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UMD Reflects

Following the tragic murder of Second Lt. Richard Collins III on our campus last May, the University of Maryland is planning a year of campus-wide actions, dialogues and healing that will involve our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We aim to come together as a campus community to reaffirm our core values of diversity, inclusion, respect and civil discourse. This website brings together news and resources on our efforts.


LATEST UPDATE / November 16, 2017

2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias

The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland announces the “2017-18 Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias.” Featuring Theo Wilson, Bobby Seale and Mara Liasson, this year’s speakers consider what it means to engage in courageous conversations that speak to the difficult issues of hate and bias across personal, political and historical frames. Each lecture is an opportunity for the campus and the UMD community to join together for provocative conversations about resisting these issues.

The Personal: Theo Wilson
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Award-winning slam poet and social justice advocate who skyrocketed to social media fame after posting beliefs about hate and bias will discuss his experience as a black man who went undercover in alt-right social media communities.

The Historical: Bobby Seale
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Famed author and founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party will present “Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump,” which will be followed by a book signing and reception.

In collaboration with the Departments of History and African American Studies and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded African American History, Culture And Digital Humanities Initiative.

The Political: Mara Liasson
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Award-winning journalist and NPR political correspondent with over 30 years of experience reporting on the White House and Congress will present “The Political Landscape: Dealing with Hate and Bias in Washington.”

In collaboration with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

For free tickets or more information call 301.405.ARTS.

The Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates. 


November 15, 2017

SEE Presents: Hear the Turtle featuring Yvonne Orji

Nigerian-American actress, comedienne and writer Yvonne Orji, known for her role in HBO’s “Insecure,” will feature as the keynote speaker of SEE’s Hear the Turtle.

Hear the Turtle aims to shed light on combating hate and start a conversation about promoting diversity on campus. The event will feature a moderated conversation with Yvonne Orji, followed by a roundtable conversation featuring student speakers and an audience Q&A.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. The event is open to the UMD community and the public with free tickets available at the Stamp Ticket Office starting November 9 at 12 p.m. Limited amount of tickets available to general public. UMD community must present valid UMD ID at the door. Must have ticket to enter.

This event is sponsored by the Black Alliance Network (BAN).

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Hoff Theater

 


November 14, 2017

Special Collections and University Archives Fall Open House: Social Justice

The UMD Libraries Special Collections and University Archives would like to invite you to join us for a Fall Open House.

We hope to engage with the UMD community in conversations surrounding social justice issues. Our curators will display items from our collections that help us understand historical movements around social justice issues related to the environment, civil rights, health care, women’s rights, LGBTQ+, and students' rights.

Join us for food and conversation Thursday, November 16th from 3-5 p.m. on the 4th floor of Hornbake Library North.

 


November 13, 2017

A Conversation with the Chief Diversity Officer

Come and join in a conversation with a senior administrator at the forefront of diversity and inclusion efforts on the University of Maryland campus. Roger Worthington assumed the Chief Diversity Officer role this past summer and, among other efforts, has reached out to numerous communities, seeking perspectives and sharing thoughts on the current state of diversity and inclusion on the campus.

Dr. Worthington will share some impressions from his conversations to date. Members of the Community of Practice and Student Affairs staff will have the opportunity to share thinking with him and confer with each other on the state of the campus, our assets and challenges going forward.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Charles Carroll Room

This event is sponsored by the Student Affairs Diversity Initiative.

 


November 7, 2017

UMD Community Members Reflect

As the University of Maryland continues its work to combat hate and create a safer campus, members of the UMD community reflected on these fraught times in our country and community.

People from across the spectrum of our community—faculty, staff, students and alumni—provided their thoughts on hate in America and on college campuses, and how institutions and individuals can find a path forward.

Read the transcripts of the interviews here.

This video highlights thoughts from three participants, including Tamara Adams, UMD student and president of the Black Student Union; Jennifer Roberts, assistant professor of kinesiology in the School of Public Health; and Tarif Shraim, UMD’s Muslim chaplain.

 


November 1, 2017

Free Speech/Hate Speech Open Discussion

The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force has developed several working groups to tackle major elements of its charge. The Free Speech/Hate Speech working group is hosting an open discussion on the difficult intersections between free speech and hate speech on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 5 - 6:30pm in 6137 McKeldin Library. Members of the working group will briefly describe the legal framework and then hold a collaborative discussion on how best to address free speech and hate speech at the university.


October 31, 2017

Yes, We Still Can: Diversity & Inclusion Conference

This year's "Yes, We Still Can" Conference on Diversity & Inclusion in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is designed to promote immediate collaboration and activity in response to recent social and political events directly impacting diversity and inclusion policies, practices, and services for professionals, institutions, and the public.

With the theme of Yes, We Still Can, CIDLIS 2017 will feature a discussion-based format, using panels, talks, small group discussions, and a town hall discussion to explore the ways in which we can advocate, engage, educate, organize, improve lives, and change communities. CIDLIS 2017 is intended to help generate an action plan for what we all can do now.

 

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

McKeldin Library, Special Events Room, 6th Floor

Register and learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cidlis-2017-yes-we-still-can-registration-37003736171


October 30, 2017

commUMDiversity Expo 2017

CommUMDiversity Expo is a new annual event of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union that seeks to introduce and showcase diversity related efforts and programs of UMD offices to students and others in our community. In addition to table displays, there will be film screenings and the presentation of a webinar.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1st Floor, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

 


October 25, 2017

UMD School of Music Launches Competition to Write Your Own Lyrics to State Song

The University of Maryland School of Music in the College of Arts and Humanities is launching a university-wide competition that invites UMD students to write lyrics to the tune of the state song “Maryland, My Maryland.” The competition asks students to craft lyrics that express the pride they feel for the State of Maryland. 
 
“We are excited to engage students on a topic that elicits such strong feelings,” said Jason Geary, director of the University of Maryland School of Music. “This competition allows us to harness the creativity and talent of our students while compelling them to reflect on the vital relationship between the university and the state as a whole.”
 
As part of UMD’s ongoing efforts to reaffirm its values as a campus community, the university is assessing the songs that are performed at Intercollegiate Athletic events and has suspended the performance of "Maryland, My Maryland.” This competition will allow students to contribute lyrics that demonstrate their pride in the State of Maryland and are consistent with the values of our institution. 
 
All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at UMD are eligible to submit song lyrics, and co-authored lyrics will be accepted. The lyrics must be based on  the song’s existing melody, which is taken from the folk song widely known as “O Tannenbaum” or, in English, “O Christmas Tree.” The state song currently has nine verses, and the winning submission must have lyrics consisting of at least one verse.
 
Submissions will be reviewed by a committee made up of students, faculty and staff. The School of Music has received funds from the university to provide an award of $1,500 for first-prize, $750 for second and $500 for third. Winners will be announced in early December. 
 
Submissions are due by Monday, November 20, 2017. To submit an entry, please visit apply.arhu.umd.edu/lyricscompetition and you must login using a UMD Directory ID and password to access the submission form. 
 
