Following the tragic murder of Second Lt. Richard Collins III on our campus last May, the University of Maryland is planning a year of campus-wide actions, dialogues and healing that will involve our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We aim to come together as a campus community to reaffirm our core values of diversity, inclusion, respect and civil discourse. This website brings together news and resources on our efforts.
LATEST UPDATE / February 6, 2018
The University of Maryland will celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass with several events planned for 2018. On February 5, the university will kick off Douglass 200, a year-long initiative to commemorate the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’ birth, with a public lecture on his life and legacy. Presented by David W. Blight, distinguished professor of American History at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, “My Voice, My Pen, My Vote: Frederick Douglass-- Legacies in Our Own Time” will explore the many ways that the life and work of Douglass still remains vital in modern American society. Read more here.
January 29, 2018
Today, we are launching an important initiative that provides every member of our campus community an opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion at UMD. As we work to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus for all, the university has undertaken a campus-wide action plan that calls on faculty, staff and students to join in these efforts. A key element of this approach is to more fully understand the views of our community through the results of a campus climate study. The University of Maryland Campus Climate Survey, led by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, will help inform and shape policies and practices that promote a safer and more welcoming campus. The confidential survey will be available beginning Monday, January 29 until Wednesday, February 28. Take the survey here.
January 25, 2018
The University of Maryland will assemble a group of nationally recognized scholars and practitioners on diversity and inclusion in higher education on January 30 through February 1, 2018. The meeting will feature discussions on some of the most challenging issues in higher education, including the resurgence of white supremacy and anti-semitism on college and university campuses; sexual harassment and violence; student activism, protests, and demonstrations; free speech and freedom of expression; and broadening concerns about campus climate and safety.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, professor of psychology at Georgetown University and author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America and other works, will be the opening keynote speaker for the summit. Dr. Brittney Cooper, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective blog, and media commentator, will serve as the closing keynote speaker.
The keynote presentations are open to the public and other sessions are by invitation only. The three-day convening will be held at The Hotel at UMD in College Park, Maryland, located outside of Washington, DC.
“College campuses are under threat due to significant shifts in the power structures of major American governmental institutions, making our work more urgent and important,” said Professor Roger L. Worthington, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Chief Diversity Officer at UMD.
“One purpose of the Summit, which assembles leaders in the field, will be to outline issues and trends that will define the Center’s national research agenda toward improving inclusive excellence and equity in higher education,” said CDIHE Director Candace M. Moore.
“Our work will set an agenda for the future of higher education in the face of threats to our fundamental missions as educational institutions,” said Dr. Worthington.
For more information regarding the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education’s Thought Leaders Summit, visit https://go.umd.edu/tls2018. To RSVP, contact Audrey Hill at email@example.com or 301.405.3468.
The Thought Leaders Summit is organized by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE), which is housed in the UMD College of Education, and co-sponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Established in 2017 at the UMD College of Education, the CDIHE is a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities across the country and abroad on critical issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice in higher education.
Notable participants planning to be in attendance at the Summit include the following:
January 18, 2018
A Unity Mural, created collaboratively by the University of Maryland and Bowie State University, will be displayed at the Maryland House of Delegates, in the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The Maryland House of Delegates is one of many temporary locations across Prince George's County that will display the artwork until it finds a permanent home at each institution.
To visually illustrate peace, justice and unity, students and faculty from UMD and BSU contributed their artistic talents to design and paint a unity mural at UMD's NextNOW Fest in September 2017. The collaboration presented an opportunity for students to spark a dialogue and call to action for both university communities.
The Unity Mural consists of four brightly colored canvas panels, featuring symbols such as the sun and sky, hands, vines and doves interspersed with powerful words and text. Two panels will be installed at each university to help foster community building and healing through art and creative expression.
December 20, 2017
In memory of 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins, III, a Bowie State University student who was senselessly murdered on UMD’s campus last May, his parents Richard W. Collins, Jr. and Dawn M. Collins received a posthumous Bachelor of Humane Letters on behalf of their son. In addition, commencement speaker Congressman Elijah E. Cummings received an honorary Doctor of Public Service in recognition of his distinguished public career of uplifting and empowering the community he serves and championing greater access to education, housing, health care, jobs, and a better future for all Americans. Skip to 1:23:26 below.
December 12, 2017
Dear Campus Community,
As we reach the end of the semester, I want to provide an update on the work we have been doing to create an inclusive, safe and welcoming campus. There are many challenges ahead of us and we are working on these issues from every angle:
These are university-wide efforts that require collaborative partnerships, working together toward common ground and the greater good. In the context of the current national climate and the challenges we face in terms of hate, bias, inequities and discrimination, it is imperative that we work together toward unity, respect and inclusion.
