Symposium and White Paper Project

The President’s Symposium and White Paper Project is an interprofessional initiative that engages faculty, staff, and students from all of the University of Maryland, Baltimore's schools and academic programs in a yearlong conversation on a topic that is of interest and importance to the University and its community.

The symposium is a joint initiative of the President’s Office and the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives.

2018-2019 Topic

During the 2018-2019 academic year we will explore a phenomenon that is both pervasive and controversial – Gun Violence. Specifically, the Speakers Series and the White Paper will examine UMB’s role as an anchor institution in addressing gun violence through education, research, clinical care, and service; while exploring the root causes of gun violence and using an interdisciplinary lens to examine the impact of trauma on communities.

What is the role of the President's Fellows?

The President's Fellows will conduct an environmental scan; research best practices; issue and analyze a student survey on global literacy; author a white paper; and present recommendations to the University community. This year's President's Fellows will be asked to answer the following:

  • Examine UMB’s role as an anchor institution in addressing gun violence through education, research, clinical care, and service
  • Explore the root causes of gun violence
  • Use an interdisciplinary lens to examine the impact of trauma on communities.

Past President's Symposium Topics

2017-2018 Topic: Global Literacy

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore will discuss the best ways for the University to prepare students to be globally literate professionals. Global Literacy is an understanding of how the world is organized and interconnected and the possibilities and constraints facing its peoples. Globally literate students analyze and think critically about the world and their roles in it. They understand and appreciate global systems, circumstances, and relationships that influence peoples’ lives. Globally literate students are empowered to effect positive change in an increasingly interconnected world.

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2016-2017 Topic: Entrepreneurial Exploration

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore examined the best ways for the University to prepare students for entrepreneurial careers — with an emphasis on technology transfer and social entrepreneurship.

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2015-2016 Topic: Cultural Competence

We spent the 2015-2016 President’s Symposium and White Paper Project discussing Cultural Competence. The President's Fellows did an exceptional job conducting an environmental scan of UMB and identifying strategies for improvement.

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2014-2015 Topic: Community Engagement

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore examinined ways to better work with constituents and create community-based engagement partnerships. The President’s Fellows provided UMB senior leadership with an implementation strategy that defined and synthesized the UMB students’ vision of a University-based community engagement center.

This topic was a joint partnership between the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives and the Center for Community-Based Engagement & Learning.

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2013-2014 Topic: Interprofessional Education (IPE)

In the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore engaged in a thoughtful conversation about Interprofessional Education as it relates to the professional schools and students on our campus. During the course of the year, we explored how to integrate Interprofessional Education into our curricula and/or co-curricular activities. 

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2012-2013 Topic: Civility

The 2012-2013 topic aimed to answer the following question: How can the University instill civility as a core instructional value in educating health, legal, and human services professionals? The President's Fellows presented their findings on on April 3, 2013. 

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2011-2012 Topic: Urban Renewal

The 2011-2012 President’s Symposium was effective in bringing to life the president’s vision for interprofessional collaboration at the University of Maryland and, in the process, leveraged the institution’s unique portfolio of disciplines to position the University as a thought leader on important contemporary issues. Click below to view the 2011-2012 President’s Symposium and White Paper Project on Urban Renewal.

The inaugural President’s Symposium launched at the 2011 Welcome Week Academic Seminar. The topic of examination was urban renewal. This symposium featured experts from the University of Pennsylvania and officials from the City of Baltimore. In addition to the Speakers Series, an interdisciplinary team of six students prepared and presented a white paper on the topic for dissemination within and outside of the University.

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6Sep
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm A More than 38,000 people die from gun violence in the United States each year. Dr. Cassandra Crifasi will share evidence-based policies that can reduce the burden of multiple forms of gun violence.
1Nov
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm B Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris will discuss the concept that whether in the hands of civilians (legally or illegally) or carried by police officers/law enforcement, guns can be viewed as hazards.
14Mar
4:00 PM | SMC Campus Center, Elm B Dr. Jonathan M. Metzl of Vanderbilt University will discuss mass shootings and their relationship to national cultural stereotypes.