Instructions link: go.umd.edu/lyricscompetition

October 6, 2017

Empowering Voices in Engineering

On September 15, 2017, two graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) organized and hosted Empowering Voices in Engineering (EVE), the first of what they say will be many workshops focused on diversity and inclusion within the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
 
Thanks to hours of commitment by MSE Ph.D students Zoey Warecki and Naila Al Hasan, EVE was designed to equip engineers with the knowledge and tools needed for meaningful conversations about race. In a confidential and open discussion, participants were able to talk and ask questions about tough racial issues faced by students and engineers.
 
In his opening remarks, Clark School Dean Darryll Pines explained, “This conversation today is about being open and honest with each other. This isn’t just one conversation—this is the start to a series of conversations to make us a better and more diverse community.”
 
Dean Pines stressed the important role that universities play in teaching diversity. “What I love about the university is that it brings people from around the world to sit together and solve problems together. I get to see how they bring their culture to solve a problem, and then a different culture to a different problem. The more diverse a team is, the more successful that team becomes.”
 
Divided into three workshop sessions, EVE focused on understanding racism and privilege, combatting racial trauma, and identifying racism in day-to-day encounters in order to speak up against it.
 
Read more about the workshop here.

October 3, 2017

UMD Launches Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The University of Maryland announced the launch of the new Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education. 
 
“Issues of diversity and inclusion are rippling through colleges and universities across the country, including our own,” said UMD Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin. “The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education will not only provide cutting-edge, innovative research on these key issues, but will serve as a resource to our higher education colleagues at UMD and well beyond.” 
 
The Center will bring together key faculty from UMD and other major universities, and major national higher education associations, to form a high level think-tank and research center for diversity and inclusion issues across the country and abroad in higher education. 
 
Housed in the Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education Department of the College of Education, the Center will be led by Executive Director Roger L. Worthington, interim associate provost and chief diversity officer, and professor; and Director Candace M. Moore, assistant clinical professor. 
 
“We will engage with a broad range of thought leaders with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education representing diverse communities, governmental agencies, higher education institutions, and international partners to set an ambitious agenda for the development and distribution of research, scholarship, and best practices,” said Worthington. “We will work with colleges and universities to think through critical issues and develop customized plans to help move them forward.”
 
The Center aims to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research among faculty, staff and students at the local, national, and international level; and promote, support, and showcase diversity and inclusion scholarship. Researchers will engage in critical reflection on the significance and transformative impacts of diversity and inclusion practices in higher education, and communicate the results of such research and reflection to national and international audiences. 
 
“By drawing on the expertise of faculty in the College of Education and across the university, the Center will provide consultation and guidance to other higher education institutions regarding diversity and inclusion,” said College of Education Dean Jennifer K. Rice. “The Center will establish a national research agenda around diversity issues in higher education and through consultation and conferences, ensure that our research informs and is informed by policy and current issues related to inclusion on campuses.” 
 
The Center plans to recruit postdoctoral fellows and doctoral-level graduate assistants nationally to collaborate on all Center activities; and develop and facilitate an online curriculum related to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The Center will also convene a biennial national summit of thought leaders, as well as a biennial national conference, to identify and summarize the highest priority issues, findings, and recommendations nationally regarding diversity and inclusion in higher education.

September 29, 2017

First Year Book Lecture by U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin


The Office of Undergraduate Studies in conjunction with the William L. Thomas ODK Lecture Series and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion present Good Trouble, a lecture by U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the University of Maryland's 2017-18 First Year Book March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
 
Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Memorial Chapel
 
Attendees may begin lining up at 5 PM
 
Doors open at 6 PM / Program begins at 7 PM
 
Admission is free but a ticket is required for entry. Tickets will be available for pick up at the Stamp Student Union Ticket Office on the ground floor next to the Hoff Theater beginning on Monday, October 9 from 12 PM to 10 PM. One ticket will be issued per UMD ID. Be one of the first students to arrive at the event on Thursday and be eligible to join a post-discussion book signing with the authors.

 


September 22, 2017

Healing After Hate

 
Excerpt from Terp Magazine: 
 
While the arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, that has never meant it doesn’t need help, or that there aren’t forces trying to push it the other way.
 
Be they the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Declaration of Independence or our pledges of egalitarian education here at the University of Maryland, we work each day to strive toward goals that are difficult to meet—but all the more worthy for being so.
 
We seem to have entered a new era of divisiveness. From children spewing racial slurs in school hallways to protesters fighting in the streets, from workers donning bulletproof vests while dismantling Confederate monuments to congressmen being shot at baseball practice, hatred’s tide has seemingly risen again.
 
UMD itself was taken by the current in the early hours of May 20, when 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State senior, was fatally stabbed, allegedly by a then-UMD student 
who had once joined a racist group on Facebook.
 
“Great streams are not easily turned from channels, worn deep in the course of ages,” said the abolitionist and Maryland native Frederick Douglass, whose statue watches over Hornbake Plaza. “They may sometimes rise in quiet and stately majesty, and inundate the land, refreshing and fertilizing the earth with their mysterious properties. They may also rise in wrath and fury, and bear away, on their angry waves, the accumulated wealth of years of toil and hardship.”
 
The events of recent months have prompted concerned conversations in office corridors; debates online and in newspaper columns; pensive commutes to and from work.
 
Terp Magazine reached out to people from across the spectrum of our community—faculty, staff, students and alumni—and asked for their thoughts on hate in America and on college campuses, and how institutions and individuals can find a path forward. 
 
Read the full story and interview transcripts in Terp Magazine.

 


September 21, 2017

Unity Mural with Bowie State Illustrates Peace, Justice & Unity

In a collaborative effort to visually illustrate peace, justice and unity, students and faculty from the University of Maryland and Bowie State University contributed their artistic talents to design and paint a unity mural during UMD's NextNOW Fest on September 15 and 16. 
 
The Unity Mural consists of four brightly colored canvas panels, featuring symbols such as the sun and sky, hands, vines and doves interspersed with powerful words and text. Two panels will be installed at each university to help foster community building and healing through art and creative expression.

 

 


September 20, 2017

UMD Selects “March: Book Three” by John Lewis for First Year Book

The University of Maryland has selected the award-winning March: Book Three by U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell as the 2017-18 First Year Book. Each year, the university selects one book to create a shared reading and intellectual experience for first-year students, faculty and staff. 
 
UMD selects a featured book that provides an opportunity for the university community to look at a topic, issue or experience from different perspectives, from the sciences to the humanities and across diverse historical backgrounds, cultures and ideologies. The First Year Book is integrated into curriculum across disciplines, and will be used as the centerpiece of events and discussions throughout the academic year. 
 
“At a time when our entire campus community is working to affirm our core values of unity and respect, March: Book Three shows us all how looking to the past for guidance can help make changes for good today and in the future,” said Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “I look forward to the thought-provoking discussions that March will prompt in our community.”
 
A No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and Coretta Scott King Book Award, among many others accolades, March: Book Three is the third installment of Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy recounting his life in the Civil Rights Movement. The series is co-written with Aydin and illustrated by Powell.
 