Trainings, Policies, and Administration
In partnership with President Loh and Provost Rankin, we have asked senior administrators (vice presidents, associate provosts, deans, department chairs and directors) to participate in workshops offered by the Anti-Defamation League designed to equip them with awareness and capabilities to effectively deal with hate and bias on our campus.
President Loh has announced his commitment to restructure the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), committing additional resources for making the office central to the operations of the university and to raise and enhance its impact and visibility.
Student Engagement, Hate-Bias Response Team, and Survey
As CDO, I have established a UMD Student Leadership Council for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. A group of student leaders met with me in November for the first time to focus on ideas for specific, student-led initiatives that will benefit our campus. The central focus of our initial strategic action planning session included discussion on four major themes: (1) enhanced cultural competencies training for faculty, staff and students; (2) improving hate-bias reporting and responses on campus; (3) improvements of cultural spaces for students; and (4) the need for increased faculty diversity on campus. Additional meetings of this group will be scheduled in the spring.
In November, we announced a new protocol for responding to hate-bias incidents on our campus. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) will take reports of hate-bias incidents and conduct investigations. In partnership with UMPD, OCRSM and others, ODI will also form a specially-trained, rapid response team for hate-bias incidents to focus on prevention, training, education, support and response when such incidents are reported in our community. The work of the rapid response team will be facilitated by the hate-bias response coordinator (a newly created position in ODI). To increase transparency and awareness, we are collecting and reporting information about reported hate-bias incidents on campus.
Supporting and building upon the work of the Thriving Workplace Initiative, ODI is also working with an outside consultant, Dr. Jennifer Hubbard, who is planning a university-wide study to evaluate issues of equity, inclusion and diversity in greater detail. The UMD Campus Climate Study will launch after the spring semester begins in January. Findings from the study will result in specific recommendations for how the campus climate for equity, diversity and inclusion can be improved at UMD and will inform the work of the Joint Task Force.
The Joint President/Senate Task Force on Inclusion & Respect
The Joint Task Force was appointed and charged in August and has been meeting throughout the fall semester to tackle issues related to five central topics: (1) Hate-Bias; (2) Campus Climate Issues; (2) Hate Speech and Free Speech; (4) Policies and Procedures; (5) Education and Training. Each subcommittee of the task force has held forums and engaged students, faculty and staff to obtain their feedback on recommendations for improving these critical aspects of our campus.
Education Requirements and Raising Awareness
The Provost’s leadership team is working with the appropriate Senate committee to review the general education requirement on diversity and cultural competence to assess the need for improvements. ODI is also working with Dr. Kim Nickerson (BSOS) to develop Black History and the University of Maryland: A Campus Landmark Walking Tour, which will help raise awareness about our complicated and difficult racial history as an institution.
We continue to prioritize safety for all members of our community. According to a recent letter Chief Mitchell wrote to the campus community, UMPD completed a Fair and Impartial Policing training for all sworn officers earlier this year. To enhance security, UMPD has added approximately 20 new cameras to the more than 400 already monitoring our campus and community 24 hours a day.
Our values seek to promote an inclusive campus that reflects equity, nondiscrimination and respect in ways that are incompatible with hate and bias enacted toward members of our community through acts of harassment or intimidation. We are seeking a response from our entire community that will help us communicate those values on our campus and to the world.
There is no place for hate and bias acts on our campus. Period. It is impossible to guarantee that such incidents will never take place, but we can take critical steps toward prevention.
Every department and person across the UMD campus plays a role to help underscore the deep commitment to safety and inclusion that we share as a community. Thank you to all faculty, staff, students and alumni who are working toward a campus that embraces our core values of unity and respect. Our work continues.
On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, I wish you a safe and peaceful winter break.
Roger L. Worthington
Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
November 30, 2017
Dear Campus Community:
As we near the halfway point in the academic year, I want to call your attention to safety resources available to our community and restate our unwavering commitment to campus safety.
In addition to the 85 University Police Officers protecting and serving the campus and the City of College Park, our Student Police Auxiliary (SPA) patrols campus and the City of College Park, in addition to staffing the gatehouses at night. We have more than 400 cameras in our community that are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the addition of approximately 20 cameras in 2017.
This year, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) completed Fair and Impartial Policing training for all sworn officers. We have offered a reward for information leading to the identification of the individual(s) responsible for recent hate bias incidents at Ellicott Dining Hall, and we continue to encourage the community to contact us when witnessing incidents of hate in our community. We also launched Safe Terp Trade Zone, a safe space for buyers and sellers to complete online transactions in person at our Police Station.
