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Alumna Hammond Returns to Head MLK Event on Feb. 1

Pamela V. Hammond, RN, PhD, ScD (hon), FAAN, ANEF, an alumna of the School of Nursing who went on to leadership positions at Hampton University and Virginia State University, will discuss “Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take a Knee?” as keynote speaker at UMB’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 1.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to speak at this auspicious event at the University of Maryland, Baltimore honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 50th anniversary year of his death,” said Hammond, who heads The Hammond Group, LLC and is a senior consultant for AGB Institutional Strategies. “I applaud President Perman for his support of diversity and inclusion both at UMB and in the community that it serves.”

Hammond previously served as chief academic officer and nursing dean at Hampton University and interim president at Virginia State University. During the 2015-2016 academic year at Virginia State, she turned an $18 million-plus deficit into a $1.5 million surplus while boasting external funding, enrollment, and retention.

“During my time at UMB, I was struck by the forward thinking of the faculty and my student colleagues,” Hammond said. “Dr. Mary Neal served as an exceptional mentor to me throughout my studies, and with the confidence she instilled, I was on a trajectory to excel in nursing education and administration.”

Hammond implemented the first PhD program in nursing in a historically black college or university while dean of the Hampton University School of Nursing before transforming academic affairs at the university as provost from 2009 to 2014. Hammond established Hampton U Online, implemented an aggressive strategic plan, created new academic programs, and secured nearly $40 million for research, scholarships, innovative programs, endowments, and faculty development.

She is married to Gary J. Hammond, is the mother of two physicians, Jason W. Hammond, MD, and Alexis S. Hammond, MD, and has three grandchildren (triplets Aaron Cade, Kai Jason, and Simone Alexis). Her daughter-in-law, Camille Hammond, MD ’01, is an alumna of the UM School of Medicine.

This won’t be Pamela Hammond’s first return to the UMB campus since earning her master’s in maternal child nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1978. In 2015, she received the School of Nursing’s inaugural Visionary Pioneer Award. An inaugural inductee into the Tuskegee University School of Nursing Hall of Fame a year earlier, Hammond is proud of the growth of minorities in nursing and is honored to speak at the UMB Black History Month event that pays tribute to the work of the late Dr. King.

“Having lived in Alabama through much of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, I have had the chance to hear the stories of my elders and to witness the plight of blacks in my communities,” Hammond said. “It is an honor to return home to UMB and to share some of my experiences from the time that Dr. King was making history.”

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 18, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the January issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on UM Ventures 2.0, an update on the Catalyst Campaign, the Snap! Photo Contest winners, the 2017 UMB crime report, a reminder about our Black History Month event on Feb. 1, and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAJanuary 11, 20180 comments
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Diversity Recognition Awards Announced

Each year, UMB presents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. Recently, the Diversity Advisory Council named the 2017 winners, who will be honored at UMB’s Black History Month celebration on Feb. 1, featuring keynote speaker Sherrilyn Ifill, JD. The MLK award recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Courtney Jones Carney

Outstanding UMB Staff Award
Courtney Jones Carney, MBA
Director, Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Services Initiatives (ISLSI), Campus Life Services

Carney started working on diversity programs at UMB in 2011 and now develops and manages over 200 programs a year focusing on educating UMB students and staff through opportunities that emphasize leadership development, social responsibility, and cultural competence. She has tirelessly advocated for and produced diversity education and cultural celebration activities for the UMB campus as a whole.

These programs have provided students, faculty, and staff from various backgrounds an opportunity to take part in the education and celebrations of their cultures. Events such as World Hijab Day, which explores the reasons why some UMB women wear a hijab (next event is Feb. 1), and Poverty Simulation, where participants navigate their way through a day as someone living below the poverty line, expose students and staff to cultures and conditions they might not have had the opportunity to learn about in their everyday life.

“It is an honor to receive the MLK Outstanding Staff Award as recognition of the initiatives that I have created related to diversity and inclusion,” Carney says. “It shows that my contributions and the contributions of the ISLSI staff have not gone unnoticed. Additionally, winning this award means that the co-curricular learning that is thoughtfully planned, managed, and executed through ISLSI is valued by the UMB community. Further, it emphasizes the importance of the co-curricular in shaping culturally knowledgeable professionals.”

Daniel MullinsOutstanding UMB Faculty Award
Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair
Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, School of Pharmacy

The PATIENTS program (PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS) founded by Mullins has engaged a number of local communities in Baltimore as well as researchers from UMB schools and other universities in placing patients at the center of clinical studies.

Originally funded with a $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the PATIENTS program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. It engages people from all communities, especially those from underserved and minority populations, in every step of the patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) process. Through its collective efforts, PATIENTS creates an effective learning health care community.