“March: Book Three gives readers a first person account of many of the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement in a graphic text. March provides a different perspective on our nation’s history than is often found in textbooks, which is one of our goals of the First Year Book program,” said William A. Cohen, associate provost and dean for undergraduate studies. “March emphasizes ideas from the past that we still know to be true today: that change of any kind takes ongoing work, and there is always more work to be done.”
 
Congressman Lewis and Aydin will visit the University of Maryland to discuss the book on October 12.
 

Past First Year Books include Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney and Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. For more information about the First Year Book, visit fyb.umd.edu.

 


September 19, 2017

Staff/Faculty Workshop: Navigating White Privilege

This workshop is for staff, faculty or graduate assistants who want to learn how best to navigate their own racial privilege and better support communities of color on UMD's campus. This will be a facilitated discussion on what road blocks one might encounter as an ally and how to cope better in order to move forward and successfully advocate for vulnerable communities.
 
Thursday, October 5th, 4pm - 5:30pm
 
Location: 1310 Marie Mount Hall
 
RSVP: go.umd.edu/whiteprivilegeworkshop

 


September 18, 2017

Open Forums: Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force

The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force is charged with considering how best to nurture a climate that is more respectful and inclusive of all members of our campus community, stands against hate, and reaffirms the values that define us as a University. 
 
The collective input of members of the campus community is a key element of the task force's review process that will help frame their work and the efficacy of their recommendations. As a first step in gathering input, suggestions, and concerns related to the task force's charge, they are hosting two campus-wide open forums.
 
All students, faculty and staff are welcome.


September 14, 2017

UMD Appoints Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force Members

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and the University Senate Chair Daniel Falvey have appointed 18 members of the university community to the newly formed Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force. The task force is comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and alumni; and will be co-chaired by Warren Kelley, assistant vice president, Division of Student Affairs; Lucy Dalglish, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and Ja'Nya Banks, Student Government Association diversity and inclusion director.

As part of the university's action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus, President Loh and the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) have charged the task force to consider how to best nurture a climate that is respectful and inclusive of all members of our campus community, stands against hate and reaffirms the values that define us as a university.

“The work of this task force could not be more important. We need to be certain we are doing everything we can to build inclusion and mutual respect on our campus,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “The key word in the task force name is ‘joint.’ This is something we must do together as a community.”

“We have brought together a group of talented students, faculty, staff and alumni who are passionate and committed to advancing UMD’s efforts on diversity, inclusion and respect,” said Daniel Falvey, chair, University Senate. “Our partnership with the President’s Office on this initiative provides an opportunity for the various constituencies on our campus to be engaged in the process and ensures that the task force will have the support and authority to recommend measures that will chart a path towards a campus culture intolerant of hate.”

The task force will collect input from and engage the entire campus community on the current campus climate; difficult issues at the intersections of free speech, hate speech, and freedom of association; and experiences of members of the campus community.

The task force has been charged with reviewing and assessing current UMD policies and procedures; responses to past reports of hate and bias incidents; current resources, programs and outreach efforts; cultural competency initiatives and trainings; relevant research; best practices at peer institutions; and higher education professional association guidance.

President Loh and the SEC have also asked the task force to consider how to evaluate the needs of underrepresented groups and assess the efficacy of efforts to address those needs; how best to differentiate between free speech and hate speech in university policies and procedures; and how appropriate communication and public awareness efforts should be used to promote a more inclusive campus climate.

In addition, the task force will develop strategies for fostering a campus environment that is intolerant of hate, bias, and racism; and a statement on the university’s core values and consider how those values are instilled in students, faculty and staff.

The task force’s full charge can be viewed here.

Members of the task force include:

  • Warren Kelley (co-chair), Assistant Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
  • Lucy Dalglish (co-chair), Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • Ja'Nya Banks (co-chair), Undergraduate Student, College of Education, SGA Diversity & Inclusion Director
  • Ishaan Parikh, Undergraduate Student, College of Computer, Mathematics & Natural Sciences
  • Lillia Damalouji, Undergraduate Student, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University Senator & Senate Executive Committee Member
  • Ana Sanchez-Rivera, Graduate Student, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Melanie Pflucker, Graduate Student, College of Education, Graduate Student Government Diversity Officer 
  • Oscar Barbarin, Professor and Chair, African American Studies, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University Senator & Senate Executive Committee Member
  • Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Vincent Novara, Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Past University Senate Chair, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Sexual Harassment Task Force Member
  • Zein El-Amin, Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Arts & Humanities 
  • Roz Moore, Assistant Director, Development & External Relations, Division of Student Affairs, University Senator
  • Luke Jensen, Director, LGBT Equity Center
  • Timea Webster, Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Senator & Senate Executive Committee Member
  • Rosanne Hoaas, Public Information Officer, University of Maryland Police Department
  • Nicole Pollard, Alumnus, Trustee, University of Maryland College Park Foundation
  • Roger Worthington, Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost
  • Diane Krejsa, Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
     
The task force will submit its report and recommendations to the Senate and the President no later than March 30, 2018.

https://umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/umd-appoints-joint-presidentsenate-incl...

 


September 7, 2017

Message from the Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear University of Maryland community:

I am writing to you as the new Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), a role that I accepted on July 6, 2017. It is hard to imagine that two full months have passed. Today, I want to offer you my vision and the start of our action plan for the campus moving forward.

Just six weeks before I became CDO, 2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins III was murdered on our campus. We suffered grief, fear, and anger—and greater determination to see change. His death shook me; it was a turning point for me. A couple of weeks later, when President Loh and Provost Rankin asked me to step into this role, I sat quietly in contemplation near the bus stop where he was murdered, and I knew that my answer had to be "yes." Each time I have passed that space on our campus I think about his family—their loss, their pain, their grief. Although I have experienced my own personal loss, pain, and grief, I cannot know, I can only imagine, what the past three months have been like for them. I have a tremendous amount of sensitivity to keep his family and their wishes at the forefront of everything we do in his name, especially as we think about and plan memorial events and spaces on our campus. In everything we do, we must place their wishes first.

Then, only three weeks ago, the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville community, and the entire nation were confronted by another murder in the midst of a White supremacist rally. Although such blatant White supremacist rallies have not taken place on our campus, other racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, misogynistic hate incidents have occurred here in the recent past. Sadly, according to national experts, more cowardly forms of hate and bias incidents will likely happen on campuses all across the country—including our own.

We must now work together as a community—students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members—to increase respect, inclusiveness, and cohesiveness on our campus. Together we must work to fight against hate and bigotry on our campus and more broadly in society. Our success will depend on how well we work together as partners in this work.

I am committed to working with you as we develop a course of action to strategically and methodically assess and improve the way we demonstrate inclusion and equity at UMD. Strong leadership paired with grassroots initiatives and broad participation will make our campus as safe and welcoming as possible. Together we can focus on the ways we can improve the climate, the ways we relate to each other on our campus, the ways we understand and appreciate differences on our campus. 
 
