Diversity Strategic Plan

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has launched the first-ever diversity strategic planning process for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

The process of collectively defining and pursuing a coordinated, Universitywide plan to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion has begun. The Diversity Strategic Plan Committee was formed in the fall of 2022 to contribute to the creation and development of UMB’s first Diversity Strategic Plan. The committee is composed of students, faculty, staff, and administration. Their insights and expertise will be invaluable in the committee’s work to lead and engage our UMB community around Theme 3 of the UMB Strategic Plan, University Culture, Engagement, and Belonging, to “create a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive culture of care that collaboratively engages and embraces all members of the University community, and the broader community, with respect and in a manner that fosters belonging, understanding, trust, and equity.”

Committee Charge

The Diversity Strategic Plan Committee is charged with informing the development of UMB’s first Diversity Strategic Plan, which will serve as a road map and framework to activate and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at UMB.

The committee has adopted a data-driven, evidence-based approach to identify university equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) priorities and needs. It has extensively reviewed surveys, climate studies, our UMB Strategic Plan, Universitywide strategic goals and outcomes, and best practices at UMB and throughout higher education and industry to inform the plan's development. During spring 2023, it will host listening sessions to learn more from our UMB community about future directions in EDI.

Join the Conversation

As part of UMB’s first Diversity Strategic Planning Process, The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be holding multiple listening sessions across units and schools that include faculty, staff, and student, and affinity groups based on both personal and positional identities and developed a platform where you can share your ideas with other members of the UMB community. Join the conversation by posting on the DSP Strategic Plan Discussion Board or by attending a listening session.


Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD
VP and Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Graduate School


Committee Members

C. Daniel Mullins, PhD
Professor of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research and 
Executive Director of The PATIENTS Program
School of Pharmacy



  • September to December 2022: Assess and Review
  • December to March 2023: Feedback and Socialize
  • March to May: Draft and Finalize
  • May to June: Finalize