I encourage you to download the UMD Guardian Safety App if you have not already done so. This can serve as a virtual walking escort service, automatically contacting UMPD if you do not arrive at your expected destination. In addition to DOTS Nite Ride, we offer a 24/hour walking escort service upon request for on or around campus by calling 301-405-3555.
In recent years, we added an Explosives Detection K9 unit, an Information Analysis Unit for online investigative support, gunshot location detection technology, and Automated License Plate Readers. We also expanded our concurrent jurisdiction into the surrounding community to better serve and protect the University community and surrounding areas. As always, we ask that you register your cell phone with UMD alerts by visiting https://www.alert.umd.edu/
As a university, we continuously invest in enhanced safety measures, and we want each of you to be aware of the many resources working to keep our community safe.
November 27, 2017
The University of Maryland announced a new hate-bias incident response protocol that will ensure a coordinated response, provide support to impacted community members and ensure transparency with the campus community. In addition to the new protocol, the university’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will be hiring a Hate-Bias Response Coordinator to assist with these efforts as part of UMD’s ongoing efforts to combat hate and create a safer campus.
Under the protocol, community members can report hate-bias incidents to the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) or the university’s Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM). Once the incident report is reviewed, the offices inform one another and consult with relevant campus administrators regarding necessary and appropriate action. To ensure transparency for all hate-bias incidents on campus, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in the future will maintain a log of incidents that will be updated as reports are received. A system for notifying the broader campus community is in the final stages of development and will be announced in the coming weeks.
The full protocol can be found here.
November 22, 2017
Maryland Dialogues on Diversity & Community invites you to celebrate the winners of this year’s Express Yourself! Race & Racism student expression contest. Students will present their winning submissions. Enjoy pizza and refreshments and learn about the 2018 competition.
November 20, 2017
Hate and bias are persistent global problems. What does it look like to engage in courageous conversations that speak to these difficult realities across personal, political, and historical frames? This year’s College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) Dean’s Lecture Series (DLS) is an opportunity for the campus to join together for provocative conversations about these issues across disciplines.
Wilson, an award-winning slam poet and social justice advocate who skyrocketed to social media fame after posting beliefs about hate and bias, will discuss his experience as a black man who went undercover in 'alt-right' social media communities.
Admission is free, but tickets are required.
For ticketing and additional information, visit The Clarice online.
Follow the conversation across social media platforms using hashtag #ARHUDLS.
Mr. Wilson will also be presenting a poetry and creative writing workshop prior to the lecture from 3:30-4:30pm in the Faculty/Staff Lounge of The Clarice Performing Arts Center (located above Applause Cafe at the top of the grand staircase). In this workshop Mr. Wilson will take students through writing prompts for developing their own poetry on a social justice issue. This workshop is open to all students on campus but limited space is available. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the workshop.
November 16, 2017
The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland announces the “2017-18 Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias.” Featuring Theo Wilson, Bobby Seale and Mara Liasson, this year’s speakers consider what it means to engage in courageous conversations that speak to the difficult issues of hate and bias across personal, political and historical frames. Each lecture is an opportunity for the campus and the UMD community to join together for provocative conversations about resisting these issues.
Award-winning slam poet and social justice advocate who skyrocketed to social media fame after posting beliefs about hate and bias will discuss his experience as a black man who went undercover in alt-right social media communities.
Famed author and founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party will present “Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump,” which will be followed by a book signing and reception.
In collaboration with the Departments of History and African American Studies and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded African American History, Culture And Digital Humanities Initiative.
Award-winning journalist and NPR political correspondent with over 30 years of experience reporting on the White House and Congress will present “The Political Landscape: Dealing with Hate and Bias in Washington.”
In collaboration with the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
For free tickets or more information call 301.405.ARTS.
The Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates.
November 15, 2017
Nigerian-American actress, comedienne and writer Yvonne Orji, known for her role in HBO’s “Insecure,” will feature as the keynote speaker of SEE’s Hear the Turtle.
Hear the Turtle aims to shed light on combating hate and start a conversation about promoting diversity on campus. The event will feature a moderated conversation with Yvonne Orji, followed by a roundtable conversation featuring student speakers and an audience Q&A.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. The event is open to the UMD community and the public with free tickets available at the Stamp Ticket Office starting November 9 at 12 p.m. Limited amount of tickets available to general public. UMD community must present valid UMD ID at the door. Must have ticket to enter.
This event is sponsored by the Black Alliance Network (BAN).
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Hoff Theater
November 14, 2017
The UMD Libraries Special Collections and University Archives would like to invite you to join us for a Fall Open House.