We have an experienced group of staff, faculty, and students dedicated to the goals of diversity and inclusion. The university's leadership fully supports our ongoing work. We will receive the necessary resources to carry out new initiatives and chart our course of action, beginning with the following early, important steps: 
 
Joint Task Force on Inclusion and Respect
This Task Force has been charged, the leadership has been announced, and the first two meetings have occurred. The membership is an inclusive group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni representing a broadly diverse set of constituents and social identities. I will serve as a member of the task force, working closely with the tri-chairs to advance the work, as well as serving on one of the subcommittees charged with getting the work done. Two of the key principles under which the task force will function are transparency and action.
 
Rapid-response campus team to assist victims of hate and bias on campus
Over the course of the summer, we convened a working group on Hate/Bias Rapid Response. That group has completed their initial work on reviewing the existing campus procedures and protocols about how hate and bias incidents are reported, who is notified, and how information becomes public. Next steps in this work will include the development of a rapid response team to assist victims of hate and bias on campus. We will have an action plan in place very soon for implementing this protocol.
 
New UMD Student Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I have met with student leaders during the summer to begin planning for the formation of a new UMD Student Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help focus and improve collaboration between students and the administration at UMD. I plan to work through the fall to establish this group and begin periodic meetings thereafter. Agendas for our meetings and planned activities and initiatives for the Council will be student-driven.
 
President's Commissions on Disability, Ethnic Minority, LGBT, and Women's Issues
I have held individual meetings with the chairs of the four different President's Commissions throughout the summer to talk about ways they can be convened to work on common, unified initiatives intended to build capacity and cohesion on campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts. I plan to meet in a joint session with the chairs of the commissions to begin building a common agenda for coordinated efforts.
 
Dialogue and discourse on diversity and inclusion
ODI will partner with other campus units to enhance existing and develop new programs focused on dialogue and discourse on diversity and inclusion. ODI will continue to provide leadership for the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogues program on campus. Responsibility for the Maryland Dialogues program will be transferred from the provost to the CDO, and we will utilize outside experts to provide workshops for facilitators of this program. We will work closely with the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center to enhance professional development for faculty engaging in difficult dialogues in the classroom across a wide range of topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Finally, as CDO I will begin holding periodic dialogue sessions with faculty, staff, and students on campus.
 
New Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
I am working with colleagues in the College of Education (and other campus units) to launch the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE). The CDIHE will aspire to raise the stature and reputation of UMD as a national leader in higher education diversity and inclusion by serving as a magnet for top talent in the field and providing research to guide progress at UMD and nationwide.
 
Campus-wide external benchmarking and review of diversity and inclusion programs, activities, and resources
Programs, activities, and resources based in colleges, student affairs, academic affairs, administrative units, and ODI will be reviewed in order to assess and make recommendations about campus-wide organization, structure and resourcing of diversity and inclusion efforts that will align with President Loh's plan to elevate the CDO position to Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. As CDO, I will work with colleagues on campus to prepare a self-study to be used by the external review team during their site visit. This exercise will also allow for benchmarking and adoption of best practices in the field.
 
Climate surveys
We will conduct campus climate research to help us better understand the lived experiences of students, faculty, staff, and administrators on our campus with respect to diversity, inclusion, equity, hate, bias, well-being, and belongingness. We plan to engage an external consultant soon to conduct the survey on the UMD campus. We will use the findings from this research to inform changes to our diversity strategic plan, and to create specific action steps that will help improve the campus climate for diversity.
 
Diversity strategic plan
We need to revisit the diversity strategic plan, especially given the changed circumstances on and off campus. Our work on revision to the strategic plan will be informed by the Joint Task Force, the campus-wide external review, and campus climate research, along with the voices of faculty, students and staff serving on the President's Commissions and the Student Leadership Council.
 
Black History and the University of Maryland: A Campus Landmark Walking Tour
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, under the guidance of Dr. Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, is in the process of developing a campus walking tour that focuses in on the historic and contemporary presence and contributions of African Americans to the physical and social infrastructure of the university. The walking tour is grounded in the complex histories of the institution and the State of Maryland - conveying the complexity of racial politics and slavery as it has impacted the state's flagship institution.
 
Shaping our future
I hold UMD to a higher standard precisely because of the arc of our history. Until the 1950s, UMD was a segregated campus, as were all Southern public universities. UMD became the first to integrate. The legal battles that led to this ultimately formed the basis for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the principle of "separate but equal" in education. Memories of that struggle remain vivid for those who experienced it and for their descendants. This living history should inform our path forward.
 
Diversity and inclusion is not someone else's concern. Each of us has a stake, some distinct social identity, whether religious, sexual orientation, social class, race or ethnic background.
 
Our pace will be swift, the path long. Meaningful cultural changes take time. Yet, we must understand expectations, especially by students, who want to see changes while they are here at Maryland. I know by experience that sometimes slow change feels like no change at all. In truth, these changes have already begun. Our task now is to accelerate them.
 
I am optimistic, both personally and professionally, that we will chart a path forward and create a campus community deeply rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
 
This is community-wide work. I invite your participation, support, and assistance. Let's do it together as members of the same team.
 
Sincerely,
 
Roger L. Worthington
Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
Professor, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education

 


September 1, 2017

Fall Community Listening Sessions

Dear Terps,
 
We are excited for the start of the new academic year, and all of the opportunities it will bring us. We are also reminded by Lieutenant Collins' murder in the spring and recent events this summer that opportunities are not without challenge. We are thinking about you all during these difficult times.
 
The Counseling Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting several listening sessions to hold space for our community, to hear your voices, and to better understand how we can take care of ourselves and each other. Please know that all are welcome and we look forward to being in community with you.
 
Details about the gathering time and locations here
 
September 6th
4-5:30pm  Marie Mount Hall 1310 B
 
September 20th
12-1:30pm Maryland Room (Basement of Marie Mount Hall)
4-5:30pm Maryland Room (Basement of Marie Mount Hall)
 
October 3rd
12-1:30pm 2411 Marie Mount Hall 

August 29, 2017

Reflection, Dialogue, and Action

Dear University of Maryland community,

Tomorrow, August 30, from 12:05 to 12:06 pm, UMD together with Bowie State University, and joined by some other University System of Maryland institutions and the System office, will pause in silence to honor the life of Lt. Richard Collins III who was senselessly killed on our campus last spring.
Our community is in shock and grief at this tragic loss of life. A single Chapel bell will sound the call to silence. Therefore, wherever you are -- in a classroom, lab, office, residence hall, dining hall, practice field, or walking outside -- I ask that you join in this moment of solidarity and respect. At the end of the minute, again a single bell will ring.
 
Chaplains of different faiths will be at the labyrinth, next to the Chapel, for those who wish to be there for this moment.
 
