UMBC develops future STEM teachers, researchers through pilot program pairing high school and college students

Now one of the high school participants, Kimani Reed, is starting at UMBC this fall. “The warm welcome I felt when I walked through the doors on the first day already made UMBC feel like home,” she says. Continue reading UMBC develops future STEM teachers, researchers through pilot program pairing high school and college students

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Acting locally and globally: Four UMBC students embark on community-engaged careers

Community-engaged work has been integral to the UMBC experience for so many Retrievers, including the four featured here. Despite coming from such different academic programs, they have all been able to connect in meaningful ways with local and international communities. And after graduating this week, they’ll each apply their talents, skills, and sense of commitment to community-engaged careers. Continue reading Acting locally and globally: Four UMBC students embark on community-engaged careers

UMBC doctoral student Ciara Christian receives AAC&U 2020 K. Patricia Cross Award for equity and inclusion work

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has honored UMBC’s Ciara Christian with its 2020 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. Christian, M.A. ‘18, sociology, is a doctoral student in the language, literacy, and culture program. Continue reading UMBC doctoral student Ciara Christian receives AAC&U 2020 K. Patricia Cross Award for equity and inclusion work

The Carnegie Foundation honors UMBC as a leading community-engaged university

“Carnegie’s definition of community engagement emphasizes the importance of reciprocity and mutual benefits in the partnerships that are created,” explains Michele Wolff, director of the Shriver Center. “Shriver Center programs ask us to think about how we can make our partnerships more authentic, to effectively meet the needs of all involved. In this way, the longstanding approach of the Shriver Center also reflects the Carnegie Foundation’s principles of reciprocity and mutuality.” Continue reading The Carnegie Foundation honors UMBC as a leading community-engaged university

UMBC’s Maheen Haq receives 2019 Newman Civic Fellowship, affirming the importance of supporting local and global communities facing discrimination

Whether she’s in Jordan or Baltimore, UMBC’s Maheen Haq brings a deep sense of duty to her work with communities facing discrimination. “Amanah is a word in Arabic that means trust. For me this means that if I have knowledge of oppression, I have been trusted with the task of standing up against it,” Haq explains. “I study very hard so that I can develop the best skills to serve communities dealing with grave injustices because they deserve the best.” Continue reading UMBC’s Maheen Haq receives 2019 Newman Civic Fellowship, affirming the importance of supporting local and global communities facing discrimination

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UMBC’s newest grads leave a legacy of community-building and support

Meet a few of the many UMBC students graduating this December who exemplify the Retriever spirit of building connections and community by offering a compassionate ear, a helping hand, and a voice of support when it is most needed. Together, these students have created a more inclusive, accessible, and supportive UMBC for everyone, and they continue to reach together to help UMBC grow. Continue reading UMBC’s newest grads leave a legacy of community-building and support

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CS3 leads research summit on community-based violence prevention in Baltimore

“We wanted to purposefully use this summit to convene as many researchers as possible to examine, discuss, and share expertise and data,” Mallinson says. “Our intent is increasing collaboration and resources beyond this room, between institutions and the community, to create tangible, applicable and responsive human- and community-centered research in violence prevention with and for Baltimore.” Continue reading CS3 leads research summit on community-based violence prevention in Baltimore

UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

“The Catonsville Nine’s protest is one of the most significant acts of war resistance in our nation’s history, and it happened just down the road from UMBC fifty years ago this May,” says Joby Taylor, director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program. Continue reading UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

“It is an honor to represent the commitment of UMBC to service and engaged citizenship at a national level with the help of The Shriver Center,” Milani reflects. “They helped me to bridge the gap between my desire to create change and my ability to apply my knowledge through service-learning. Continue reading Stephanie Milani named Newman Civic Fellow for expanding access to computer science education

UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

“Having UMBC alumni in the Senate, House of Delegates, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, advocacy groups and nonprofits is a great asset,” says House of Delegates Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones ’76, psychology. “As public service professionals, we share the same camaraderie and ‘True Grit’ as we did as UMBC students.” Continue reading UMBC celebrates alumni in public service at special Annapolis event

