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People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.
— Felix Adler
In January 2006, Sheila Blackshear joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where she served as the manager of Diversity/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA), in the Office of Human Resource Services.
Effective Nov. 1, 2015, Blackshear was promoted to director of EEO/AA in the Office of Accountability and Compliance, where Blackshear also serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The office provides consultative services to all employees with regard to University policies and procedures concerning EEO and AA.
The scope of Blackshear’s responsibilities also includes investigating and remediating internal and external EEO allegations, preparing and delivering the annual Affirmative Action Plan and facilitating harassment prevention awareness and diversity and civility trainings campuswide. Since 2012, Blackshear also has been the business liaison for Project Search. Blackshear developed and coordinated the UMB mentoring program from 2008 to 2013. The UMB mentoring program was designed to acclimate new employees to the University.
In 2013 and 2015, the University was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award through Blackshear’s efforts and coordination. Blackshear also participates with the following professional organizations: American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Previously, Blackshear served as co-chair of the Club UMB Internship Workgroup and coordinated the Maryland Charities Campaign (2007). Blackshear was the grant writer and program manager for the Women Helping Women Succeed initiative through the American Association of University Women’s Campus Action Project (2006-2007).
Before joining UMB, Blackshear was the director of human resources at the Hilton-Pikesville, for 11 years. She holds a Master’s of Science in human resource management from University Maryland University College and a Master’s of Science in law from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and she is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) through AAAED.