For UMD, this moment signals a campus-wide, on-going process of reflection, dialogue, and action to reaffirm our University's core values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and civil discourse. The resurgence of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and their sulfurous rallies, are an assault on our nation's most cherished ideals. We must redouble our efforts to respond, recover, and heal.
Across our large and decentralized University, there are actions already underway, with more planned as described below. Yet no administrative office, or new initiative, will improve our campus climate without every member of our community playing a part. We all need to ask what we can do each day t o stand for our values.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and new Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Professor Roger Worthington, a  noted scholar and seasoned practitioner of diversity and inclusion, will orchestrate many of these efforts. He and others have taken, or are  working on, these  actions:

  • Establish a rapid-response campus team to assist victims of hate and bias on campus.
  • Conduct periodic campus climate surveys .
  • Collaborate with the Anti-Defamation League for campus pr programs this year.
  • Launch the UMD Center on Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, a think tank that will convene thought leaders and researchers to develop professional standards and best practices in this area.
  • Review programs, activities, and resources on diversity and inclusion that are distributed throughout the campus - - in colleges, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, administrative units, and  ODI  -- in order to ascertain what is working well, what can be improved,  and how different units can collaborate better. 
  • Later this year, I will begin the approval process for elevating the CDO  position to Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. This is a sign that the work of diversity and inclusion must be at the center, not at the periphery, of the University – that advancing these values is essential to the excellence of our institutional missions.

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

On a regular basis, this office will collect and publish information on all hate-bias incidents on campus. Together with the campus climate surveys, this will help us identify the scope of the problems and assess the effectiveness of our preventative actions.


President 's and University Senate 's Joint  Task Force on Inclusion and Respect

Co-chaired by Lucy Dalglish (Dean, Merrill College of Journalism), Warren Kelley (Assistant VP for Student Affairs) , and  Ja'Nya Banks (Student Government Association diversity  chair ), this group of 18 faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and alumni is charged with conducting a review of all relevant institutional policies, procedures, and practices with the goal of shaping a culture that is more inclusive and respectful of all persons.

The Joint Task Force will review relevant policies, including the Code of Student Conduct, to recommend whether stronger sanctions are appropriate when wrongful conduct is motivated by hate or bias. It will also review courses and training on cultural competency, and consider what improvements are needed. 

One of the most vexing issues for the Joint Task Force to consider is whether and how to draw the line between free speech and hate speech on campus.  The First Amendment protects speech we abhor in order to safeguard speech we cherish. Unfettered expression is essential to academic freedom and a democratic society. 

Yet "fighting words" are not constitutionally protected. Can we better identify for our community the threshold where despicable views go too far? When do words create a hostile environment? When does the injury they inflict become intolerable? What are ways of supporting members of our community whose identity and dignity are demeaned,  and their role in society marginalized by hateful speech?

Most peer institutions are wrestling with the same issues. Their experiences and best practices can inform our campus' discussions and actions. External expert consultants can be called upon to assist, as needed.

The Joint Task Force should hold public forums to seek input from the campus community and encourage public discussions. As its work progresses, it should provide updates to the Senate in open meetings.  The Task Force will submit its final report by March 30, 2018.  


Athletics Department

To combat hate and create a safer campus, the Athletics Council (comprised of faculty, staff, and students) reviewed the fan conduct code and the prohibited items policy at UMD athletic venues. It recommended expanding the prohibited list of symbols that incite or intimidate others to include swastikas and nooses, with sanctions for violating the policy.

I have asked the University Senate that an appropriate committee consider extending a similar ban on the iconography of terror and hate to all other venues on campus.


University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)

This year, UMPD completed mandatory training in implicit racial bias for the entire force of 100+ sworn officers.

UMPD has installed additional surveillance cameras in and around campus buildings where racist flyers were posted last year by unknown persons. They escaped detection on the video footage. We denounced these flyers, as did many others on campus.

Last spring, the discovery of a noose in a fraternity house provoked campus-wide outrage. There was widespread condemnation of this act of hate. UMD offered a reward for information that would identify the perpetrator(s) and provided support for the targeted victim. UMPD  detectives have spent over 5 00 hours investigating this act of intimidation to identify the perpetrator(s).

Last week, UMPD announced that it has referred  "a person of interest" to campus officials for disciplinary review.

UMPD is working with the Maryland State Police, the Prince George' s County Police, and the police departments of other USM schools to coordinate plans to ensure public safety should there be outsider protests on or near the campus.


Office of the Provost 

"Maryland Dialogues."
Meaningful conversations can change institutional culture. The Provost, the CDO and the VP for Student Affairs will continue the Dialogues they launched last year.  Prominent speakers came to campus for discussions on race, identity, and social justice. There were some 200 organized conversations throughout the campus.  Faculty and staff led large numbers of our students to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture so they could learn from the exhibits.

This summer, Undergraduate Studies hosted faculty and staff discussions, "Solutions in Action: Countering Divisiveness." About one hundred people attended each session. Congressman Anthony Brown will lead "A Conversation on Race, Politics, and Reconciliation" on Thursday, August 31, 4 PM, at the Riggs Alumni Center.  Congressman John Lewis will come in October. H is acclaimed March: Book 3 on the civil rights  movement is the required first-year book. Other events will be announced later.

Inclusive excellence of students.
This year, we again have record diversity in the freshman class, including among historically underrepresented students. Graduation rates for all our students are in the upper tier of public flagship institutions. UMD is also one of a handful of institutions that produce the most African-American Ph.D.s in the nation. 

Inclusive excellence of faculty.
The percentage of underrepresented faculty in the assistant professor ranks -- the level at which most are hired — ha s  doubled in recent years. 

The Provost and Deans of the various colleges have funded two new programs that started this fall. These programs advance diversity and inclusion in faculty research, teaching, and service. One is the President's Post-doctoral Fellowship. There are 6 Fellows (out of 72 applicants) from different academic disciplines and from across the country. The second program recruits distinguished senior professors, with the first two here in CMNS and ARHU.

These programs follow the implementation of two campus initiatives last year : (a) The establishment of the Judge Alex Williams Center for Education, Justice, and Ethics, led by this respected former Federal judge. (b) The funding to hire new faculty in the African-American Studies program.

General education requirements on diversity and cultural competence.
The Provost will work with the appropriate Senate committee to review these requirements to ascertain any needed improvements.


Student Affairs

The large and dedicated staff in the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is on the front lines of strengthening a campus culture of inclusion and respect.  

They train exempt, non-exempt, and student staff on issues of diversity and inclusion. They provide a staff coordinator for DACA and Dreamer students. They organized tomorrow's moment of reflection, jointly with their BSU colleagues. Maryland Chaplains hold vigils and interfaith service s for those grieving from acts of hate and violence. Counseling Center staff have special drop-in hours for those grieving.

UMD has declined to self-designate as a "sanctuary campus,"  but continues to provide undocumented students all the protections allowed by law.


UMD's trajectory

Over the past 60-plus years, UMD has evolved from a segregated institution to one of the most diverse and pre-eminent public research universities in the nation. 

Recently, we have taken actions to reflect a more inclusive campus history. We renamed the Sociology Building for Parren J. Mitchell, our first African-American graduate student, who earned a degree in sociology,  and later served as a leader in Congress. We erected a statue of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the plaza of Hornbake Library. We changed the name of our stadium, but continue to recognize President Byrd's important contributions to the University's growth with a permanent exhibit in the library. 

