• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l John Robinson-Miller IV l 9/16/2021

John Robinson-Miller IV, Assistant Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, shares on the theme "Dreaming". Robinson-Miller IV uses the works of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to center us into a revolutionary idea of dreaming and its importance in our present lives. In sum, we must declare our dreams, maintain our dreams, and connect our dreams to others so that they are bigger than ourselves.

John Robinson-Miller IV is an Assistant Director in the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education. In his role, he has oversight of all Black student initiatives, SMART Mentoring Program, African Diaspora LLC, Men of Distinction, and our annual Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards ceremony.

As an inclusion educator, Robinson-Miller is dedicated to cultivating a grounded environment for others to develop their understanding of cultural humility while advocating for the liberation of minoritized communities within systems of oppression. His life motto is “Adinkrahene. AYA. Sankofa.” (Lead. Endure. Remember.)


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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