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Policy School Launches New Institute for Public Leadership

The School of Public Policy on Tuesday launched a new institute committed to advancing the practice and study of public leadership on local, national and global scales. The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) will serve as a hub for research and education centered on guiding individuals and organizations to confront multifaceted societal challenges and foster positive change.

UMD Recognized as Maryland Bird Campus

The University of Maryland has been recognized as a Bird Campus by the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, designation recognizing colleges and universities committed to reducing threats to birds and becoming more healthy for students, faculty and employees (as well as birds).

Poet, Activist Nikki Giovanni to Help Inaugurate Frederick Douglass Center

Nikki Giovanni, an acclaimed poet and revered voice on race, gender, love and family, will visit the University of Maryland to discuss her work and lifelong commitment to the arts and humanities.

Campus Belonging and Community Survey Opens

The university is seeking the campus community’s participation in the Belonging and Community at UMD survey, open April 3-26. The brief, anonymous assessment seeks to help administrators better understand the experiences and perceptions of students, faculty and staff.

College of Education Opens Pantry in Benjamin Building

Located in the Student Lounge (Room 0211) in the Benjamin Building, the EdTerps Pantry includes a cabinet and refrigerator stocked with substantial snacks and easy-to-make meals items such as fresh fruits, yogurt, granola bars, trail mix and instant soups. The pantry is accessible whenever the building is open, and items are restocked once a week.

Study: Sexual Harassment Goes Unchecked in Many Sub-Saharan African Newsrooms

Sexual harassment often goes unchecked in sub-Saharan African newsrooms despite many employers having policies in place, according to a new study from the University of Maryland and City, University of London.

New Program to Help Add Civic Engagement Into Courses Across UMD

The University of Maryland has launched a professional development program that supports faculty and staff seeking to integrate civic learning into their courses.

Libraries to Upgrade to New Management System; Shift to Temporarily Impact Services

University of Maryland Libraries has begun migrating to a new user interface and integrated library management system that will dramatically improve its online search functions and modernize core operations such as acquisitions, circulation, and e-resource licensing and management.

UMD Lifts Suspension of New Member, Alcohol-Related Activities for 32 Fraternities, Sororities

Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo sent the following email to the campus community on Friday afternoon: On Friday, March 1, the university's Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life (DFSL) and the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) paused Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association (PHA) new member activities and social activities where alcohol was present. All other activities, including philanthropic activities, service and chapter meetings were permitted to continue as scheduled.

SEE to Host Former ‘Suite Life’ Actor Dylan Sprouse

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will host actor Dylan Sprouse, best known for his six years co-starring with twin brother Cole on “The Suite Life” series on the Disney Channel, in a surprise event on March 12.

UMD Suspends New Member, Social Events at 37 Fraternities and Sororities

James McShay, assistant vice president for student affairs and interim director of fraternity and sorority life, and James Bond, director of student conduct, sent the following letter on Friday evening to the presidents of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, representing 21 fraternities and 16 sororities, respectively.

Forbes Lists UMD Among Nation’s Top Large Employers

The University of Maryland is one of America’s best large employers in the United States, according to 2024 rankings from Forbes magazine. The list, released Feb. 22, places UMD at No. 54 overall, as well as No. 1 in the state, and No. 5 among all universities.

Study Links Family Rejection, Mental Health Distress Among LGBTQ+ Asian Americans

Family rejection can lead to a cascade of other internal struggles that damage the mental well-being of LGBTQ+ Asian Americans, according to a new study by recent graduates of the University of Maryland’s Department of Psychology.

General Mills, Unilever Gifts to Support UMD Research on Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture

Two consumer goods giants, General Mills and Unilever, recently made significant investments in a University of Maryland-led initiative to evaluate the adoption and efficacy of climate-smart farming practices.

Survey to Ask Students About Sexual Assault

​​A biennial campuswide climate survey sponsored by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct and the School of Public Health (SPH) aims to assess the scope and nature of sexual assault at UMD and to identify effective means of intervention and prevention.