INSIGHT into Diversity (the main journal on this subject in higher education) and Essence magazine have recently recognized UMD for our efforts to advance diversity and inclusion. Th is reflects the progress of our journey, not the arrival at our destination. 

In the past year, our world has changed dramatically. What we have done to date to advance diversity and inclusion is the beginning. We must do more and do better.


Unity in diversity

On the 241st year of our Republic, I draw inspiration from the motto inscribed in the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum -- out of many one; unity in pluralism. 

America was once a microcosm of Europe. Today, it is becoming a microcosm of the world. We are evolving into a truly multiracial and multicultural democracy. Other nations are defined and bonded by a common race, or religion, or ethnic heritage, or language, or land. But America is  defined by ideas. It is a state of mind, a matter of the heart, a bold experiment.  

The preamble to the Constitution sets forth a vision and a road map. " We the people of the United States"  embark  on forming "a more perfect union," to "establish justice" and "secure the blessings of liberty."  The ideal of equality and the sanctity of freedom are what hold us together as a people.

After all these years, we know that ours is an imperfect union, but we still strive to realize the vision of a nation that is truly "just" and "free" for all. My optimism for the future is rooted in the conviction that America, and UMD, are works in progress. Both have come a long way. Both have a long way to go. But I believe there is no other nation, and no other university, that holds greater promise. 

This University is our University. We all belong here. Our diversity makes us richer. Our shared values -- the moral glue that bonds our diverse community -- makes us stronger. In tomorrow's moment of silence and reflection, we can begin to heal and move forward. 

Let us be fearless as we build together a more diverse, inclusive, respectful, and just University of Maryland for all.

 

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland   

 


August 21, 2017

Updates to Athletic Policies to Enhance Fan Safety

As part of the University of Maryland's action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus, the university announced it would examine strengthening existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue. As a result of these efforts, the University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics made the following announcement last week: 

The University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has adopted a series of changes to the university’s “Fan Code of Conduct” and “Prohibited Items & Behavior” policies to enhance fan safety during sporting events. Following a recommendation from the university's Athletic Council, the changes strengthen and clarify the existing policies, and affirm the university’s core values of diversity, inclusion and respect.
 
"We engaged in a comprehensive review of our policies as a reflection of our campus’ ongoing work to combat hate and create a safer campus,” said Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics. “We are incredibly proud of the positive and supportive behavior that fans of the Maryland Terrapins exhibit, and believe these proactive changes to our policy will ultimately benefit the fan experience for all.”
 
“The Athletic Council felt strongly that our policies against items and behavior designed to intimidate our fans should be as clear and specific as possible to allow our fans to feel both physically and emotionally safe at our events. We are pleased that our recommendations have been accepted and put into effect,” according to a joint statement from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Athletic Council.
 
Changes to the “Fan Code of Conduct” emphasize the university's commitment to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience not only for fans of all ages, but for student-athletes, coaches and officials; and the importance of that experience both in the athletic venue and across the entire campus. The changes also clarify that fighting, as well as obscene, profane or abusive language or behavior can result in ejection from games.
 
While intimidating items and actions have already been banned from athletic events, the revised “Prohibited Items & Behavior” language is intended to strengthen the policy. Several items were added to the policy’s prohibited list, including facsimile weapons and flammables of any kind. The changes also reflect clarity in prohibited signage, apparel or other items that display, depict or represent recognizable symbols and/or words that incite, intimidate, or threaten members of the UMD community, specifying both nooses and swastikas in the new policy.
 
The new policies can be found here.

August 17, 2017

Interfaith Service of Prayers for Healing

The campus community is invited to Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, August 23 at 12 p.m. to offer healing prayers for those grieving from acts of hate and violence.
 
Following the service and throughout the entire afternoon, community members are welcome to walk the meditative garden labyrinth and spend time reflecting and writing in nearby journals.
 

August 17, 2017

Resources Available – Solutions in Action: Countering Divisiveness

This summer, the university hosted a brown-bag series for UMD faculty and staff titled “Solutions in Action: Counteracting Divisiveness.”

Co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and ADVANCE, the series was an interactive forum for understanding and working together to address acts of hatred and intimidation. Gathering hundreds of faculty and staff from across campus, the series tackled issues from hate incidents at UMD and campuses across the country to identity privilege to free speech versus hate speech.
 
A compilation of resources is available from the series, including FAQs, suggested readings, presentations and more.
 
The resources are available here.

University of Maryland Action Plan to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

The University of Maryland has announced an initial action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus. This is just the beginning, and our action will continue.
 

  • Create a task force on hate-bias and campus safety.
  • Create a trained, rapid-response team for hate-bias incidents.
  • Increase funding for campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Affirm and demonstrate our core values of unity and respect as a university community.
  • Compile and publish an annual report on hate-bias incidents on campus.
  • Strengthen existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue.
  • Review our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias.

July 6

Announcement: Chief Diversity Officer

Dear University of Maryland community,

The tragic and senseless murder on our campus of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III has shaken us all. We have begun an intensive effort to combat the rising incidents of racism, hate, and violence that are spreading across the country. The Joint President and University Senate Task Force on Respect and Unity (comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni) will start this summer its work to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 
 
It is urgent that we fill an important leadership vacancy, the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).
 
Over the past few months, we conducted a national search for a CDO that resulted in the identification of qualified external candidates. During the course of the search, others and I came to the realization that the individual best fitted for this position at this time was already on our campus.  Provost Rankin and I consulted with the search committee . With the committee’s strong endorsement, we went forward with the decision on the CDO.
 
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Roger L. Worthington. Initially, he will hold the title of Interim Associate Provost and will be a member of the President's cabinet, the Provost’s senior staff, and the Council of Deans.
 
Since his arrival at UMD in 2014, Professor Worthington has chaired the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in our College of Education.  
 
He is a leading scholar in the fields of diversity, multicultural counseling, and education. He is the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he received the Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
 
He is a seasoned administrator. During his years as Professor (1997-2014) at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he won awards for teaching excellence and national service, he also served as CDO and Assistant Deputy Chancellor (2006-2011).
 
And, he is a nationally- recognized practitioner. He serves as a consultant to numerous colleges and universities on diversity planning, campus climate research, and intercultural student services. The Ford Foundation has funded his research, training, and practice on conducting difficult dialogues that bridge the racial, cultural, religious, and other divides on campuses.
 
A founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (2006-2011), he is the principal author of the Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs. The Governor of Missouri appointed him to the state’s Commission on Human Rights.  
 
I created the CDO position as recommended in UMD's 2010 diversity strategic plan. However, this plan also expressed a "preference" for someday elevating the CDO position to a Vice President with faculty rank. I believe that day has come.
 
T his would be a change in substance, not only in title. A VP for Diversity and Inclusion indicates a major institutional commitment of effort and resources in areas such as campus climate; recruitment and retention; scholarship and creative work on diversity; educational programs ; and community engagement pursuant to our land-grant mission. In the coming year, we will develop more fully this new VP position and set forth the process for appointment. 
 