We hope to engage with the UMD community in conversations surrounding social justice issues. Our curators will display items from our collections that help us understand historical movements around social justice issues related to the environment, civil rights, health care, women’s rights, LGBTQ+, and students' rights.
Join us for food and conversation Thursday, November 16th from 3-5 p.m. on the 4th floor of Hornbake Library North.
November 13, 2017
Come and join in a conversation with a senior administrator at the forefront of diversity and inclusion efforts on the University of Maryland campus. Roger Worthington assumed the Chief Diversity Officer role this past summer and, among other efforts, has reached out to numerous communities, seeking perspectives and sharing thoughts on the current state of diversity and inclusion on the campus.
Dr. Worthington will share some impressions from his conversations to date. Members of the Community of Practice and Student Affairs staff will have the opportunity to share thinking with him and confer with each other on the state of the campus, our assets and challenges going forward.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Charles Carroll Room
This event is sponsored by the Student Affairs Diversity Initiative.
November 7, 2017
As the University of Maryland continues its work to combat hate and create a safer campus, members of the UMD community reflected on these fraught times in our country and community.
People from across the spectrum of our community—faculty, staff, students and alumni—provided their thoughts on hate in America and on college campuses, and how institutions and individuals can find a path forward.
This video highlights thoughts from three participants, including Tamara Adams, UMD student and president of the Black Student Union; Jennifer Roberts, assistant professor of kinesiology in the School of Public Health; and Tarif Shraim, UMD’s Muslim chaplain.
November 1, 2017
The Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force has developed several working groups to tackle major elements of its charge. The Free Speech/Hate Speech working group is hosting an open discussion on the difficult intersections between free speech and hate speech on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 5 - 6:30pm in 6137 McKeldin Library. Members of the working group will briefly describe the legal framework and then hold a collaborative discussion on how best to address free speech and hate speech at the university.
October 31, 2017
This year's "Yes, We Still Can" Conference on Diversity & Inclusion in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is designed to promote immediate collaboration and activity in response to recent social and political events directly impacting diversity and inclusion policies, practices, and services for professionals, institutions, and the public.
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McKeldin Library, Special Events Room, 6th Floor
Register and learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
October 30, 2017
CommUMDiversity Expo is a new annual event of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union that seeks to introduce and showcase diversity related efforts and programs of UMD offices to students and others in our community. In addition to table displays, there will be film screenings and the presentation of a webinar.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1st Floor, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
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Past First Year Books include Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney and Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. For more information about the First Year Book, visit fyb.umd.edu.
September 19, 2017
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September 14, 2017
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and the University Senate Chair Daniel Falvey have appointed 18 members of the university community to the newly formed Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force. The task force is comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and alumni; and will be co-chaired by Warren Kelley, assistant vice president, Division of Student Affairs; Lucy Dalglish, dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism; and Ja'Nya Banks, Student Government Association diversity and inclusion director.
As part of the university's action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus, President Loh and the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) have charged the task force to consider how to best nurture a climate that is respectful and inclusive of all members of our campus community, stands against hate and reaffirms the values that define us as a university.
“The work of this task force could not be more important. We need to be certain we are doing everything we can to build inclusion and mutual respect on our campus,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “The key word in the task force name is ‘joint.’ This is something we must do together as a community.”
“We have brought together a group of talented students, faculty, staff and alumni who are passionate and committed to advancing UMD’s efforts on diversity, inclusion and respect,” said Daniel Falvey, chair, University Senate. “Our partnership with the President’s Office on this initiative provides an opportunity for the various constituencies on our campus to be engaged in the process and ensures that the task force will have the support and authority to recommend measures that will chart a path towards a campus culture intolerant of hate.”
The task force will collect input from and engage the entire campus community on the current campus climate; difficult issues at the intersections of free speech, hate speech, and freedom of association; and experiences of members of the campus community.
The task force has been charged with reviewing and assessing current UMD policies and procedures; responses to past reports of hate and bias incidents; current resources, programs and outreach efforts; cultural competency initiatives and trainings; relevant research; best practices at peer institutions; and higher education professional association guidance.
President Loh and the SEC have also asked the task force to consider how to evaluate the needs of underrepresented groups and assess the efficacy of efforts to address those needs; how best to differentiate between free speech and hate speech in university policies and procedures; and how appropriate communication and public awareness efforts should be used to promote a more inclusive campus climate.
In addition, the task force will develop strategies for fostering a campus environment that is intolerant of hate, bias, and racism; and a statement on the university’s core values and consider how those values are instilled in students, faculty and staff.