UMBC selected for national initiative to prepare the next generation of social justice leaders

AAC&U has selected UMBC as one of 10 institutions nationwide to participate in a bold, new initiative designed to “educate, prepare, and inspire the next generation of leaders to advance justice and build equitable communities.” Continue reading UMBC selected for national initiative to prepare the next generation of social justice leaders

UMBC receives Collaborative Opportunity Grant to launch college access program with Baltimore City high schools

The Path Before Me will provide exposure to the college experience, mentoring, SAT preparation, and support for the admissions and matriculation processes to an initial group of 40 Baltimore City high school students in a way that responds to how they express their own college readiness needs. Continue reading UMBC receives Collaborative Opportunity Grant to launch college access program with Baltimore City high schools

UMBC Sondheim Scholar creates the Reach Initiative to support Baltimore teen girls in STEM

The three pillars of the program are mentorship, research, and empowerment. By giving young women training and information, program founder Isabel Geisler ’17 hopes to positively influence participants’ education and career paths. Continue reading UMBC Sondheim Scholar creates the Reach Initiative to support Baltimore teen girls in STEM

Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

“Bringing fifth graders to campus gives them the opportunity to see themselves at college, and inspires them to see their own education as interesting and meaningful,” said Jaelyn Bos ’17, biological sciences and environmental science. Continue reading Baltimore City elementary school students learn about college opportunities through UMBC visit

Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

“This award speaks to our program and institution’s inspired commitment,” Davis shared. The Choice Program at UMBC is a nationally recognized model for community-based intervention that has served more than 25,000 youth and their families from Maryland’s highest risk communities. Continue reading Community Law in Action honors LaMar Davis, director of The Choice Program, as a 2016 Baltimore Inspiring Voice

First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

The program was a tremendous success, with 83 percent of clients served receiving a refund and almost $126,000 in total refunds for the program. Almost two-thirds of the clients who received refunds said they planned to use it to pay off debt, pay past due bills, or save and invest the money. Continue reading First year of UMBC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves more than 100 local community members

UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

“As the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year, Carter is noted for his enthusiasm, his authenticity, and his work to be a champion for students inside and outside of the classroom,” writes Education Post, in a new story highlighting Corey Carter ’08, biological sciences, ’10 M.A.T. Continue reading UMBC prepares next generation of leading K-12 educators with commitment to community

Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

Mehta shares, “as a senior on my way to medical school in the fall, I can say with confidence that I look forward to all the challenges that life throws my way because UMBC has taught me to have grit and always persevere.” Continue reading Avanti Mehta, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar heading to medical school, says UMBC taught her grit and perseverance

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UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

This partnership, announced on January 7, 2016 at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, marks a significant milestone in UMBC’s ongoing work to support Baltimore’s K-12 students, teachers, and their communities. Continue reading UMBC partners with Baltimore City Public Schools and Northrop Grumman Foundation on $1.6M initiative to support Baltimore students, teachers, and communities

Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

The Choice Program’s Flying Fruit Fantasy Fruit Shake stand is turn 35 on July 2. To celebrate, they will be giving away prizes like Orioles tickets, gift cards, and a year of free fruit shakes. Enjoy a fruit shake or smoothie on July 2 from 12-2 p.m. to be automatically eligible to win. Flying Fruit Fantasy is located in the Inner Harbor, next to the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor Promenade. The stand is the on-the-job training site for The Choice Program’s Ready By 21 and Jobs initiatives. Continue reading Flying Fruit Fantasy Turns 35 (7/2)

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state. The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive … Continue reading The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs

The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)

Youth in Action is an annual youth-led event, hosted by UMBC’s Choice Program. This year’s Youth in Action aims to use art as a means of catharsis and a platform for the voices of youth to be heard in their communities. This gallery and showcase event will feature artwork created and performed by Choice Program and local community youth. The event will be held on June 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Graffiti Warehouse (128 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201). Click here for more information. Continue reading The Choice Program – Youth in Action (6/20)