UMB Diversity News Stories

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April 22, 2024  |  When Ida Powell first heard the findings of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) 1807 Commission on Slavery and Racism, it was a deeply emotional experience.

April 19, 2024  |  The University of Maryland School of Social Work convened a groundbreaking summit to fortify DEI initiatives in tumultuous times.

February 14, 2024  |  President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center discusses hope in the face of despair and a to-do list for universities during keynote speech.

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September 26, 2023  |  The overarching aim of the center will be to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities impacted by historical and modern-day racial oppression.

August 30, 2023  |  The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s (UMSSW) Center for Restorative Change receives a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for school-based mental health services.

June 15, 2023  |  On the June 15, 2023, edition of “Virtual Face to Face,” UMB prepares for an impending Supreme Court ruling that may ban the use of race in college admissions.

May 17, 2023   |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) has announced the recipients of its inaugural Be JEDI Innovation Grants, which support interdisciplinary projects or initiatives that advance Belonging (Be) and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at UMB.

April 24, 2023  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, has appointed Sarah Michel, PhD, interim dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

April 19, 2023   |  Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, UMB’s chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer and vice president, delivers the keynote for the Leaders in Education: Academy of Presidential Scholars event.

March 29, 2023   |  Through May 31, HSHSL will be collecting new and gently used children’s books, age levels birth through high school, for donation to local schools and day care centers.

February 10, 2023  |  Invest in young people, continue learning, and do equity work on the organizational level, UMCP professor says in MLK and Black History Month Celebration speech.

January 13, 2023  |  The University of Maryland School of Nursing will participate in a national initiative to foster inclusive learning environments.

December 16, 2022  |  The Dec. 15, 2022 edition of “Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell” featured a wide-ranging discussion of the Supreme Court’s upcoming rulings involving racial preferences in admissions.

November 18, 2022  |  On Nov. 17, 2022, edition of "Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell," UMB Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion chief Diane Forbes Berthoud previews the launch of the EDI dashboard.

April 8, 2022  |  Gilead funds University of Maryland School of Social Work study surrounding HIV prevention medication.

March 15, 2022  |  University is named to the list of Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by “Diverse: Issues In Higher Education” magazine.

March 2, 2022  |  Pop-up event provides food supplies and spreads awareness about the UMB Student Pantry.

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February 18, 2022  |  Thinking broadly about the job, “I see myself as a connector,” Fleming says. “In many respects, I am the person who will connect with faculty, staff, and students, to help us do the work.”

February 18, 2022  |  In UMB Black History Month Celebration keynote, Lawrence Brown says Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is unfulfilled, advocates a plan of action akin to the Freedom Budget to fight institutional racism.

February 11, 2022  |  Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, vice president and chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer of UMB, led a town hall on Feb. 9 along with her new staff to update the university community on progr

January 18, 2022  |  $2.9 million federal grant awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Child and Family Trauma Stress and the University of Maryland School of Social Work to provide antiracist training.

December 15, 2021  |  University of Maryland School of Social Work faculty publish findings in “Psychology of Men & Masculinities.”

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December 8, 2021  |  Leading social justice organizations have joined together to form a national center to address the needs of LGBTQ+ young people and their families involved in public systems.

November 23, 2021  |  First of Its Kind Online Resource for LGBTQ Youth & Families Launches During Holiday Season — Often A Difficult Time for LGBTQ Youth — to Help Decrease Isolation, Family Rejection & Mental Health Risk

November 18, 2021  |  Montrece McNeill Ransom talks about intersection of public health and law, and creating a culture where everyone feels they belong in Diversity Advisory Council Speaker Series virtual presentation.

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November 3, 2021  |  Online course teaches general public about Baltimore systemic issues related to housing and transportation

October 22, 2021  |  Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW '09, LCSW-C, assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, asks President Joe Biden about vaccines.

October 14, 2021  |  UMB's inaugural Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer and VP Diane Forbes Berthoud is the guest on “Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell.”

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September 24, 2021  |  Cabinet-level position to catalyze institutional change

June 21, 2021  |  The June 17 Virtual Face to Face with President Jarrell picks up where author and scholar Ibram Kendi left off in February, with a discussion of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

April 9, 2021  |  On the April 8 edition of 'Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell': Redefining aging in Maryland and UMB's role as an age-friendly university.

April 2, 2021  |  UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, appoints Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, as UMB's inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Vice President.

February 18, 2021  |  Noted author, historian, and Boston University professor tells UMB audience recognizing existence of racial disparities and exploring their causes is first step toward being anti-racist.

February 5, 2021  |  Pharmacy alum calls on UMB to further civil rights leader’s vision as country combats COVID-19 and systemic racism.

October 23, 2020  |  Poet, writer, and teacher Clint Smith, PhD, offers a fresh look at today's America with an examination of racism through our history.

October 23, 2020  |  UMB Diversity Advisory Council affinity group details pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Hispanics and other under-represented populations.

October 5, 2020   |  Clint Smith, PhD, is a writer, teacher, and Emerson Fellow at New America, a national think tank based in Washington, D.C. He previously received fellowships from the Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation.