Under Mullins’ direction, the PATIENTS program supports diversity and inclusiveness in clinical studies. It now has a role in two new PCOR awards with over $10 million each in new funding.

The UMB Co-Researcher of the Year in 2014 and recipient of the Dr. Daniel D. Savage Memorial Science Award in 2013 from the Association of Black Cardiologists, Mullins is thrilled by his latest honor.

“Being selected for the MLK Diversity Faculty Award is not just a prestigious honor, but also a call to arms to advance health equity,” he says. “With the honor comes a responsibility to advance the transformational change necessary to make research more patient-centered. Unlike many other research programs, we encourage patients and caregivers to get involved in every aspect of our research, because we believe that incorporating patients’ perspectives can improve health care research and delivery for all Americans.”

Faiza HasanOutstanding UMB Student Award
Faiza Hasan
Third-year student, Francis King Carey School of Law

Hasan organized several University events that demonstrate her commitment to Dr. King’s ideals of diversity and concern for underserved populations.

“Immigration Issues in the 2016 Election: Be Informed and Vote” in October featured a panel that included Sen. Benjamin Cardin and six other experts who addressed many of the key immigration concerns raised by the election cycle. The event attracted more than 100 people.

Nine months earlier, Hasan, a Virginia native whose parents emigrated from Pakistan, organized “Combating Islamophobia — Constitutional Issues Affecting Muslim Americans and Asian Americans in a Post-9/11 World.” This featured another stellar panel of community leaders who discussed the topic with over 135 people in attendance.

In addition, Hasan is co-president of the Women’s Bar Association and serves as a tireless advocate for the rights of women law students and legal issues relating to women in general.

“Winning the MLK Outstanding UMB Student Award is humbling,” Hasan says. “MLK embraced diversity and made it his goal to bring individuals from different backgrounds together in a peaceful way. If I can break down gender, racial, or stereotypical barriers and accomplish even a fraction of what Martin Luther King Jr. achieved, then I am content. We are a nation founded from immigrants, and the beauty of America is that we are the melting pot of different races, cultures, and religions. If we are not able to showcase that beauty and respect one another’s differences, then how can we embrace our similarities?”

Register to attend UMB’s MLK/Black History Month celebration!

– Chris Zang

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeJanuary 17, 20170 comments
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month Commemoration 2017

UMB welcomes keynote speaker, Sherrilyn Ifill, seventh president and director-counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and former professor of law, UM Carey School of Law, to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month event on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

The event and awards ceremony will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing auditorium.


Awards Ceremony

The annual diversity recognition awards recognize individual or group achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, as well as highlight our University’s steadfast commitment to promoting diversity as one of our core values. The recipients’ personal and/or professional work must serve as testament of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Individuals or groups will be recognized in the following three categories:

  • Outstanding UMB faculty or unit
  • Outstanding UMB staff or unit
  • Outstanding UMB student or student group
Clare BanksCollaboration, For B'more, UMB News, University LifeJanuary 10, 20171 comment
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African Ancestry

Where Are Your People From?

It’s difficult to believe that such a simple question could cause bewilderment and angst. However, to many people of African descent living in the Americas and the Caribbean, this question, along with a true sense of their heritage, remains unknown. As a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, many of the descendants of the 12 to 15 million people transported from Africa to be enslaved in the western hemisphere have been left unaware of their African ancestry.

With the help of African Ancestry, the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) was able to take the mystery out of family origins for four UMB students.

On Thursday, March 10 Ivory Ward (SOD), Maya Hanna (SOP), Rodcliffe Wint (SOD), and Marla Yee (SOD) will gather in front of their peers on the SMC Campus Center 1st floor stage to learn their ancestry results.

They were selected during a United Students of African Descent event in November and asked to provide oral swabs for DNA testing. Their DNA was then compared to the indigenous African genetic sequences of African ethnic groups dating back to more than 500 years ago.

African Ancestry Reveal

Thursday, March 10
5 to 6 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st Floor Stage


Authentic West African cuisine will be served!

The Ancestry Reveal with African Ancestry is part of ISLSI’s Black History Month, which falls under the department’s Diversity Celebrations. Visit the ISLSI site for more information on diversity events.

Courtney Jones CarneyBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, University LifeMarch 3, 20160 comments
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Nominations Requested for MLK Diversity Recognition Awards

The UMB President’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards.

These annual awards recognize individual or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, as well as highlight our University’s steadfast commitment to promoting diversity as one of our core values. The recipients’ personal and/or professional work must serve as testament of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Award Categories

• Outstanding UMB faculty or unit
• Outstanding UMB staff or unit
• Outstanding UMB student or student group

In addition to the underlying principles outlined above, the DAC will use the criteria outlined on the nomination form when evaluating all nominations. Nominators are encouraged to address as many of the criteria as appropriate. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Deadline Information

All nominations are due to Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN, no later than close of business on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.