The task force’s full charge can be viewed here.
Members of the task force include:
September 7, 2017
Dear University of Maryland community:
I am writing to you as the new Interim Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), a role that I accepted on July 6, 2017. It is hard to imagine that two full months have passed. Today, I want to offer you my vision and the start of our action plan for the campus moving forward.
Just six weeks before I became CDO, 2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins III was murdered on our campus. We suffered grief, fear, and anger—and greater determination to see change. His death shook me; it was a turning point for me. A couple of weeks later, when President Loh and Provost Rankin asked me to step into this role, I sat quietly in contemplation near the bus stop where he was murdered, and I knew that my answer had to be "yes." Each time I have passed that space on our campus I think about his family—their loss, their pain, their grief. Although I have experienced my own personal loss, pain, and grief, I cannot know, I can only imagine, what the past three months have been like for them. I have a tremendous amount of sensitivity to keep his family and their wishes at the forefront of everything we do in his name, especially as we think about and plan memorial events and spaces on our campus. In everything we do, we must place their wishes first.
Then, only three weeks ago, the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville community, and the entire nation were confronted by another murder in the midst of a White supremacist rally. Although such blatant White supremacist rallies have not taken place on our campus, other racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, misogynistic hate incidents have occurred here in the recent past. Sadly, according to national experts, more cowardly forms of hate and bias incidents will likely happen on campuses all across the country—including our own.
We must now work together as a community—students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members—to increase respect, inclusiveness, and cohesiveness on our campus. Together we must work to fight against hate and bigotry on our campus and more broadly in society. Our success will depend on how well we work together as partners in this work.
September 1, 2017
August 29, 2017
Dear University of Maryland community,
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and new Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)
Professor Roger Worthington, a noted scholar and seasoned practitioner of diversity and inclusion, will orchestrate many of these efforts. He and others have taken, or are working on, these actions:
Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct
On a regular basis, this office will collect and publish information on all hate-bias incidents on campus. Together with the campus climate surveys, this will help us identify the scope of the problems and assess the effectiveness of our preventative actions.
President 's and University Senate 's Joint Task Force on Inclusion and Respect
Co-chaired by Lucy Dalglish (Dean, Merrill College of Journalism), Warren Kelley (Assistant VP for Student Affairs) , and Ja'Nya Banks (Student Government Association diversity chair ), this group of 18 faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and alumni is charged with conducting a review of all relevant institutional policies, procedures, and practices with the goal of shaping a culture that is more inclusive and respectful of all persons.
The Joint Task Force will review relevant policies, including the Code of Student Conduct, to recommend whether stronger sanctions are appropriate when wrongful conduct is motivated by hate or bias. It will also review courses and training on cultural competency, and consider what improvements are needed.
One of the most vexing issues for the Joint Task Force to consider is whether and how to draw the line between free speech and hate speech on campus. The First Amendment protects speech we abhor in order to safeguard speech we cherish. Unfettered expression is essential to academic freedom and a democratic society.
Yet "fighting words" are not constitutionally protected. Can we better identify for our community the threshold where despicable views go too far? When do words create a hostile environment? When does the injury they inflict become intolerable? What are ways of supporting members of our community whose identity and dignity are demeaned, and their role in society marginalized by hateful speech?
Most peer institutions are wrestling with the same issues. Their experiences and best practices can inform our campus' discussions and actions. External expert consultants can be called upon to assist, as needed.
The Joint Task Force should hold public forums to seek input from the campus community and encourage public discussions. As its work progresses, it should provide updates to the Senate in open meetings. The Task Force will submit its final report by March 30, 2018.
To combat hate and create a safer campus, the Athletics Council (comprised of faculty, staff, and students) reviewed the fan conduct code and the prohibited items policy at UMD athletic venues. It recommended expanding the prohibited list of symbols that incite or intimidate others to include swastikas and nooses, with sanctions for violating the policy.
I have asked the University Senate that an appropriate committee consider extending a similar ban on the iconography of terror and hate to all other venues on campus.
University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD)
This year, UMPD completed mandatory training in implicit racial bias for the entire force of 100+ sworn officers.
UMPD has installed additional surveillance cameras in and around campus buildings where racist flyers were posted last year by unknown persons. They escaped detection on the video footage. We denounced these flyers, as did many others on campus.
Last spring, the discovery of a noose in a fraternity house provoked campus-wide outrage. There was widespread condemnation of this act of hate. UMD offered a reward for information that would identify the perpetrator(s) and provided support for the targeted victim. UMPD detectives have spent over 5 00 hours investigating this act of intimidation to identify the perpetrator(s).
