Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)

The purpose of the Maryland Chapter of American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is to be the acknowledged local and regional organization for men in nursing. The organization also provides a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors that affect men as nurses. Our objectives are to:

  • Encourage men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care.
  • Support men who are nurses to grow professionally and demonstrate to each other and to society the increasing contributions made by men within the nursing profession.
  • Advocate for continued research, education, and dissemination of information about men’s health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels.
  • Support members’ full participation in the nursing profession and its organizations, and use the chapter for the limited objectives stated above.


AAMN is currently dormant. If you're interested in helping to start this student organization back up, email Katie Lamp, assistant director of the Office of Academic and Career Success, at


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

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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

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

Diversity and Inclusion Liaisons

Though it may not be actively committed to an employee resource group, this role will be considered an extension of the SON Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This person or person(s) will be their department, unit, or external direct link to office by being aware of diversity and inclusion vernacular, communicating activities and events, and making the office aware of any special or current trends, resources/literature, concerns, or issues for their department related to diversity and inclusion. 

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Fit and Fun @ SON

an employee resource group that engages in mental, physical, and spiritual fitness, regardless of where you are on the fitness spectrum, and that promotes spirited activities, camaraderie, and morale boosting during the work day and after hours

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Innovative (Intensive) Collaborative Unit ( I².C.U.)

A diverse and inclusive grassroots network in the SON/UMB community that facilitates creative and interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and dissemination.

Our goals are to: 

  • provide opportunities for collaboration that enhance and drive innovation within all SON/UMB disciplines
  • provide linkages and interdisciplinary interactions between SON/UMB department and Schools
  • increase the public awareness, understanding, and reach of science and the practice of nursing.

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Listening Tour

We would like to schedule time in one of your meetings to collect feedback on issues such as training needs, interest in being a mentor or mentee, your onboarding experience, and how the Office of Diversity and Inclusion can help your department. Please invite Laurelyn Irving to a meeting to give her your feedback.

LGBTQ Ally Working Group

A group working to extend safe spaces to all of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as aim to be the voice for LGBTQ issues, activities, and activism. 

Subcommittees include:

  • Speaker Series
  • Advocacy and Education
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Literature Review
  • Safe Space Training.

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Random Acts of Kindness Team

This group is promoting ways for people in the school to surprise one another with kindness.

Look out for:

  • A variety of cards to say thanks, congrats, or thinking of you and a special box to place them in.
  • A traveling plush crab that will acknowledge kindness and jobs well done (also known as the Catching Someone Doing Something Right program)

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Have you been caught doing something right?

If RAKie the Crab was passed on to you, make sure you fill out our RAKie tracking sheet.

UMSON Community Narrative Center

This employee resource group collects unique stories while creating, developing, and assessing the inventory of different abilities among UMSON faculty, staff, and students, and will find ways to bring these stories together in a way that can leverage their uniqueness for the School's benefit.

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UMSON Staff Mentoring Program

We need volunteers for a committee to give input on designing a mentoring program for UMSON staff. The steering committee may serve as mentors, but committing to give direction to the program does not require you to be a mentor.

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We are looking at best practices and planning to find ways to help all new staff and faculty get off to a great start when they join our School. Part of encouraging inclusion is helping people feel they are welcomed and valued, and onboarding is how we make our first impressions with new employees.

Share your ideas with us by emailing