Groups and Initiatives

Community Engagement and Services

Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) serves as UMB’s liaison to communities across the state of Maryland on behalf of the Office of the President, with a focus on communities in West Baltimore that border the UMB campus. OCE develops and nurtures Universitywide partnerships with external stakeholders, including K-12 public schools, community organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses. OCE also assists UMB’s professional schools with the coordination of community engagement initiatives and coordinates faculty, staff, and student volunteer and service-learning initiatives to respond to needs identified by community partners. OCE also currently hosts “Community Computing” every Tuesday and Friday afternoon in 2016, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., for individuals in the community to use the computer lab for job search, resume writing, and internet research free of charge.

Interprofessional Program for Academic Community Engagement

The Interprofessional Program for Academic Community Engagement (IPACE) is supported by University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) transformational funding and is part of the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. The program facilitates community engagement at UMB in collaboration with UMB’s Office of Community Engagement.

This interprofessional initiative is inclusive of faculty, staff, students, and community partners who collaborate and envision community partnerships as a means to effect positive change. The program works to build the capacity of community-based organizations to improve the health and well-being of neighbors in Baltimore and beyond.

Francis King Carey School of Law

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law sponsors a variety of public service initiatives, including the Clinical Law Program (the Immigration Clinic, JustAdvice, the Law and Social Work Services Program, and the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center.

School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Medical System, operates a large clinical service program. Major divisions of this program include Child and Adolescent Services, General Adult Services, Consultation Liaison, Geriatric Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Telemental Health, Behavioral Health Services, and other clinical services.

School of Nursing

The University of Maryland School of Nursing operates a number of community and service programs, including the Governor’s Wellmobile Program and school-based health centers operated by the school’s Office of Clinical Enterprise, providing primary care services to underserved populations in the state of Maryland.

School of Pharmacy

Operated by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, the PATIENTS program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve patients’ health and quality of life. The program engaged people from all communities, especially those from underserved and minority populations, in every step of the patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) process.

School of Social Work

The University of Maryland School of Social Work operates the Positive Schools Center, whose mission is to promote positive, supportive, and mindful learning communities where students and school staff can connect, develop, and grow. The center will partner with school districts to identify and collaborate on issues related to school climate and punitive discipline, especially when those issues result in high rates of suspension and expulsions.


Diversity Awards

MLK Awards

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the annual MLK Awards recognize outstanding faculty, staff, and students who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, continuing Dr. King’s legacy.

Employee Resources and Professional Development

Employee and Labor Relations

The Employee and Labor Relations office, an area within Human Resource Services, serves as a resource for employees surrounding issues related to interpretation of UMB policies and procedures, grievances, complaints, and collective bargaining agreements, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other leave. The office also administers the annual performance development program. The office also oversees employment administration, to serve as a resource on several components of employment, including job groups, probationary periods, work hours, closures and delays, and essential employees.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

In partnership with the Faculty Senate, the Diversity Advisory Council, the strategic plan's Executive Implementation Committee, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic and Research Officer, and the deans, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) purchased a two-year institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD).

The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. The NCFDD is a nationally recognized organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. The center delivers a variety of web-based services including webinars, workshops, and discussion forums that cover topics focusing on increasing productivity, improving time management, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance, among other professional development options.

The NCFDD institutional membership offers numerous benefits at no charge to UMB faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students, such as:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator.
  • 12 monthly Core Training Webinars.
  • 12 monthly Guest Expert Webinars and access to our Multi-Week Courses.
  • Video of all workshops so members can learn at their convenience.
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring and problem solving.
  • Monthly accountability buddy match.
  • Moderated monthly writing challenges.
  • Access to member library, which includes past workshop materials, referrals, and readings.

To take advantage of this opportunity, activate your confidential, personal membership account today.

How to Activate Your UMB Sponsored Membership:

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website.
  2. Select the "Become a Member" tab and choose "Individual Membership."
  3. On the "Individual Membership" page, select "Join Now."
  4. On the "Select Your Member Type" page, select "Institutional Sub-Account."
  5. On the "Select a Username" page, use your institution-issued email address in the Username box. (Note: Personal email addresses will not work under the institutional membership agreement.)
  6. Complete the registration process.

We hope you take advantage of the resources available through the NCFDD. We will be reaching out to you to solicit feedback over the coming months. Should you have any questions or comments regarding this institutional membership, please email Karen D. Matthews, MPA, director of planning and program development, or call at extension 6-2422.