Last week, UMPD announced that it has referred "a person of interest" to campus officials for disciplinary review.
UMPD is working with the Maryland State Police, the Prince George' s County Police, and the police departments of other USM schools to coordinate plans to ensure public safety should there be outsider protests on or near the campus.
Office of the Provost
Meaningful conversations can change institutional culture. The Provost, the CDO and the VP for Student Affairs will continue the Dialogues they launched last year. Prominent speakers came to campus for discussions on race, identity, and social justice. There were some 200 organized conversations throughout the campus. Faculty and staff led large numbers of our students to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture so they could learn from the exhibits.
This summer, Undergraduate Studies hosted faculty and staff discussions, "Solutions in Action: Countering Divisiveness." About one hundred people attended each session. Congressman Anthony Brown will lead "A Conversation on Race, Politics, and Reconciliation" on Thursday, August 31, 4 PM, at the Riggs Alumni Center. Congressman John Lewis will come in October. H is acclaimed March: Book 3 on the civil rights movement is the required first-year book. Other events will be announced later.
Inclusive excellence of students.
This year, we again have record diversity in the freshman class, including among historically underrepresented students. Graduation rates for all our students are in the upper tier of public flagship institutions. UMD is also one of a handful of institutions that produce the most African-American Ph.D.s in the nation.
Inclusive excellence of faculty.
The percentage of underrepresented faculty in the assistant professor ranks -- the level at which most are hired — ha s doubled in recent years.
The Provost and Deans of the various colleges have funded two new programs that started this fall. These programs advance diversity and inclusion in faculty research, teaching, and service. One is the President's Post-doctoral Fellowship. There are 6 Fellows (out of 72 applicants) from different academic disciplines and from across the country. The second program recruits distinguished senior professors, with the first two here in CMNS and ARHU.
These programs follow the implementation of two campus initiatives last year : (a) The establishment of the Judge Alex Williams Center for Education, Justice, and Ethics, led by this respected former Federal judge. (b) The funding to hire new faculty in the African-American Studies program.
General education requirements on diversity and cultural competence.
The Provost will work with the appropriate Senate committee to review these requirements to ascertain any needed improvements.
The large and dedicated staff in the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is on the front lines of strengthening a campus culture of inclusion and respect.
They train exempt, non-exempt, and student staff on issues of diversity and inclusion. They provide a staff coordinator for DACA and Dreamer students. They organized tomorrow's moment of reflection, jointly with their BSU colleagues. Maryland Chaplains hold vigils and interfaith service s for those grieving from acts of hate and violence. Counseling Center staff have special drop-in hours for those grieving.
UMD has declined to self-designate as a "sanctuary campus," but continues to provide undocumented students all the protections allowed by law.
Over the past 60-plus years, UMD has evolved from a segregated institution to one of the most diverse and pre-eminent public research universities in the nation.
Recently, we have taken actions to reflect a more inclusive campus history. We renamed the Sociology Building for Parren J. Mitchell, our first African-American graduate student, who earned a degree in sociology, and later served as a leader in Congress. We erected a statue of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the plaza of Hornbake Library. We changed the name of our stadium, but continue to recognize President Byrd's important contributions to the University's growth with a permanent exhibit in the library.
INSIGHT into Diversity (the main journal on this subject in higher education) and Essence magazine have recently recognized UMD for our efforts to advance diversity and inclusion. Th is reflects the progress of our journey, not the arrival at our destination.
In the past year, our world has changed dramatically. What we have done to date to advance diversity and inclusion is the beginning. We must do more and do better.
Unity in diversity
On the 241st year of our Republic, I draw inspiration from the motto inscribed in the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum -- out of many one; unity in pluralism.
America was once a microcosm of Europe. Today, it is becoming a microcosm of the world. We are evolving into a truly multiracial and multicultural democracy. Other nations are defined and bonded by a common race, or religion, or ethnic heritage, or language, or land. But America is defined by ideas. It is a state of mind, a matter of the heart, a bold experiment.
The preamble to the Constitution sets forth a vision and a road map. " We the people of the United States" embark on forming "a more perfect union," to "establish justice" and "secure the blessings of liberty." The ideal of equality and the sanctity of freedom are what hold us together as a people.
After all these years, we know that ours is an imperfect union, but we still strive to realize the vision of a nation that is truly "just" and "free" for all. My optimism for the future is rooted in the conviction that America, and UMD, are works in progress. Both have come a long way. Both have a long way to go. But I believe there is no other nation, and no other university, that holds greater promise.
This University is our University. We all belong here. Our diversity makes us richer. Our shared values -- the moral glue that bonds our diverse community -- makes us stronger. In tomorrow's moment of silence and reflection, we can begin to heal and move forward.