During Love Data Week, UMD to Show D’adoration

Hosted annually since 2016 during the week of Valentine’s Day, International Love Data Week celebrates all things data.

Newsweek Lists UMD Among America’s Best Workplaces for Women

Newsweek on Wednesday named the University of Maryland to its 2024 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for Women.

UMD Joins National Consortium Dedicated to Improving AI Trustworthiness and Safety

The University of Maryland (UMD) has joined with more than 200 of the nation’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders in a wide-ranging new federal effort to improve the trustworthiness and safety of AI systems.

1856 Project to Host Inaugural Research Update

A new report from The 1856 Project at the University of Maryland explores the story of an enslaved family that could have lived where the Xfinity Center stands today, as well as the Rossborough Inn’s potential ties to the Underground Railroad. On Wednesday, the research group will hold its first Annual Research Update to discuss its latest work.

ARHU’s Harmony Fellows Program Pairs Faculty Across Campus

The College of Arts and Humanities has named seven pairs of fellows for its new Harmony of Interdisciplinarity program to foster collaborative approaches to curriculum, research and programming.

SEE to Host ‘Emergency Intercom’ Podcasters

Student Entertainment Events (SEE) will welcome Enya Umanzor and Drew Phillips, creators of the hit podcast “Emergency Intercom,” for its annual spring lecture on Feb. 15.

Seeking Information About Weather-Related Closures? Here Are All the Ways to Find It

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community on Friday: As we begin the spring semester and the potential for severe weather increases, we want to remind everyone about how the university communicates weather-related closures and schedule changes.

Department Renamed to Encompass African American and Africana Studies

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Department of African American Studies has changed its name to the Department of African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) in recognition of its broadened mission.

Precautions Urged to Prevent Spread of Illness; Reporting of Positive COVID-19 Test No Longer Required

Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, University Health Center director, sent the following email to the campus community on Thursday: The new semester brings fresh starts, even as we navigate peak season for colds, flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Your health and well-being remain our priority. By embracing preventive measures and accessing campus resources, we can support one another and keep our community safe and healthy.

Purple Line Update: Light-Rail Tracks Installed, Temporary Bike Path to Open, Road Closures Continue

Carlo Colella, vice president and chief administrative officer, sent the following email to the campus community on Monday: As we prepare for the start of the spring semester, I am sharing changes on campus related to construction of the Purple Line light rail. Below is important rail safety information for pedestrians, bicycle and micromobility riders and vehicles.

Magazine Honors Libraries’ DEI Commitment

The University of Maryland Libraries was named a recipient of the Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, honoring academic libraries that encourage and support diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in areas including research, technology, accessibility, exhibitions and community outreach.

Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia Members Named

University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to the campus community on Thursday morning: On Nov. 27, I announced several measures to help prioritize a safe and inclusive community at the University of Maryland, including the establishment of a Joint Presidential and University Senate Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia.

UMD Earns Top Score on Newsweek’s List of America’s Best Workplaces for Diversity

Newsweek on Wednesday named the University of Maryland to its 2024 list of America's Greatest Workplaces for Diversity.

Merrill College Launches Documentary Master’s Concentration

The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism will launch a documentary master’s concentration beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

Pines Announces Early Start to Winter Break

President Pines designates Dec. 22 as an administrative leave day for all regular and contingent II faculty and staff.

Young Alum Establishes Scholarships Targeting BSOS, Computer Science Students From Baltimore

A 2018 UMD graduate has made a $180,000 gift to establish undergraduate student scholarships for four students per year.

Campus Drive to Close for Purple Line Construction

Beginning on or about Dec. 20, Campus Drive from Regents Drive (near Symons Hall) to Union Lane (near the Stamp Student Union) will be closed through Jan. 19.

New Testudo Offerings to Benefit Campus Pantry

University of Maryland student leaders are launching a new effort during finals week to expand the tradition of leaving offerings to the bronze Testudo statue in front of McKeldin Library by doing good for others.

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