Friday, September 18, 2020

Join UNICEF UMD to support and aid children and families affected by humanitarian and emergency crises.


UNICEF UMD is a new student organization partnered with the UNICEF campus initiative, whose mission is to promote college student participation in education, advocacy and fundraising activities to support children in-need, locally and worldwide on behalf of UNICEF USA. The UNICEF Campus Initiative is a growing grassroots movement rooted in a belief that college students have a vital role to play in helping the world's children survive. The initiative focuses on four aspects of life: health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children. 

Our interest meeting is Tuesday, 9/22, 5-6 PM via Zoom at
Our first event will be a voter registration training on Monday, 9/28, 3-4 PM.Fill out this form if you are interested in joining our club:  

Contact Person: UNICEF UMD
Contact Email:  
Website URL:

AASD Reparations Series


On behalf of the Anti-Black Racism Initiative in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Department of African American Studies, the Critical Race Initiative, and the Baha'i Chair for World Peace in BSOS, I want to invite you to the John B. Slaughter Reparations Series. This virtual event occurring on Monday, September 21 from noon-1pm  will focus on Congresswoman Barbara Lee's proposal to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT). Congresswoman Lee, Dr. Mary Helen Washington (UMD) and Dr. Charles Adams (Bowie State) will engage in a critical and thoughtful discussion on the first US Commission to address truth, reconciliation and reparations. The on-going movement to address the legacy of  structural violence, institutional racism and structural inequality in the US places the case for truth, reconciliation and reparations at the center of the discourse on social justice.

This panel will be the first of a series of panels throughout the 2020-2021 academic year sponsored by the UMD Department of African-American Studies John B. Slaughter Reparations Series where national/international scholars and policymakers will discuss the case for reparations in the context of the US. We encourage you to participate in this conversation. The flyer and registration information for this event is attached.


Prof Joseph Richardson

Virtual Study Abroad Scholarship - Pell Grant Recipients

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen planning to participate in a virtual international program in 2021 or an in-person program in summer 2021 or fall 2021?
You may be eligible to apply for the U.S. State Department’s Gilman Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for study abroad and up to $8,000 if you are studying a critical need language. 
In the last two years, 77 UMD students have won Gilman Scholarships, winning a total of $245,500! 

Sign up here for more information. We’ll give you access to our ELMS Gilman resource site, which includes a narrated PowerPoint presentation and samples of successful application essays.
The first session is with NSO staff:
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 4:00 - 4:30 pm 
To hear directly from a UMD Returned Gilman Scholar and NSO Staff, join us for the second session:
Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Here is the link to join the sessions.
 DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 6, 2020 
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, students must be: a U.S. citizen, a Pell Grant recipient, undergraduate (includes all majors), and participating in their program for at least 21 days, excluding travel to and from the host country.

NetNite Networking

The Student Success Leadership Council cordially invites you to our annual networking event, NetNite, on Tuesday, October 27th from 6 - 9 pm. Due to the unforeseen circumstances we have all faced this year, SSLC is proud to announce that this year’s NetNite will be online! We will be hosting a 3- hour Zoom call, featuring multiple breakout rooms for the numerous professional fields we hope to host.

NetNite gives the opportunity for current Black students at the University of Maryland to network with alumni excelling in their prospective industries. Building a bridge that connects alumni and students, NetNite helps attendees to develop mentorships and support systems with those who have come before them. Although we face adverse conditions this year, we are optimistic for the success of our virtual event!

Please join us by RSVPing at feel free to make your Zoom account today at

The many conversations and opportunities that result from NetNite could benefit many students who probably have never heard of this event; therefore we encourage you to reach out to fellow students with this invitation.  As current students, we hope that this event will give you guidance within your academic and future professional careers. We look forward to networking with you on October 27th!

Diamondback Survey

 Has something funny happened to you on Zoom this semester?  Complete the survey here!

Call for Proposals: Increasing Civic Engagement and Voter Accessibility in the 2020 Elections

Help increase civic engagement and voter accessibility in the 2020 election!

The Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement (CDCE) has launched an initiative to increase civic engagement and improve voting accessibility for the 2020 elections. As part of the initiative, CDCE will award small grants to student organizations via a grant competition. Any organization recognized as a student organization at UMD is welcome to apply, though to receive funds a KFS account will be necessary. Organizations that wish to collaborate are welcome to submit a joint application but will need to designate a lead organization.

