2018 Recipients

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) was held again at the University of Maryland, College Park from May 30 to June 2, 2018. This annual leadership conference has a rich 30-year history, this year attracting more than 700 women from around the world.

The UMBrella Group gave scholarships to two students to attend the conference, where they could attend workshops, meet trailblazing women from around the world, and network with other young university women. 

2018 Winners
Rebecca Fenderson

Rebecca Fenderson
School of Medicine

Class of 2021

“Between the inspirational keynote speakers, the numerous workshops to choose from, and the tremendous amount of energy from the 700-plus attendees, there wasn’t a moment where I didn’t feel empowered and supported.”

Read Rebecca Fenderson's full reflection

Zoraida Younger

Zoraida Younger
School of Social Work
Class of 2019

"This conference was a call to action for taking leadership in my community and university and for taking my career to the next level. It was so inspiring to be surrounded by women leading in companies, movements, and politics throughout the world.” 

Read Zoraida Younger's full reflection

ACUI Women’s Leadership Institute

The UMBrella Group at UMB sponsors scholarships for two UMB staff to attend the annual ACUI Women’s Leadership Institute.

The Women’s Leadership Institute hosted by ACUI is the premier program for university women of all ages to come together to learn and network with one another, form a stronger community in college and university environments, and become empowered to pursue higher-level positions within their respective fields. The program is held at a resort-style location to maximize learning and minimize distractions, and is designed for women who aspire to new leadership positions on campus. The institute features a curriculum with an overall focus on building the next generation of leaders in higher education administration and student affairs.

The program brings together administrators from several university functions to help:

  • Hone leadership skills in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Develop a better understanding of the university as a workplace and culture.
  • Share experiences with others about how universities are adapting and adjusting to the new reality.
  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap into the higher education community.

This year’s institute takes place December 9-12, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

Click here for more information.  Stay tuned for the call for scholarship applications this summer.

Take a look at what past scholarship recipients said about their experience at the institute.

Lauren Levy, JD, MPH

Lauren Levy smallLauren Levy, JD, MPH, is the Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she provides strategic direction and operational management for a nationally ranked health law specialty program. Prior to this role, she held a faculty appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. A UMB employee since 2004, Ms. Levy completed her Juris Doctor degree at the School of Law in 2011.

Read Lauren Levy's Reflection here

Michelle Peralta, RYT-200

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Michelle Peralta, RYT-200 is the Health Educator for UMB’s Wellness Hub. She has a key leadership role in developing and directing strategic wellness initiatives on campus to improve the quality of student health on campus. She builds a culture of wellness through the Kindness Initiative, Drop-in Meditations, Walk with a Future Doctor, and other initiatives with the support of her Wellness Fellows. Michelle has developed health campaigns on mental health, drug prevention, stress management, and sexual assault prevention with multiple partners on campus. She presents wellness workshops to the UMB students, faculty and staff. Her interests include stress management in school and the workplace, mind-body techniques, mindfulness, meditation and yoga.

Prior to her position as Health and Wellness Educator, Michelle worked with the Center for Integrative Medicine, part of University of Maryland School of Medicine and various non-profits in Philadelphia providing education on health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.

Michelle completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Temple University and is completing her Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community and Population Health.  Additionally, she is taking the Integrative Health and Wellness certificate in the Graduate School. She seeks to empower people with creative solutions for behavior and lifestyle change. 

Read Michelle Peralta's Reflection here.