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The University of Maryland is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus free from hate, where our community feels physically safe and safe to be who they are. The university has undertaken many actions to accomplish these goals, and significant work is still underway. This page will be updated regularly to reflect our progress.


  • Partnered with the Anti-Defamation League on trainings for the President’s Cabinet and Deans.
     
  • Established and charged the Joint President/Senate Inclusion & Respect Task Force to consider how best to nurture a climate that is more respectful and inclusive of all members of our campus community, stands against hate, and reaffirms the values that define us a University. It is expected that the task force will report its findings by April 2018.
     
  • Developed a streamlined protocol for hate-bias incident response that will ensure a coordinated response, provide support to impacted community members and ensure transparency with the campus community.
     
  • Implemented a university-wide survey on campus climate to help us better understand the experiences of students, faculty, staff, and administrators on our campus with respect to diversity, inclusion, equity, hate, bias, well-being, and belongingness. We will use the findings from this research to help inform and shape policies and practices that promote a safe and welcoming campus.
     
  • Developed “African-American History and the University of Maryland: A Campus Landmark Tour” that focuses in on the historic and contemporary presence and contributions of African Americans to the physical and social infrastructure of the university. The walking tour is grounded in the complex histories of the institution and the State of Maryland - conveying the complexity of racial politics and slavery as it has impacted the state's flagship institution.
     
  • Established a UMD Student Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help focus and improve collaboration between students and the administration.
     
  • Hosted Congressman John Lewis on campus in October 2017 to discuss his acclaimed book “March: Book Three,” which was selected as this year’s First Year Book. The 2016 National Book Award-winning graphic memoir is about Lewis’ landmark civil rights work. 
     
  • Held various community listening sessions, gatherings and open forums to hear from campus and understand how to better take care of each other.
     
  • Launched the Center on Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
     
  • Organized a weekly discussion series for faculty and staff, "Solutions in Action: Countering Divisiveness,” hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, to work to understand the complex problems of hate and divisiveness. About one hundred people attended each session.
     
  • Welcomed U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown to speak on campus about the emerging national discourse on race, hate-bias incidents, campus climate and the path forward in August 2017.
     
  • Strengthened Intercollegiate Athletics policy to explicitly prohibit hate-bias symbols or actions to its list of items banned from athletic venues.
     
  • Continued the Maryland Dialogues program, led by the Provost, the Chief Diversity Officer and the VP for Student Affairs.
     
  • Funded two new programs through the Provost and Deans of the various colleges that started this fall to advance diversity and inclusion in faculty research, teaching, and service.
     
  • Completed mandatory training in implicit racial bias for the entire force of 100+ sworn UMPD officers.
     
  • Installed additional surveillance cameras in and around campus buildings.
  • Forming a Hate-Bias Response Team to assist victims of hate and bias on campus.
     
  • Hiring a Hate-Bias Response Coordinator in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion who will provide leadership for the newly established Hate-Bias Response Team; formulate action plans in coordination with the Hate-Bias Response Team; work with individuals and/or groups affected by any hate-bias incidents; and be available for support and guidance to individuals and communities affected by hate-bias incidents.
     
  • Reviewing the Code of Student Conduct to consider if it should include a provision that violations of the Code found to be motivated by bias may result in a more severe sanction. This work is being led by the University Senate’s Student Conduct Committee.
     
  • Considering whether symbols and objects of hate and intimidation should be prohibited in campus facilities. This work is being led by the University Senate’s Campus Affairs Committee.
     
  • Elevating the Chief Diversity Officer position to Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, a sign that the work of diversity and inclusion must be at the center, not at the periphery, of the university, and that advancing these values is essential to the excellence of our institutional mission.
     
  • Revisiting and updating the Diversity Strategic Plan, which will be informed by the Joint Task Force and campus climate research, along with the voices of faculty, students and staff serving on the President's Commissions and the Student Leadership Council.
     
  • Reviewing the general education requirement on diversity and cultural competence to ascertain any needed improvements. Launched by the Provost, the working group will be collaborating with the Joint Task Force.
     
  • Collecting and publishing information on all hate-bias incidents on campus on a regular basis through the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct.

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The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., we discover and share new knowledge every day through our renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. And we are committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.

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Spanning 12 schools and colleges, Maryland offers more than 200 degree-granting programs, many of them ranked among the best in the country. Our faculty includes three Nobel laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, 60 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. And our students, who include the highest achievers in the state and nation, enjoy experiences unique to our location just outside the nation’s capital, including internships, research, and leadership and service opportunities.

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The University of Maryland is one of the world’s premier research institutions. With our strategic location and scores of partnerships with government and businesses, UMD conducts groundbreaking research on some of the biggest challenges facing our global community, including cybersecurity and terrorism, bioengineering, public health equity, food safety and climate change. We strive to discover new knowledge and put it to work through innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing economic development and transforming lives. 

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At the University of Maryland, the arts, the humanities and the sciences intersect to address important societal issues and shed new light on the human experience. Our vibrant campus arts community collaborates with local and national cultural organizations such as the Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and Folger Shakespeare Library. Student and faculty artists, designers, historians, writers and performers are exploring new media, presenting new perspectives, investigating new techniques and engaging new audiences.

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Home of the Terrapins, the University of Maryland has one of the nation’s most recognizable and successful athletics programs. More than 550 student-athletes compete each year in 19 intercollegiate sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005 alone, Maryland has won 16 national championships, including NCAA titles in women’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, UMD has won a combined 17 regular season and tournament championships. Fear the Turtle!

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The Terp experience extends beyond classrooms, labs and studios. It encompasses residence halls and dining halls, clubs and sports, fraternities and sororities, campus events and performances, and countless off-campus destinations. Maryland touts 800-plus student organizations, dozens of prestigious living and learning communities, and countless other ways to get involved. Students here can create a unique identity and grow as individuals, even as they’re part of a close-knit and diverse community. 

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