Let us be fearless as we build together a more diverse, inclusive, respectful, and just University of Maryland for all.
Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
August 21, 2017
As part of the University of Maryland's action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus, the university announced it would examine strengthening existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue. As a result of these efforts, the University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics made the following announcement last week:
August 17, 2017
August 17, 2017
This summer, the university hosted a brown-bag series for UMD faculty and staff titled “Solutions in Action: Counteracting Divisiveness.”
The University of Maryland has announced an initial action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus. This is just the beginning, and our action will continue.
Dear University of Maryland community,
We are thinking about you all and hope that you are taking the time you need to care for yourself and each other. Tomorrow Tuesday, June 20th, will mark one month since Lieutenant Collins’ murder. To honor Lt. Collins and in recognition of this passing of time, we offer these opportunities of remembrance. Please help us spread the word.
June 8, 2017
The University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors – proud alumni and donors – represent the interests of alumni within the University, and act as ambassadors to the greater UMD community and beyond. We remain deeply saddened by the killing of Second Lt. Richard Collins III. We are also saddened by other events on the campus in the recent past that have sought to cause division and fear among members of our campus community. These acts are all senseless and must be a call to action.
We support President Loh’s efforts to successfully address these mounting concerns and we will work tirelessly to ensure the University of Maryland continues to be an institution that welcomes and celebrates respect for all.
The University of Maryland is an institution of learning that is enriched by its inclusion and diversity. We are determined to be a part of the solution, in words and deeds, and stand with President Loh in the belief that "we all must fight racism, extremism, and hate." We call on all alumni, as well as other members of the campus community, to join us in this effort.
June 2, 2017
We, the Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, are UMD alumni, community members and donors. We serve and support the programs of the University and advance the interests of the members of our campus community – students, faculty, staff and our fellow alumni.
We collectively mourn the loss of Second Lt. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University who had just been commissioned in the U.S. Army and was within days of his graduation. It is a tragedy.
We also recognize that acts on campus have caused division and fear within our community with acts of hatred, bigotry and violence. They have left many wondering where free speech ends and hate speech begins. We denounce all acts that are intended to create emotional or physical harm to any individual or group.
This is a difficult time on many college campuses across the country. We are fearless in our determination to maintain the University of Maryland as an institution of higher education that welcomes, celebrates and respects diversity in all forms. We stand firm in our support of the actions proposed by President Loh in his letters to the community. And we as a Board are committed to creating a more inclusive and safer community for all.
--Signed by the Executive Committee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees on behalf of the full Board
June 1, 2017
Dear University of Maryland community,
Last week I announced actions to fight hate and create a safer campus. I said these actions are just the beginning.
The past week, members of the University leadership team and I have listened to concerns and thoughts from the campus community (faculty, staff, students, and alumni) as well as from members of the USM Board of Regents, Foundation Board of Trustees, Alumni Board of Governors, and our elected State and Federal officials. I appreciated receiving the petition of our Black Student Union.
After considering all this constructive input, I am announcing some further actions, with work on them to begin immediately:
1. We will implement a new "Pledge of Respect and Unity" for all UMD students, both returning and incoming. This pledge will reaffirm our core values of respect for human dignity, diversity, inclusion and academic freedom. We will organize events in the fall where students can take the pledge together and embed these values more fully in the UMD culture and mindset.
2. Working through UMD's shared governance processes, we will clarify our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias. We will carefully consider the enactment of stiffer sanctions when conduct is found to be motivated by hate or bias.
In the coming weeks, in consultation with the University Senate and student government, we will announce the chairs and members of the task force to carry out -- starting this summer -- a comprehensive review of UMD policies and procedures related to bias, hate, and campus safety in order to shape a culture that is more respectful and inclusive of all persons.
Meanwhile, our Police Department continues its active investigation of the hate symbol discovered in a fraternity house. They will announce the results of their investigation when it is completed.
There is much work ahead. Thank you to all the members of our community who have come forward to stand up for the values that are at the core of our University.
Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
May 29, 2017
May 24, 2017
Dear University of Maryland community,
As we grieve the loss of Lt. Richard Collins III of Bowie State University, we must also act to combat hate and create a safer campus.
The investigation and prosecution of this heinous crime is underway, led by the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, supported by the Prince George's County Police Department, the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We must allow these law enforcement agencies the time to do their work with due diligence.
But we must do more. Based on advice I have received from a broad coalition of campus partners, I am announcing the following University actions, effective immediately.
