• Reflecting on the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, and Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, the University’s chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer, mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by urging the UMB community to continue advancing the work of justice and equity.

  • 2022 MLK and Black History Month Celebration

    Lawrence T. Brown, PhD, MPA, author of “The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America,” is the keynote speaker for the annual event, which will be held virtually Feb. 8.

    Register here

  • University of Maryland Medicine to Drop Race from Kidney Function Estimates

    Under a new race-neutral assessment, thousands of African Americans living with chronic kidney disease could gain access to specialty treatment or transplantation for the first time. Read the story

  • Diversity Speaker Series: Fall 2021

    Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH, ACC, discussed racism as a public health crisis and her experiences as a lawyer, educator, leadership coach, and belonging strategist.

    Read the story and watch the video

    Learn more about the Speaker Series



  • Stephanie Foster, MS and Samantha Fuld, DSW, MSW

    Featured DAC Spotlight

    Stephanie Foster, MS, and Samantha Fuld, DSW, MSW, are co-chairs of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW).

    Read their story

  • Kendi Delivers Message on How to Be Anti-Racist

    Being an anti-racist involves much more than simply declaring, “I’m not a racist,” author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, MA, says during the President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

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    Keynote Speaker Says MLK’s Words Ring True Amid Dual Pandemics

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  • COVID-19’s Effect on Maryland’s Latinos

    Diversity Advisory Council affinity group details the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Hispanics and other underrepresented populations.

    Read about the event

  • UMB CURE Receives National Honor

    Insight Into Diversity magazine recognizes pipeline education initiative with Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.

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  • UMB Solidarity

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore stands in solidarity with Black people against police brutality and systemic racism. The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has prompted a nationwide conversation and call to action.

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  • Diversity and COVID-19

    Avoid making assumptions about individuals who you believe may or may not have come into contact with someone who is carrying the virus.

    Learn more about  COVID-19


The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shall take a leadership role, participate in, and have a voice in the development of institutional policies and procedures. DAC will assist in supporting the implementation of the goals identified in the University's strategic plan in order to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The mission of UMB’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is to provide recommendations to the president that promote the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


• Identify opportunities within and outside the University that enhance training and professional development in valuing diversity and cultural competency.

• Identify and recommend opportunities to improve standards, practices, and procedures to create a campus culture of inclusion and equity

• Recognize exemplary practices, programs, and individuals that embody a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Support that the achievement of diversity, equity, and inclusion are guiding principles in every aspect of the University’s initiatives.

Statement on Cultural Competence
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is committed and pledges to embrace cultural competence at all organizational levels and programs to improve outcomes for students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. “Cultural competence responds respectfully and effectively to all people in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals, families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each (all).”[1] The University will develop policies and engage in education, scholarship, and service delivery that promote and support cultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Together as a university community we commit to self-assessing and strengthening our own cultural competence by creating a climate that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

We propose that as a university we engage in the following activities to be able to implement this statement and achieve its purpose and outcomes:

  1. Develop a process to engage each school at the leadership level and as a whole to implement and execute this statement within their respective schools.
  2. Encourage the Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) to develop IPE experiences for students of all schools in the area of cultural competence.
  3. Create a clear message to the University community about this statement and the expectations for each member of the organization.

[1] This is the definition of cultural competence by the National Association of Social Work’s (NASW) National Committee (2001) and endorsed by the NASW standards of “cultural competence” in social work practice with some small modifications.



The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and the Health Professions HEED Award are the only national higher ed awards for diversity.

Insight Into Diversity: Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for 2020 was given to the School of Nursing.

Insight Into Diversity: Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for 2019 was given to the School of Nursing.

Insight Into Diversity: Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for 2019 was given to the School of Nursing.

HEED Logo - 2018

Insight Into Diversity: Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Awards for 2018 were given to the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.