The funds can be used for any purpose that will support greater civic engagement and/or voting accessibility for the 2020 elections. For example, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) recently advised that the State Board of Elections (SBE) is experiencing a shortage of election judges to staff polling locations. MHEC has requested that colleges and universities in the state encourage students to volunteer to serve as polling judges. This initiative includes, but is not limited to students serving as polling judges. Students can also assist with general voter outreach and the mail-in voting process.

Grants from $1,000 and up to $2,500 will be awarded on a competitive basis to select student organizations that demonstrate tangible ways in which they will use the award funds to facilitate, motivate, and incentivize students to become civically engaged and participate in the democratic process by ensuring that citizens have full and equal opportunity to vote. Participation is not limited to students who reside in Maryland, as shortages in election judges, issues related to mail-in ballots, and other obstacles to voting are occurring nationwide.
Proposal Requirements:

  • Narrative of no more than one page (single-spaced, 12 pt. font) that describes the organization’s plan and how it will facilitate and encourage student involvement to promote voting accessibility. The narrative should also include details about how student participation will be overseen, confirmed, and evaluated.
  • Organization Description of no more than one page per organization (single-spaced, 12 pt. font) that describes the organization’s mission, membership (including a count), history, whether the organization is recognized by SGA, SORC, or other entities, experience doing civic engagement work, and ability to accept payment via an organization KSF account.
  • Brief Budget and Budget Explanation of no more than one page that provides details about how the funds will be spent and the timeline for the expenditures.
  • KFS account number for the organization.
  • Phone number and email address for the organization member(s) supervising the project.
Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis but please submit proposals to by 11:59 pm on September 25, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Professor Michael Hanmer, CDCE Research Director, at

Award Conditions:
  • Awardees will be designated as CDCE grantees for one year.
  • In consultation with CDCE, when possible the organization agrees to acknowledge funding from GVPT's CDCE in its communications and activities related to the funding.
  • Awardees are expected to give a brief presentation to CDCE faculty about the effectiveness of their proposal to engage students in making voting more accessible for the 2020 election and what efforts may be useful to consider/not consider in the future.
  • No later than December 14, 2020, awardees should submit a report of no more than onepage describing how the funds were used, including copies of relevant receipts. Please submit the report to

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

FLU VACCINE EVENT: Flu-Palooza Week 9/21 - 25



The All day flu event is Monday, September 21 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, 9/22/2020 1pm - 4pm
Thursday, 9/24/2020  from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm
Friday, 9/25/2020 from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm


The flu is still a thing! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. This season a flu vaccine is more important than ever! A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.

The University Health Center is hosting Flu-Palooza Week Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25.

Sign up to receive your flu shot at our Flu-Palooza Kick-Off event on September 21st in the Cole Student Activities Building.
Flu Vaccine Clinics will be held by APPOINTMENT ONLY through the week on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, September 22 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Thursday, September 23 from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm
  • Friday, September 23 from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm  

Already received your flu shot? 

We are also participating in the Alana Yaksich 2020-2021 College/University National Flu Vaccination Challenge now through December 12, 2020! The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness and increase vaccination rates among college students. Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends can participate this challenge! - so, when or if you have already received your flu shot take a moment to help get UMD to #1!  Complete the survey here!

For more information:  

Graduate School and ISSS Resource Fair

Did you know there are many in-person and virtual UMD resources available to you this fall? Pick your top five to learn more about and join us Thursday as the Graduate School and International Student & Scholar Services partner to bring you a virtual resource fair. More than 14 UMD resources will participate in small-group Zoom sessions. Register now at

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cancellation of Spring 2021 Study Abroad

Unfortunately, the University of Maryland has made the decision to cancel all in-person study abroad programs for the spring 2021 semester, out of concern for health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  This decision was made in coordination with the International Risk Management Committee and our provost. 

While we will not run study abroad programming in Spring 2021, we will proactively collaborate with academic departments and programs to develop engaging, project-based, virtual opportunities for students to prepare them to become impactful global professionals and citizens. We will be adding an expanded list of global learning resources and opportunities here:

First Look Fair Wednesday and Thursday!

That's right everyone; the First Look Fair is this week! Countless Student Organizations and University Departments have been preparing for FLF20 to show you what UMD has to offer. FLF20 is virtual this year, which means you have plenty of time to explore all the exciting opportunities offered this Fall. The FLF20 is your chance to find a new hobby, build your community, serve others, develop yourself and much more.

To attend the First Look Fair, sign in to TerpLinkhttp://terplink.umd.eduDuring Fair hours, you should see a banner at the top that says "Fair Happening Now" with a direct link to join. 
More specific details are available at or check out SORC's Instagram for the latest updates.