Speaker Series

2018-2019 Topic: Gun Violence

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.

Upcoming Speakers

Past 2016-2017 Speakers

2017-2018 Speakers: Global Literacy

Dawn Whitehead, PhD
Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change for the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons
The Association of American Colleges & Universities
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Global Learning: Moving from an Option to a Priority in Today’s Interconnected World

The world is more globally connected than it has ever been, and students are expected to be prepared to interact, engage, and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds whether they leave their home state or not. In preparation for life, work, and citizenship, students must have opportunities to obtain and practice these skills related to global competency. In this presentation, Dr. Whitehead made the case for global learning for all. She clearly articulated why all students must have access to globally-focused curricular and co-curricular experiences regardless of discipline of study, major, or profession. She shared examples from employers, accreditors, institutions, and local and global communities that highlight why global competency is critical for today’s graduates as they enter their professions and evolve as leaders in their communities.

Shannon Márquez, PhD
Vice Provost
Clinical Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
Drexel University

What does global literacy/global education look like at the professional level?

Dr. Márquez shared the role of global literacy in education and provided real-life examples of global literacy at the professional level. Additional information was provided on integrating global experiences into the curriculum; creating long-lasting funding sources; connecting local to global experiences; and providing robust training prior to engagement.

Louis N. Hunter, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor
Director, Experiential Learning and Global Initiatives
Department of Physical Therapy in the Jefferson College of Health Professions
Thomas Jefferson University

Implementing Global Health Curricular and Co-Curricular Opportunities within a Graduate Healthcare Professional Program

This presentation covered global health education within the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  It addressed the need for implementing global health education within the Jefferson DPT program from various stakeholder perspectives.  Additionally, it  also covered the following: global health education that is relevant to DPT students as well as other healthcare professionals; process of integrating global health education within a graduate healthcare professional program; development of local and global co-curricular opportunities to apply global health education; progress and challenges of implementing global health education into a healthcare professional program; and emerging interprofessional global health initiatives at the college and university level that support a program.

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH
Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth

Accelerating Praxis: Your Role in the Global Health Equity Movement Today

Dr. Michelle Morse discussed the social and economic forces at the root cause of health inequities throughout the world. These inequities drive morbidity and mortality in tragically predictable ways that preferentially afflict the poor and marginalized. They are perpetuated by racism, sexism, economic policy prioritizing productivity and profit, and disregard for historical injustices. We can and must take action to address these root causes of ill health that we as a society have created and sustained.  The discussion focused on why and how attendees can engage in the movement to achieve global health equity.

Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, Ph.D.
Intercultural Communications facilitator, Personal Leadership
Adjunct professor Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Interacting and Engaging with Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds

Dr. Medina-López-Portillo discussed key global competency skills needed for engaging actively and responsibly with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The President's Fellows
Wesley Chan (SOM), Saniya Chaudhry (SOP), Molly Crothers (SON), Rhiya Dave (SOM – MPH), Alexandra Huss (SSW), Esther Kimani (SOP), Nana Akua Tufuoh (SOL), Sheridan Todd Yeary (SOL)

Global Literacy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

The President's Fellows revealed their research and recommendations related to UMB's responsibility to educate globally literate students. There recommendations range from establishing a global honor society on campus to offering language courses to developing in-person and online pre-departure training courses focused on cultural responsiveness, teamwork, and community engagement principles. 

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2016-2017 Speakers: Entrepreneurial Exploration

Dean Chang, PhD, MBA
Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland, College Park
Wednesday, Sept. 7

Entrepreneurship: Yesterday’s alternative career path, tomorrow’s de facto career path
Dr. Dean Chang, conducted the first of five President's Symposium lectures on Entrepreneurship. This talk delved into innovation and entrepreneurship as a set of tools and a mindset that can be applied to solving tough challenges in small companies, large companies, nonprofits, the public sector, and anywhere else. Dr. Chang expanded upon entrepreneurship as more than an alternative career path into the world of startup companies.

Michelle Geiss
Co-Founder and Executive Director for Impact Hub Baltimore
Monday, Oct. 24

Designing for Civic Innovation
Ms. Geiss discussed her professional journey from developing global health programs to designing collective impact strategies in Baltimore to starting up a co-working space to catalyze civic innovation. This participatory session provided an opportunity to learn lessons from the front line of social enterprise and generate new ideas for making real and lasting change. Participants left with a greater understanding of the core beliefs and practices underlying Baltimore's movement to create a more equitable and innovative city.

Executive-in-Residence for Finance, University of Baltimore
Thursday, Nov. 17

Who Buys, Why Do They Buy, and How Much Will They Pay?
Whether you are starting a lifestyle business, a small firm, or the next Under Armour, you need to know how to finance it.  Where does the money come from, and why?  How do you find it, or how does it find you? Mr. Weiss tackled these three simple questions mentioned in the title of this talk and why they are important and so hard to answer.

Suzanne Sysko Clough, MD
Co-founder and former Chief Medical Officer of WellDoc
Thursday, Feb. 9

The Need for an Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Graduate Studies Programs
The focused teaching of a robust entrepreneurship curriculum in graduate and professional studies has historically been limited to graduate programs of entrepreneurship. In her discussion, Dr. Clough will provide a vantage point as to why teaching entrepreneurship should be a staple in all graduate studies programs, especially those in the life sciences.

Jim Hughes, MBA
Vice President, for Enterprise and Economic Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Thursday, March 9

UMB’s Entrepreneurial Future
The University System of Maryland is launching a $10 million Early Stage Investment Fund and the state of Maryland is slated to invest $4 million in UMB to accelerate entrepreneurship and create jobs in Baltimore City. Jim Hughes, VP, Enterprise and Economic Development at UMB, shared preliminary plans to capitalize on this funding, including entrepreneurial fellowships, intramural grants, equity investments, and space for UMB startups in a new student-focused innovation center at the University of Maryland BioPark. Mr. Hughes was joined by Rana Quarashi, PhD, director, New Ventures and Daryll Carter, MD, a UM Ventures Entrepreneur in Residence who shared case studies of recent entrepreneurial projects by UMB students.

The Fellows Findings
Benjamin Portney, Graduate School, Chinonye “Donna” Egbulem, Camilo Vanegas & Anna Hung
Monday, April 3

Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB
Through interviews, research, and hands-on experience, four students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore explored the importance and current state of entrepreneurship at UMB.