About DAC

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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.  

The DAC will seek to fulfill its mission through the following goals:

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

• Recommend opportunities to improve standards, practices, and procedures to create a University culture of inclusion and equity.

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

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

Goals for 2019-2010

  • LIST GOALS HERE for 2019-2010 here

Accomplishments

  • LIST ACCOMPLISHMENTS HERE

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 design a plan for the implementation and execution of this statement within their respective schools.
  2. Guide the Center for Interprofessional Education 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.