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Home for the Holidays

Join us for a pre-winter break discussion about engaging with family and friends of difference viewpoints and backgrounds while "home for the holidays." College campuses are grounds for growth and exposure to diverse thinking, and this can be a turning point for many students who now cannot relate as strongly with friends and family they once were able to. UMD is creating a space to share those stories and to discuss tips for maintaining meaningful relationships while traversing awkward conversations.

Date/time: Thursday, December 6 7:30pm
Location: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Prince George's Room

Rainbow Walk-In Hour at the LGBT Equity Center

During Rainbow Walk-in hours, students are not required to schedule an appointment in advance and are guaranteed to meet with an LGBT-friendly counselor.

Date/time: Monday-Friday 3-4pm
Location: Shoemaker Building


TransU is a discussion group within the student organization, Pride Alliance. The group meets weekly and provides a space for transgender students and students questioning their gender identity. The group is inclusive of non-binary identities and always open to newcomers!

Date/time: Thursdays 5-6pm
Location: 2218 Marie Mount Hall

Past Events

Diversity & Inclusion Training

How to Have Crucial Diversity Conversations

This training focuses on some common crucial conversations that need to happen in work environments striving for inclusion and diversity. Topics include interrupting harmful ways of relating with one another, having conversations when you have immediate diversity concerns, and proactive conversations that help create a culture of inclusion.

Date/time: February 13, 2018 12-1:15pm
Location: Van Munching Hall, Room 1203
Target audience: SPP faculty and staff

Cultural Competency in the Classroom: Strategies & Suggestions

Culturally competent courses strive to create environments that allow for effective, ethical and accountable conversations across difference. This training aims to help you think about and strategize how you make your classroom brave enough for students to engage in conversations about difference. 

Date/time: February 21, 2018 12-1:15pm
Location: Van Munching Hall, Room 1203
Target audience: SPP faculty and TAs

Community Dialogues: What Does an Inclusive Community Mean to Me?

Each Community Dialogues facilitated discussion will be centered around a question for the group. Join us for this conversation around issues of diversity and inclusion at the School of Public Policy. Pizza will be served.

Date/time: November 13, 2018 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: 1107 Van Munching Hall
RSVP: go.umd.edu/sppinclusive18

SPP Events

Strengthening Our Community

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Jason Nichols, lecturer in the African American Studies Department of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences. The discussion will be moderated by Corinne Paul, MPP student and president of Black Students in Public Policy. 

Date/time: February 28, 2018 7pm
Location: Van Munching Hall, Atrium

Leadership in Fraught Times: Responding to Hate and Bias

Join us for a discussion with Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League regional director, and Chief David Mitchell, UMD chief of policy and director of public safety, moderated by Dean Robert Orr. 

Date/time: March 8, 2018 7pm
Location: Van Munching Hall, Atrium

2018 Parren J. Mitchell Symposium on Racial Wealth Inequality

The School of Public Policy is a co-sponsor of the 2018 Parren J. Mitchell Symposium on Racial Wealth Inequality. See confirmed panels and speakers. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

"Moving Beyond Bias" Diversity & Inclusion Workshop (For Faculty & Staff)
“Moving Beyond Bias” is an interactive session on exploring how bias operates in our staff, students, and selves. SPP faculty and staff will learn about unconscious bias, where it comes from and how we can address. This workshop is designed to align with our larger commitment of "one school" as we work to build an inclusive culture across the School of Public Policy. One of the key ways we will do this is to help team members develop strategies to practicing more conscious decision-making at work.
Date/time: November 29, 2018 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: 2517 Van Munching Hall


University of Maryland Events

Social Justice Day

The University of Maryland will host its 2nd Annual Social Justice Day on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Memorial Chapel. Drawing from the success of the inaugural event, Social Justice Day 2018 will be a daylong exchange inviting faculty, staff, students, and our community to learn about the work of others involved in important causes and to share ideas.

Date/time: April 23, 2018 8:30am-5pm
Location: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Colony Ballroom

Thrive Thursday: I Get Diversity, But What's Inclusion?

Join us at the Thriving Workplace Initiative's monthly learning session. Learn why inclusion goes beyond paying attention to protected categories and instead means embracing everyone's diverse strengths and contributions to the whole.
Date/time: May 24, 2018 9am-10:30am
Location: UMD Center for Leadership & Organizational Change, 4716 Pontiac St., Room 0110

Be Yourself, Make a Difference: Neurodiversity

ADHD, learning differences, autism, mental health challenges? Join leaders from Accenture Federal services in an interactive workshop, titled Be Yourself, Make a Difference: Neurodiversity, to help you define and embrace your authentic self to make a difference in the workplace and your life.
Date/time: October 11, 2018 5-7pm
Location: Hornbake Library South 3rd floor

Adaptive Climbing Clinic

Come on out to the RecWell Climbing Wall for an Adaptive Climbing Clinic and experience the exciting sport of rock climbing. Adventure Program staff will help you reach new heights and teach you about the systems and equipment that can help people of all abilities experience the joy of climbing.