Please pass this on to your constituencies so that all may have the opportunity to nominate.


Awards will be presented during the University’s Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month – noon on Monday, Feb. 3, 2016.


Please consider submitting a nomination briefly highlighting the wonderful work of a student, group of students, a staff member or unit, or faculty member or unit. Your nominations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your commitment to diversity at UMB!

If you have questions, please email Vanessa Fahie or call 6-7501.


Vanessa FahieCollaboration, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeNovember 13, 20150 comments
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Show support this Friday, Feb. 28, as University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students and staff star in our rendition of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

This choreopoem written by Ntozake Shange follows the many struggles and obstacles in the lives of seven women of color. This play is the culmination of events hosted by the University in celebration of Black History Month. Bring your friends and family – this event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Door open at 6:30 p.m.
Play starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center
Elm Room
621 W. Lombard St.

Courtney JonesUMB News, University LifeFebruary 24, 20140 comments
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February Is Black History Month!

Black History Month began as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 in order to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African-Americans’ cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements.

Since 1976, both the United States and Canada have observed the history of the African Diaspora during the month of February.

Celebrate Black History Month at UMB

Afro-Caribbean Dance Fitness

Tuesdays in February, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, Room 349
A fusion of modified West African and Brazilian dance movements and cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. Taught by Jackie Dailey.

Beyond Black & White

Thursday, Feb. 6, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 203
This seminar will use historical examples, census transformation, and personal experiences to examine the complex concept of race in America.

Spotlight Musician: N-CHAT

Friday, Feb. 7, Noon to 1 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st Floor Stage
Enjoy traditional West African drumming with a focus on African culture, emotional release, and physical fitness.

African Ancestry Reveal

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st Floor Stage
Witness four UMB students learn their ancestry with the science of African ancestry tracing. 

Beyond Black & White

Monday, Feb. 24, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 351
This seminar will use historical examples, census transformation, and personal experiences to examine the complex concept of race in America.

*Seminar content will not differ from Feb. 6 event.

The Natural Hair Discussion With Tara Bynum

Monday, Feb. 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Elm Room B
Learn more about the cultural significance of maintaining and taking pride in natural hair during this interactive discussion.

Spotlight Artist: Ernest Shaw & Dallin Smith

Friday, Feb. 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st and 2nd Floors
We are honored to exhibit the works of Ernest Shaw & UMB employee Dallin Smith. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and stay for the play, “For Colored Girls.”

“For Colored Girls”

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Elm Rooms
In this play, follow the journeys of seven women, portrayed by UMB students and staff, as they reflect upon their lives and struggles.

Courtney JonesUMB News, University LifeFebruary 3, 20140 comments
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Hispanic Dental Association

Hispanic Dental Association Wins Diversity Recognition Award

The University’s Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) chapter, who focuses on service, leadership, education, and advocacy in Baltimore’s Hispanic community, was named National Student Chapter of the Year by the National Hispanic Dental Association in September.

Health Fairs Screen Kids and Community Members

In September the chapter held a health fair at Wolfe Street Academy, where 90-plus children from kindergarten through fifth grade were screened for oral cancer and any conditions needing immediate attention. In November, HDA volunteers screened and educated 70-plus community members of all ages at the Langley Park Health Fair.

The HDA chapter at UMB primarily serves the Hispanic community, but most of the members are not Hispanic. They learn key Spanish dental terms during lunch-and-learns to promote inclusiveness.

“It’s an honor for our HDA student chapter to be awarded with this distinguished MLK recognition,” says HDA President Richard Duarte, DDS ’15. “We continuously strive to serve the local Hispanic community while maintaining a diverse group of members. We are thankful for our dedicated volunteers and supporters for their continued efforts toward our organization’s goals and overall mission.”

Award Presentation at Black History Month Celebration

The awards will be presented at the University’s Black History Month celebration on Monday, Feb. 10, at noon in the Medical School Teaching Facility auditorium.

Registration is required by Feb. 3.

For more information, please contact UMB’s Office of Protocol and Special Events.

MLK Diversity Recognition Awards

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Recognition Awards are presented for individual and/or group achievements in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. Each year, UMB schools and administrative units are asked to nominate individuals or groups who have played a leadership role or been an integral part of the diversity effort at UMB. The recipients serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the life and work of Dr. King.

Chris ZangUniversity LifeJanuary 28, 20140 comments
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Hispanic Student Dental Association Wins Diversity Award

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s chapter of the Hispanic Student Dental Association has been named the student group winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awards from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The group will be honored during the University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month event on Monday, Feb. 10.

Adam ZeweGlobal & Community Engagement, UMB NewsJanuary 10, 20140 comments
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