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We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.
We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly.
We grow partially. We are relative.
We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present.
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— Anais Nin
In January 2006, Sheila Blackshear joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where she currently serves as the administrator of Diversity/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Affirmative Action (AA), in the Office of Human Resource Services.
The scope of Blackshear’s responsibilities includes responding to employee requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Preparing and delivering the annual Affirmative Action Plan, as well as, co-facilitating HR 101: EEO/Diversity and civility trainings campus-wide.
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).
From 2012-2017, Blackshear had been the business liaison for Project Search. A collaborative partnership between UMB, the Arc of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public Schools System, and the Division of Rehabilitation Services. It is a model workforce and career development program for adults and students with disabilities.
Blackshear developed and coordinated the UMB mentoring program from 2008-2013. 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).
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 Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional (Sr. CAAP) through AAAED.