Our world has changed since we began this search. This CDO appointment is on an interim basis until the VP position is established. However, the CDO has the authority and responsibilities of a permanent appointment. The search committee, Provost Rankin, and I are very appreciative that Professor Worthington accepted the call to service in these fraught times.
 
I thank all the search committee members for their work and this successful outcome. I also thank Cynthia Edmunds for serving so ably as interim CDO while performing her duties as Staff Ombudsperson and University Equity Administrator. 
 
And, I thank all of you for your ongoing commitment to -- and your efforts in support of -- the core values of inclusiveness and respect for human dignity that define us as an institution and as a nation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland

June 20

UMD Senate and president’s office: We must be transparent and work together to fight hate

Dear Editor,

Combating hate and violence is something our entire country is grappling with and we must all learn from and lean on each other. It is imperative we work together to address these issues as the editorial board suggested.
 
The board is right to underscore the importance of transparency in rebuilding a sense of safety within our community. Transparency is a central tenant of the University Senate's work and will remain so. University President Wallace Loh and the University Senate are in agreement that this is key, especially as it relates to the upcoming work of the joint presidential/senate task force on hate-bias and campus safety.
 
Similar to our collaborative work on the joint sexual assault prevention task force, we will ensure the campus community has the opportunity to engage, listen and voice their opinions — and that they will be heard.
 
The task force will take a comprehensive look at how the university can change policies, improve programs, strengthen our community and foster an environment where hate is not tolerated.
 
From experience, we know this work will take time. Sharing incomplete information can stifle the very difficult conversations needed to tackle challenging societal issues, and how we address them on our campus. Important first steps, though, are already underway.
 
The University Senate and the President's Office are committed to keep all informed as we make progress to fight hate and create a safer campus together.
 
Daniel Falvey
Chair, University Senate
 
Michele Eastman
Assistant President and Chief of Staff
 
Read the full article from the The Diamondback.

June 20

Summer Brown Bag Series, Solutions in Action: Countering Divisiveness

Dear Community,

You are cordially invited to Solutions in Action: Counteracting Divisiveness, a summer brown-bag series developed by UMD faculty and staff for UMD faculty and staff. Held weekly on Wednesdays from 12 to 1:15 PM through the summer in 0201 Edward St. John (the TLTC multipurpose room), this series offers and interactive forum for understanding and working together to address acts of hatred and intimidation.  More information can be found at http://www.ugst.umd.edu/solutionsinaction.html.
 
Faculty and staff are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis, although it would help to RSVP so that the organizers can get an accurate count to ensure a sufficient number of drinks and desserts each week.
 
Time: Wednesdays, 12-1:15 PM
Location: 0201 Edward St. John (TLTC multipurpose room)
 
Solutions in Action: Tentative Topic Schedule
June 21: “What’s happening on campus and across the U.S.?” An honest dialogue about hate incidents at UMD and campuses across the country
June 28: “But I don’t feel privileged”: What is identity privilege and how does it affect us?
July 5: <To be determined by participants>
July 12: Free speech versus hate speech: How do we balance these at a public university?
July 19: “But what do these issues have to do with my class?” Teaching strategies
July 26: “But that wasn’t my intention…” Intentions, impact, and restoring relationships
August 2: Managing stress: A self-care workshop
August 9: “Where are we now?” What can we do as faculty and staff?
 
Sincerely,
Mary Ann Rankin, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Provost

June 19

Opportunities of Remembrance June 20, 2017

Dear Community,

We are thinking about you all and hope that you are taking the time you need to care for yourself and each other. Tomorrow Tuesday, June 20th, will mark one month since Lieutenant Collins’ murder. To honor Lt. Collins and in recognition of this passing of time, we offer these opportunities of remembrance. Please help us spread the word.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10am-2pm: Office of Diversity & Inclusion, 2411 Marie Mount Hall
Space to gather, to write notes of condolences to his friends and family, and to pick up stones to remember him. You can place a stone at the vigil space at the bus stop in front of Montgomery Hall and/or take a stone with you.
 
12pm-1:30pm: Interfaith Service of Prayers for Healing, Garden Chapel at Memorial Chapel
Following the interfaith service in the Garden Chapel from 12-1:30pm and throughout the afternoon, participants are welcome to walk the meditative garden labyrinth and spend time reflecting and writing in nearby journals.    
 
Please note the Bus Stop in front of Montgomery Hall is an on-going place to remember Lieutenant Collins. If you placed an item there that is no longer there due to weather damage and was not perishable (like non-potted flowers), you can email bdc1@umd.edu to ask if the item was delivered to ODI. 
 
Again, we are thinking about you all.
 
Sincerely,
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion

June 8, 2017

University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors June 8, 2017 Statement

The University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors – proud alumni and donors – represent the interests of alumni within the University, and act as ambassadors to the greater UMD community and beyond. We remain deeply saddened by the killing of Second Lt. Richard Collins III.  We are also saddened by other events on the campus in the recent past that have sought to cause division and fear among members of our campus community. These acts are all senseless and must be a call to action.

We support President Loh’s efforts to successfully address these mounting concerns and we will work tirelessly to ensure the University of Maryland continues to be an institution that welcomes and celebrates respect for all.

The University of Maryland is an institution of learning that is enriched by its inclusion and diversity. We are determined to be a part of the solution, in words and deeds, and stand with President Loh in the belief that "we all must fight racism, extremism, and hate." We call on all alumni, as well as other members of the campus community, to join us in this effort.


June 2, 2017

Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation June 2, 2017 Statement 

We, the Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, are UMD alumni, community members and donors.  We serve and support the programs of the University and advance the interests of the members of our campus community – students, faculty, staff and our fellow alumni.

We collectively mourn the loss of Second Lt. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University who had just been commissioned in the U.S. Army and was within days of his graduation. It is a tragedy.

We also recognize that acts on campus have caused division and fear within our community with acts of hatred, bigotry and violence. They have left many wondering where free speech ends and hate speech begins. We denounce all acts that are intended to create emotional or physical harm to any individual or group.

This is a difficult time on many college campuses across the country. We are fearless in our determination to maintain the University of Maryland as an institution of higher education that welcomes, celebrates and respects diversity in all forms. We stand firm in our support of the actions proposed by President Loh in his letters to the community. And we as a Board are committed to creating a more inclusive and safer community for all.

--Signed by the Executive Committee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees on behalf of the full Board


June 1, 2017

Update: Actions to Shape a More Respectful and Inclusive Culture at UMD

Dear University of Maryland community,

Last week I announced actions to fight hate and create a safer campus. I said these actions are just the beginning.

The past week, members of the University leadership team and I have listened to concerns and thoughts from the campus community (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) as well as from members of the USM Board of Regents, Foundation Board of Trustees, Alumni Board of Governors, and our elected State and Federal officials. I appreciated receiving the petition of our Black Student Union.

After considering all this constructive input, I am announcing some further actions, with work on them to begin immediately:

1. We will implement a new "Pledge of Respect and Unity" for all UMD students, both returning and incoming. This pledge will reaffirm our core values of respect for human dignity, diversity, inclusion and academic freedom. We will organize events in the fall where students can take the pledge together and embed these values more fully in the UMD culture and mindset.