Organization and Employee Development

The Organization and Employee Development office, an area within Human Resource Services, develops and implements solutions to improve the effectiveness of individuals, teams, and the University. The office provides services in the areas of consultation to assess the environment and employee needs to recommend customized solutions, training, and development learning experiences to acquire knowledge and skills, and facilitation. The office operates eLearning, which offers multiple web-based resources to enhance the UMB workforce and increase workplace productivity, the Emerging Leaders program, and UMB Employee Recognition and Rewards programs.

Equal Access and Non-Discrimination

Office of Accountability and Compliance

The Office of Accountability and Compliance (OAC) Education and Equal Access Team provides training and education on issues related to compliance, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, as well as investigative services for complaints of discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected categories including age, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Questions about Title IXnondiscrimination policiesequal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action (AA), and faculty recruitment also can be directed to OAC’s Education and Equal Access Team.

Federal Resources

Commission on Civil Rights

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency with a mission to inform the development of a national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. The commission pursues this mission by studying alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice.

Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides support for veterans in their time after service through benefits, initiatives, and resources, including the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It also is illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Office for Civil Rights

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age.

Global Initiatives

Center for Global Education Initiatives

The Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) is an educational and experiential learning center for UMB faculty and students who are interested in global educational opportunities. The center promotes and supports interprofessional global health education, identifies global themes that can be contextualized locally, and facilitates academic work related to global education and competencies.

Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation

The Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) is a nonprofit UMB affiliate with a mission to administratively support international operations of UMB principal investigators. The purpose of MGIC is to provide the administrative infrastructure for sizable and sustained operations outside of the United States and to support research and clinical programs in a number of countries.

Individuals With Disabilities

Educational Support and Disability Services

The Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS) office coordinates services to assist students with disabilities in obtaining reasonable accommodations through an interactive process involving the student and the student’s school, including types of accommodations, how to request accommodations, documentation guidelines, and students’ rights and responsibilities. The office also provides information for faculty to assist them in coordinating academic accommodations for their students. The office offers information for student note takers and coaching services to provide students the opportunity for individualized work with a professional regarding academic-related goals, concerns, and stressors.

Employee Requests for Reasonable Accommodations

Employees’ requests for reasonable accommodations based on a disability are handled by the Office of Accountability and Compliance, Education and Equal Access Team.

International Students

Office of International Services

The Office of International Services (OIS) assists individual international students, scholars, and their families by advising on federal immigration regulations and providing advice and support on personal, academic, and cultural matters. The office oversees the International Student Mentor Program, which connects incoming international students with continuing students and is intended to provide information to incoming students before they arrive and help them adjust to life in Baltimore, and the Volunteer Translator Program, which is designed to identify existing language resources on campus and make them available to the University community.

Lactation Centers

Lactation Centers Offered by the Wellness Hub

There are several lactation centers located on UMB’s campus. Any nursing mother who is a UMB affiliate (faculty, staff, student, or their breastfeeding spouse/domestic partner) can utilize this service, offered by the Wellness Hub. Prospective users should register prior to contacting the administrative liaisons for each lactation center.


Safe Space

Safe Space is a program that identifies LGBTQIA-friendly faculty, staff, and students and can have a significant impact on the institution and campus climate. UMB, through Interprofessional Student Learning and Services Initiatives (ISLSI), offers a Safe Space training workshop that provides information about how to be a supportive ally to LGBTQIA students and colleagues.

Star Track

STAR TRACK (Special Teens At-Risk, Together Reaching Access, Care and Knowledge) is an interdisciplinary program to address the complicated needs of adolescents who are infected with HIV. Browse the STAR TRACK brochures.


Recovery From Addiction

Maryland M.D.S. Making a Difference (MD3)

The Maryland M.D.S. Making a Difference (MD3) program’s purpose is to create an innovative and comprehensive medical residency training curriculum for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) for individuals who misuse, abuse, or are dependent on substances including illegal drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, and nicotine. This program is a collaboration between UMB and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). SBIRT training and procedures are integrated into participating primary care residency programs of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

For information on the consumption, risk factors, and consequences associated with alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in Maryland, visit the Maryland Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW), within the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

State of Maryland Resources

Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator

The Office of the Statewide Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator's (OSEEOC) mission is to administer and enforce state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and policies, promote a work environment free of any unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and assist in the building of a well-diversified workforce for Maryland state government employees and applicants.

Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights' (MCCR) mission is to ensure opportunity for all through the enforcement of Maryland’s laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracts; to provide educational outreach services related to provisions of this law; and to promote and improve civil rights in Maryland. MCCR is an independent agency that serves individuals, businesses, and communities throughout the state. Its mandate is to protect against discrimination based on race, color, religion or creed, sex, age, ancestry or national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In employment cases, MCCR also protects against discrimination based on genetic information, and, in housing cases, against discrimination based on familial status.

Maryland Commission on Disabilities

The Maryland Commission on Disabilities (MCOD) serves as the advisory body for MDOD and plays an instrumental role in the development of the State Disabilities Plan, a comprehensive multiyear strategic plan that sets performance goals for all agencies in Maryland that serve people with disabilities.

Maryland Department of Disabilities

The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinating and improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland. By working with all state government agencies, MDOD provides advocacy and guidance to ensure state entities deliver services in the most integrated settings possible, develop consistent policies affecting those with disabilities, and consider the diverse needs of all when making decisions that impact Marylanders.

Student Learning and Leadership

For information on diverse, school-specific, and Universitywide student organizations and to find out how to start a new Universitywide student organization, please view the Student Organizations list.

Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives

Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI)  is committed to educating UMB students through opportunities that emphasize community engagement and social responsibility while actively supporting a student’s personal and professional development. The office’s aim is to enhance the quality of student life by celebrating diversity, encouraging service-learning, and supporting leadership development and interdisciplinary engagement. The office provides a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives, President’s Initiatives, including the President’s Student Leadership Institute and the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, Poverty Simulations, and Rape Aggression Defense seminars. The President’s Symposium and White Paper Project topics have included cultural competence, community engagement, interprofessional education, civility, and urban renewal. Visit here for the publications.


The PROMISE program, Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, seeks to increase diverse representation by designing programs that will successfully cultivate new science technology, engineering, and math students from diverse ethnicities and facilitate retention, successful graduation through the PhD program, and preparation for the professoriate. PROMISE services and programs, including postdoctoral opportunities and the Summer Success Institute (for incoming and continuing graduate students), are open to all graduate students who are seeking or interested in obtaining a PhD, regardless of discipline.


Baltimore Veterans Network

In support of veterans off campus, UMB, through the Office of Academic Affairs, operates the Baltimore Veterans Network, which links volunteers with nonprofits around the city, providing support for homeless veterans. The network's partners include the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET), Project PLASE, and The Baltimore Station


Center for Integrative Medicine

Through the Transforming Wellness Beyond Imagination program, the Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, aims to transform the path to wellness through innovative research, high-quality professional education programs, and patient-centered care. The program operates a regular newsletter, a Healthy Wellness Blog, and a Healing Arts blog.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers employees the chance to meet with experienced counselors who can offer support and structure to help individuals and groups. All EAP services are provided free of charge and are separate from the regular health provided by UMB.

Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center provides a number of services to UMB students, including initial evaluations, group counseling, individual counseling (all of which are free services to currently enrolled UMB students), as well as medical management and workshops. The center also provides resources to faculty and staff members to assist students they think might be in distress.

Wellness Hub

The Wellness Hub provides opportunities for students to explore academic-life balance through interprofessional workshops and lectures, coaching, and family support. Specifically, some resources include Wellness Resources for 8 Dimensions of Wellness, academic coaching, and information on the campus lactation centers. The Wellness Hub also offers a number of events and programs throughout the year as well as the Relaxation Zone for student use — a space featuring comfortable chairs and floor space for meditation or prayer, located on the third floor of the SMC Campus Center.

Women in Leadership


The UMBrella Group helps women achieve their potential, find their voices, and feel empowered. The group works to engage a community that supports the success of women, advance women into leadership roles at UMB, and champion women at all levels of the organization. UMBrella offers events and programming to enrich, teach, and inspire the UMB community.

University System of Maryland (USM) Women’s Forum

The University System of Maryland (USM) Women’s Forum aims to bring together women from within USM to promote professional growth and empowerment and enable all women of USM to achieve their goals. Its vison is to serve as a leading organization within USM promoting equity to all.

Women, Leadership, and Equality Program

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law operates the Women, Leadership, and Equality Program, which combines teaching, experiential learning, and scholarship about women in the legal profession to prepare its graduates to become leaders in their chosen careers. It provides students an opportunity to engage in critical thinking about cutting-edge issues in gender and leadership and seeks to produce lawyers of any gender, who are aware of the barriers that face women seeking positions of leadership in society and who will actively promote women in these roles.