Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

Booked for Lunch Book Club (Baltimore)

This group of diversified thinkers offers a platform for dialogue, awareness, and collaborative thinking through review of a variety of diverse reading and media materials.

For more information, email Mishawn Smith at mishawn.smith@umaryland.edu.

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CommUNITY Book Club (USG)

This group of diversified thinkers offers a platform for dialogue, awareness, and collaborative thinking through review of a variety of diverse reading and media materials.

For more information or to join, email Laura El Shafei at lelshafei@umaryland.edu.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

We’re forming a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council of elected members:

  • 4 staff
  • 4 faculty
  • 3 students.

Nominations and elections will be in September and October 2021.  

More Information on the DEI Council

Listening Sessions

Listening Sessions are offered to improve engagement and create a better workplace culture. A Listening Session is a platform used to discuss topics and share experiences regarding specific topics. Generally, these sessions are implemented to understand the opportunities and challenges surrounding the topic. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is available to offer assistance and feedback on the information provided to determine what actions or changes are needed for the most successful community.

Please contact Nicole Palmore with any questions. 

Stonewall Pride (UMB)

Mission:
Stonewall Pride provides a safe and affirming space for faculty and staff of UMB who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community as well as allies. Through education, activities, awareness, advocacy efforts, and community outreach, we will strengthen the importance of social equality regarding the LGBTQIA+ community at UMB and within our surrounding community.

To join, contact Mishawn Smith or Lyndsay Smith.

While the DAC Affinity Groups focus on staff and faculty, UMB students have created over 30 affinity groups designed to address the unique needs of the student population. Learn more at https://www.umaryland.edu/university-life/student-organizations/list-of-student-organizations/

Acts of Inclusion and Belonging

Inclusion and Belonging is ensuring that all faculty, staff, and students feel safe and accepted to show up as their authentic selves.

Acts of Inclusion and Belonging can be defined as continuously evaluating our overall engagement. Acts of Belonging and Inclusion celebrate individuals who practice the In UniSON way. Show appreciation for a colleague by sending an electronic card to make someone feel appreciated, celebrated, accepted, heard, included, and welcome!

Inclusion and Belonging “Ambassador"

Together in UniSON requires all of us.

Ambassadors support the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by raising awareness about needs, safe space, and resources that can assist with our In UniSON mission. Ambassadors also serve as hosts to our new faculty, staff, and students to ensure seamless orientation and transition.  

  • Do you want to be an Inclusion and Belonging Ambassador?

 

  • Would you like to have an ambassador?