September 24, 2020  |  New president aims to “reimagine and reposition” UMB in response to COVID-19.

September 4, 2020  |  The University of Maryland School of Nursing remembers Esther McCready, the school's first African-American student and a visionary pioneer.

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August 20, 2020  |  With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a stop to many summer camps and activities, the CURE Scholars had to move their usual summer of STEM to a virtual platform.

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August 17, 2020  |  Insight Into Diversity Magazine honors University’s 5-year-old STEM education pipeline initiative.

July 17, 2020  |  On the July 16, 2020, edition of Virtual Face to Face with Dr. Bruce Jarrell: Dr. Damon A. Williams, chief catalyst of the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Innovation.

June 12, 2020  |  Promise Heights initiative chief Bronwyn Mayden and Union Baptist Senior Pastor Rev. Alvin Hathaway talk about coping and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 9, 2020   |  Jeffrey Ash, EdD, assistant professor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been elected secretary of the Maryland/Virginia chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).

June 8, 2020   |  In light of recent action advocating for racial equality, the University Student Government Association (USGA) wanted to affirm our commitment to the actions that it will take to end the long-standing racism and prejudice in our society...

February 6, 2020  |  Morgan State associate professor decries systemic issues that affect educators’ judgments on minority students’ STEM potential.

January 22, 2020  |  The Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center allows groups from diverse backgrounds to come together.

November 22, 2019  |  The Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

November 11, 2019  |  Health care reformer and Baltimore native recounts city’s long history of racial discrimination in health care, economics, housing, and education.

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October 23, 2019  |  Educational institutions from across the country gather at the first Diversity Pipeline Programs Meeting to explore best practices for successful programming.

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September 20, 2019  |  Maryland Carey Law welcomed students this year with a new pre-orientation program designed to help students acclimate to life in law school.

June 14, 2019  |  Michele Norris, founder of The Race Card Project, encourages the UMB community to engage in difficult but meaningful conversations to build trust on issues of diversity and inclusion.

May 10, 2019  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, delivers the sixth annual State of the University Address.

March 27, 2019  |  Leaders seek input on the campus climate for diversity during forums to explore the results of a student survey.

December 12, 2018  |  INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine awards 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards to two UMB schools.

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September 24, 2018  |  The Diversity Advisory Council invited John Wolfe Jr., PhD, MS, to speak to UMB about using diversity and inclusion as a tool to manage conflict and disruption.

June 7, 2018  |  Collaborative job training program called "an unforgettable journey."

February 1, 2018   |  Black History Month event includes Outstanding Staff Award for UMB CURE Scholars leadership team.

February 1, 2018  |  UMB’s Black History Month celebration features keynote address, "Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take a Knee?" and gives out MLK Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards.

November 10, 2017  |  University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Professor Russell A. McClain, JD, delivered a thought-provoking talk about bias and diversity as part of the UMB Diversity Speaker Series

September 7, 2017  |  President’s Symposium to examine the importance of global literacy in today’s higher education.

September 6, 2017   |  President Perman calls for action to fight the termination of DACA.

September 6, 2017  |  President Perman sends open letter to the University of Maryland, Baltimore community opposing termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

September 5, 2017   |  Letter from Chancellor Caret to the Maryland Congressional Delegation regarding support for DACA.

August 30, 2017   |  Chancellor Robert L. Caret shares his thoughts on the violent incidents in Charlottesville, VA.

August 25, 2017  |  Carey Law hosts dialogue for faculty and students on issues raised by the recent events in Charlottesville, Va.

August 14, 2017   |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, denounces role of KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville violence.

August 14, 2017   |  In an open letter Aug. 14 to the SSW community, Dean Richard Barth, PhD, denounced the hatred that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12.

August 14, 2017  |  University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, MD, denounces role of KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville violence.

August 14, 2017   |  E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA and Sandra Quezada, MD, MS speak out against the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

July 3, 2017  |  Chief Accountability Officer Roger Ward disclosed the results of UMB’s recent campus climate survey at President Perman’s quarterly Q&A.

April 26, 2017   |  In addition to existing role as SOM assistant dean for admissions, Dr. Quezada will play a key role in enhancing diversity and cultural competence.

March 13, 2017   |  A powerhouse panel helped the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing their experiences on March 9 in Westminster Hall.

March 10, 2017  |  A powerhouse panel helped the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing their experiences on March 9 in Westminster Hall.

March 8, 2017   |  Yvette Pappoe, former USGA Diversity Advisory Council representative, is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature.

March 1, 2017  |  Frank Bruni, MS, of the New York Times spoke before a crowd of 200 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) on Feb. 28 as part of UMB's President’s Panel on Politics and Policy.

February 15, 2017  |  Author, scholar, veteran, White House fellow, and youth advocate Wes Moore speaks to UMB Core Value of accountability.

February 2, 2017  |  Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, addresses the civil rights challenges of 2017 at UMB's Black History Month celebration.

January 31, 2017  |  The President's Panel on Politics and Policy kicks off with the chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

January 30, 2017  |  UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, issues a statement on President Trump's temporary travel ban.