1. We have asked the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) to create a trained, rapid-response team for any hate-bias incident. This action team—comprised of faculty, staff, and students—would provide support and services to any member of our community who is the subject of a hate incident.
2. We will allocate $100,000 in supplemental funds for the ODI to support diversity and inclusion efforts that educate all members of our community.
3. We will task the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct to lead in the development and dissemination of an annual report on all hate-bias incidents on campus. This will provide information about incident rates and ongoing prevention, response and education measures.
4. We will ask the Athletic Council to immediately consider how to strengthen existing Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue, subject to immediate removal of the violator from that venue.
5. We will establish a task force on hate-bias and campus safety—comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to conduct a comprehensive review of all relevant university policies and procedures. This task force will submit a final report with recommendations and guidelines to foster an environment where hate is not tolerated.
This is the beginning. There will be more actions once the task force submits its final recommendations.
Today, UMD students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered for a moment of reflection to honor Lt. Collins and to draw strength from each other. We all want a culture that rejects hate and forges a more perfect union in our nation's rich multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity.
But these are fraught times, on our campus, across the nation, and the world. It is on all of us to stand up and fight the racism, extremism, and hate that are cancers in our body politic.
United by this recent tragedy, we can be a force for good. Together, we can be stronger and smarter than those who would divide us and subvert the values that undergird our University and our democracy.
Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
THURSDAY, MAY 25
"Recovering from Racial Trauma." A community Twitter conversation about how to recover from racial trauma. We invite all students, faculty and staff to join in a supportive Twitter conversation, facilitated by the University Counseling Center, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office of Community Engagement.
Nanticoke Room, 1238 Stamp Student Union, Co-facilitated by MICA and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, this is a space for students, faculty, and staff.
MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students.
LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
2242H School of Public Health, Dean's Conference Room, Co-facilitated by Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the School of Public Health. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
2517 Van Munching Hall, Executive Dining Hall. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the Smith School of Business. This is for students, faculty, and staff.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
1202 Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs. This space is specifically for staff.
May 23, 2017
Dear Campus Community,
We are devastated by the murder of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins III this weekend. We are devastated by the racism and hate that exists in this world. And we are devastated that hate may have played a role in this and other horrific crimes across the country.
We want each of us to have the space and time they need to grieve and we need to collectively honor this young man’s life, offer our support to the other communities mourning right now, especially Bowie State University, and simultaneously find a path forward as a community.
We want to begin by making sure our community understands how they can be supported in the next week. Here are collective resources you should be aware of:
Tuesday, May 23, 12-1:30pm
A place to gather, to share our thoughts and experiences with one another in a supportive environment.
• MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students.
• Nyumburu Cultural Center Conference Room 0120. Facilitated by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Counseling Center, this is a space for students, staff, and faculty.
• LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.
Thursday, May 25th, 3pm-4:30pm
A place to gather, to share our thoughts and experiences with one another in a supportive environment.
• MICA Conference Room in the Stamp Student Union. Please note: This is specifically a space for students.
• LGBT Equity Center in 2218 Marie Mount Hall. This is a space for students, faculty, and staff.
Counseling: For those able to come to campus, the University Counseling Center has established special drop-in hours anytime Monday - Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to meet with a counselor. During evening and weekend hours, you may call the counseling center 301-314-7651 and receive immediate, brief support from a counselor by phone. For faculty and staff, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program is also available for support.
Wednesday, May 24, 1pm, Garden of Reflection of Remembrance, Memorial Chapel. We invite the campus community to join us for a moment of reflection hosted by the University Chaplains, to honor Lieutenant Collins and to stand in solidarity with his family, friends and the entire Bowie State University community.
Thursday, May 25, 11am-12pm, a community Twitter conversation about how to recover from racial trauma. We recognize that many of you are not physically present on campus, but are in need of community at this time. We invite all students, faculty and staff to join in a supportive Twitter conversation, facilitated by the University Counseling Center. Please note this is not a confidential space.
The University is working closely with Bowie State University to help them celebrate their commencement exercises on campus tomorrow morning. They very much appreciate the outpouring of support for their community.
We understand this may impact people differently, with a range of experiences and emotions. That is okay. Please make a point of connecting with each other, taking care of yourself, and be gentle with yourself.
Please remember that you can report hate/bias through the University of Maryland Police Department or the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM), which is responsible for monitoring the university’s civil rights response. Visit OCRSM online to report or learn more.
Our community of nearly 400,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni can be a powerful force for good. Together, and only together, can we fight back against hate in all its insidious forms. We are building a coalition of individuals and groups across campus dedicated to ensuring an environment where we fight back against hate and bias, and where we can all thrive.
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