2. Working through UMD's shared governance processes, we will clarify our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias. We will carefully consider the enactment of stiffer sanctions when conduct is found to be motivated by hate or bias.

In the coming weeks, in consultation with the University Senate and student government, we will announce the chairs and members of the task force to carry out -- starting this summer -- a comprehensive review of UMD policies and procedures related to bias, hate, and campus safety in order to shape a culture that is more respectful and inclusive of all persons.

Meanwhile, our Police Department continues its active investigation of the hate symbol discovered in a fraternity house. They will announce the results of their investigation when it is completed. 

There is much work ahead. Thank you to all the members of our community who have come forward to stand up for the values that are at the core of our University.

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland


May 29, 2017

We All Must Fight Racism, Extremism, and Hate

In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, a young man was murdered on the University of Maryland College Park campus, a senseless and unprovoked act. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University, had just been commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was within days of his graduation. A promising life was ended all too soon, leaving families and communities to mourn.
 
The suspect is a UMD student. The state's attorney of Prince George's County is overseeing the investigation and prosecution of the suspect, supported by the county police, the UMD Police Department and the FBI. They will examine whether racial hatred was a motive, given the suspect's association with an online white supremacist group; the victim was black.
 
National polls show that most Americans believe that expressions of hate are increasing and going mainstream. Sadly, such incidents have affected our campus before.
 
By Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
 
Read the full article from the Baltimore Sun.

 


 

May 24, 2017

Reflection and Action

Dear University of Maryland community,

As we grieve the loss of Lt. Richard Collins III of Bowie State University, we must also act to combat hate and create a safer campus.

The investigation and prosecution of this heinous crime is underway, led by the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, supported by the Prince George's County Police Department, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We must allow these law enforcement agencies the time to do their work with due diligence.

But we must do more. Based on advice I have received from a broad coalition of campus partners, I am announcing the following University actions, effective immediately.

1. We have asked the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) to create a trained, rapid-response team for any hate-bias incident. This action team—comprised of faculty, staff, and students—would provide support and services to any member of our community who is the subject of a hate incident.

2. We will allocate $100,000 in supplemental funds for the ODI to support diversity and inclusion efforts that educate all members of our community.

3. We will task the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct to lead in the development and dissemination of an annual report on all hate-bias incidents on campus. This will provide information about incident rates and ongoing prevention, response and education measures.

4. We will ask the Athletic Council to immediately consider how to strengthen existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue, subject to immediate removal of the violator from that venue.

5. We will establish a task force on hate-bias and campus safety—comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to conduct a comprehensive review of all relevant university policies and procedures.  This task force will submit a final report with recommendations and guidelines to foster an environment where hate is not tolerated. 

  • It should engage the entire UMD community on difficult issues at the intersections of free speech, hate speech, and freedom of association. 
  • It should consider strengthened or new educational and curricular initiatives, and any special programming. 
  • And, it should work with UMD's communications staff on a public awareness effort to inform our campus community about its work.

 

This is the beginning. There will be more actions once the task force submits its final recommendations.

Today, UMD students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered for a moment of reflection to honor Lt. Collins and to draw strength from each other. We all want a culture that rejects hate and forges a more perfect union in our nation's rich multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity.

But these are fraught times, on our campus, across the nation, and the world. It is on all of us to stand up and fight the racism, extremism, and hate that are cancers in our body politic. 

United by this recent tragedy, we can be a force for good. Together, we can be stronger and smarter than those who would divide us and subvert the values that undergird our University and our democracy.

Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland


Community Gatherings

THURSDAY, MAY 25

11am-12pm
"Recovering from Racial Trauma." A community Twitter conversation about how to recover from racial trauma. We invite all students, faculty and staff to join in a supportive Twitter conversation, facilitated by the University Counseling Center, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office of Community Engagement.

1:30-3pm
Nanticoke Room, 1238 Stamp Student Union, Co-facilitated by MICA and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, this is a space for students, faculty, and staff.

3pm-4:30pm
MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students. 
LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

12-1:30pm
2242H School of Public Health, Dean's Conference Room, Co-facilitated by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the School of Public Health. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 1

12-1:30pm
2517 Van Munching Hall, Executive Dining Hall. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the Smith School of Business. This is for students, faculty, and staff.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

12-1pm
1202 Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs. This space is specifically for staff. 


May 23, 2017

UMD Community Responds to Tragedy

Dear Campus Community,

We are devastated by the murder of  Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III this weekend. We are devastated by the racism and hate that exists in this world.  And we are devastated that hate may have played a role in this and other horrific crimes across the country.

We want each of us to have the space and time they need to grieve and we need to collectively honor this young man’s life, offer our support to the other communities mourning right now, especially Bowie State University, and simultaneously find a path forward as a community.

We want to begin by making sure our community understands how they can be supported in the next week. Here are collective resources you should be aware of:

Tuesday, May 23, 12-1:30pm  
A place to gather, to share our thoughts and experiences with one another in a supportive environment.

• MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students.  
• Nyumburu Cultural Center Conference Room 0120. Facilitated by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Counseling Center, this is a space for students, staff, and faculty.
• LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.  This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, May 25th, 3pm-4:30pm
​A place to gather, to share our thoughts and experiences with one another in a supportive environment.

• MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students. 
• LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.  This is a space for students, faculty, and staff. 
 

Counseling: For those able to come to campus, the University Counseling Center has established special drop-in hours anytime Monday - Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to meet with a counselor.  During evening and weekend hours, you may call the counseling center 301-314-7651 and receive immediate, brief support from a counselor by phone. For faculty and staff, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program is also available for support. 
 

Wednesday, May 24, 1pm, Garden of Reflection of Remembrance, Memorial Chapel. We invite the campus community to join us for a moment of reflection hosted by the University Chaplains, to honor Lieutenant Collins and to stand in solidarity with his family, friends and the entire Bowie State University community. 
 

Thursday, May 25, 11am-12pm, a community Twitter conversation about how to recover from racial trauma. We recognize that many of you are not physically present on campus, but are in need of community at this time.  We invite all students, faculty and staff to join in a supportive Twitter conversation, facilitated by the University Counseling Center. Please note this is not a confidential space.
 

The University is working closely with Bowie State University to help them celebrate their commencement exercises on campus tomorrow morning. They very much appreciate the outpouring of support for their community.

We understand this may impact people differently, with a range of experiences and emotions. That is okay. Please make a point of connecting with each other, taking care of yourself, and be gentle with yourself.

Please remember that you can report hate/bias through the University of Maryland Police Department or the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), which is responsible for monitoring the university’s civil rights response. Visit OCRSM online to report or learn more.

Our community of nearly 400,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni can be a powerful force for good. Together, and only together, can we fight back against hate in all its insidious forms.  We are building a coalition of individuals and groups across campus dedicated to ensuring an environment where we fight back against hate and bias, and where we can all thrive.

Sincerely,

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Faculty Staff Assistance Program in the University Health Center

LGBT Equity Center

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

Office of Community Engagement

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy

President Wallace Loh

President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues

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