulting, and interim executive staffing firm to closely-held companies. Wayne studied Finance and Accountancy as an undergrad at Miami. His wife Paula and daughter Leah Dancie also graduated from Miami as well.

Doug Banks ’81 recently retired as VP, Supervision and Regulation for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio. Doug studied Business at Miami. Doug is involved with the Cleveland chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. His wife Kelly ’81, children William Banks ‘11 and Dr. Mackenzie Simerlink ’17 also graduated from Miami.

Kayla Carson ’18 works as a recruiter for Macy’s. She was admitted to Miami through the Bridges Program and hosted students during her time as an undergraduate. Kayla graduated from the Farmer School of Business with a degree in Management and Leadership and a minor in Spanish.

Chase Harris is a Bridges Scholar at Miami University. Chase is a senior student majoring in Public Health and Biology. He is the current President of the Black Student Action Association and is a Resident Assistant. During the past three years, Chase has completed a summer undergraduate research fellowship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His goal is to become a physician.

The presentation is free to watch online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Seth Seward, with questions.  

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