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In January 2006, Blackshear joined University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where she served as the manager of Diversity/Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 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’s Education and Equal Access Team, where she also serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Blackshear manages one employee, Camille Givens-Patterson, EEO specialist. The office provides consultative services to all employees with regard to University policies and procedures concerning equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action.
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, diversity, and civility trainings campuswide. Blackshear oversees the Youth Works Summer Jobs Program, which is coordinated by Givens-Patterson, a program that UMB has proudly supported for more than 25 years. 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.
Blackshear is currently active with the following University organizations: University Events and the President’s Diversity Advisory Council. 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), American Association of University Women (AAUW), and College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA).
Previously, Blackshear served as co-chair of the Club UMB Internship Workgroup and coordinated the Maryland Charities Campaign (2007). She 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 in Pikesville for 11 years. She holds a Master's of Science in human resource management from University Maryland University College and is enrolled in the Master of Science in law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.