Date/time: October 12, 2018 2-4pm
Location: RecWell Climbing Wall

The Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education:Race, Racial Justice, Civil Discourse and Free Speech

Join Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Voices of Social Change for a panel discussion for the entire University of Maryland community. Michele Norris, Jelani Cobb, Carolyn Lukensmeyer and Suzanne Nossel, the featured panelists.
Date/time: October 17, 2018 6pm
Location: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Grand Ballroom

Accessibility of Online Content: Understanding Barriers to Success

Join us for Accessibility of Online Content: Understanding Barriers to Success. Experience how websites and other online content look and feel to users with a variety of disabilities.
Date/time: October 23, 2018 12-1pm
Location: Edward St. John Building, Room 1103

Stop Trans Erasure! Supporting Trans People, Communities, & Rights at UMD

UMD folks are getting together to provide emotional support and share resources, as well as to discuss ways we can know, protect and advance our rights on campus, in Maryland, and beyond. Students, staff and faculty of all identities are welcome.
Date/time: October 24, 2018 6-7pm
Location: LGBT Equity Center, 2218 Marie Mount Hall

"What's Your Story?" Be Apart of UMD's LGBTQ History!

Come join Pride Alliance and UMD Archives in Creating LGBTQ+ History! In recognition of LGBTQ+ History Month, we are holding space for students, faculty and staff to share their experiences coming to terms with their identity. Stories will be filmed as a part of a video testimony to UMD's diverse LGBTQIA+ community.
Date/time: October 24-25, 2018 10am-5pm
Location: Hornbake Library, Room 0302HH
Sign up to tell your story at go.umd.edu/UYp

Purple Light Night in Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple Light Night is an event to honor victims and survivors of relationship violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join CARE to Stop Violence Outreach Peers to earn about relationship violence and its impact on students, what you can do to help someone who has been impacted and what resources exsist on- and off-campus. 
Purple Light Night 2018 will consist of three simultaneous events at different locations - please join us at whichever location is most convenient to you. While activities, refreshments and information about resources will be at all locations, a rededication ceremony for UMD's Survivor Garden will take place at the STAMP location, and performances/art displays will take place at the UMD Chapel.
This year, UMD students, faculty and staff are invited to contribute to Purple Light Night through speaking, performing or displaying art centered around the themes of domestic/relationship violence, healing, building community and supporting survivors and/or beliving survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Fill out this google form if you are interested in performing, speaking or displaying your art: go.umd.edu/PLN2018
Date/time: October 24, 2018 5-7pm
Location: UMD Chapel, McKeldin Mall Steps and outside the Adele H. Stamp Student Union

RadAccess Disability Justice Workshop

An interactive workshop which offers the basics of ableism and what radical access and disability justice means. This workshop is meant for people in solidarity with disability justice movements. A workshop on what ableism is, what disability justice is, and what access for people with disabilities would mean.
Date/time: October 25, 2018 3-5pm
Location: Mckeldin Library Special Events Room 6137

Trans Healthcare Panel

Join student discussion group, Trans U, for a special gathering. Invited panelists will share crucial information about resources available for those who fall within the trans umbrella, how to access these resources and how to build healthy, thriving communities.
Date/time: October 24-25, 2018 10am-5pm
Location: Hornbake Library, Room 0302HH
Sign up to tell your story at go.umd.edu/UYp

2018 USM Promise AGEP Fall Harvest Dinner and Networking Reception

Date/time: November 5, 2018 5-8pm
Location: Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

Meet & Greet with Champions of Disability Inclusion

Employers attending the EmployABILITY Bootcamp requested time to meet with our talented Terps. Limited registration for social hour and networking event with employers interested in recruiting and hiring neurodiverse students, students with disabilities.

Date/time: November 1, 2018 3-4pm
Location: The Atrium at the Stamp Union
Contact PCDI at pcdi@umd.edu or (301) 405-3364 if you have any questions or need to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the events, such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille, handouts in large print, wheelchair access, electronic text, etc. Learn more about the President’s Commission on Disability Issues at go.umd.edu/PCDI.

Speaking Truth and Acting With Integrity: Navigating a Campus Racial Crisis

As campuses across the country experience a resurgence of racist and hateful incidents, a forthcoming report from the American Council on Education (ACE) explores how the University of Missouri responded to the 2015 crisis on its campus and offers recommendations for other university leaders who strive to create and maintain a positive racial climate before, during, and after a crisis. The report is a collaboration between the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS). Click here​ to see the full report.

For online viewers, the live stream will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Date/Time: Thursday, November 29 9-11:15 a.m.
Location: National Center for Higher Education​, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Circle: Campus Conversations on Hate-Bias

This informal monthly gathering provides a space for students, faculty and staff to share their concerns and experiences of hate-bias, in a supportive environment. it focuses on the 3 S's: Support, Solutions and Self-Care.

Date/time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Marie Mount Hall, Room 2411

Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data

Dr. Julie Park and Dr. Janelle Wong will be part of a panel discussing the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard case, affirmative action and Asian Americans. For additional details, contact Julie Park at juliepar@umd.edu.
Date/time: November 28, 2018 12-1:30pm
Location: TBD