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Panel Discusses Latinx Community’s Successes, Challenges

Vanessa Gonzalez, diversity fellow with UMB’s Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives, facilitated a panel discussion with members of the Latinx community from Baltimore businesses and art- and community-based organizations Sept. 29 at the SMC Campus Center.

The discussion, titled “Adelante: Baltimore’s Booming Latinx Community,” covered the work and successes occurring in the Latinx community, difficulties the community has faced in Baltimore, and how to be an ally to the community, specifically those who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients or undocumented.

The panel started with a discussion of the Latinx community and stereotypes. The panel members agreed on the importance of recognizing that there is no one color or type of person who fits the definition of Latinx. Panel members Gustavo Minaya and Jesus Perez expressed the importance of understanding that members of the Latinx community are at different stages of documentation and, no matter their stage, they are contributing to society.

The discussion moved on to the work and successes the panel has seen in the Latinx community. Panel member Valeria Puentes discussed her work in organizing the SOMOS Latinx Art and Culture Festival last April and how it allowed for connections to be made throughout the city and provided a missing space for the community. The discussion also covered the role of CASA de Maryland in the community as well as the Esperanza Center, southeast high school Latinx groups, and Centro SOL.

Finally, the panel closed with how to be an ally for the Latinx community, specifically DACA recipients or undocumented. The panel recommended talking and working with members and organizations in the community to see what needs must be addressed and where your efforts would be most appreciated.

Elizabeth Gosselin University LifeOctober 12, 20170 comments
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Language Access Helps Health and Human Services Professionals Communicate

The Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) started Hispanic Heritage Month with two events focused on language access, “Nos Entendemos? The Value of Linguistic Competence in Serving the Latinx Population” and “Aquí Se Habla Español: Language Access in Health Care Services.”

Language access is the oral and written language services needed to assist English language learners and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate effectively with practitioners and administrators. Both events discussed language access services as a protected right for all people and a responsibility of all programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It reads, “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The first event, “Nos Entendemos? The Value of Linguistic Competence in Serving the Latinx Population,” was facilitated by Sandra Quezada, MD, MS, assistant dean for admissions and assistant dean for Academic and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The presentation focused on the responsibility of health and human services practitioners to provide quality service, care, and education to clients, patients, and students by utilizing language access services.

The second event, “Aquí Se Habla Español: Language Access in Health Care Services,” was facilitated by Veronique Felix of Maryland Legal Aid. This session defined common terms, regulations, and best practices in regard to language access resources.

Both presenters shared helpful protocol on when and how to use language access services. Here is a summary of those suggestions.

  • Be sure to ask clients and patients if they would like to have a free translator to communicate.
  • Always aim to make language access accommodations when an appointment is being scheduled or before the client or patient arrives to receive service or conduct business.
  • Do not use friends, family, or untrained staff as translators.
  • Be sure to have documents and any written correspondence translated for clients and patients into the native language.
  • Be sure all staff members are trained and knowledgeable about the language access resources available and know how to access and use those resources.
  • When working in person with an interpreter, speak directly to your client or patient rather than speaking to the interpreter.

Each presenter ended with a call to action for all organizations to offer more training for working with interpreters, developing and using oral and written language access resources, and creating workplace policies and tool kits that specifically address how to properly serve English language learners and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you would like to stay up to date on programs and training offered by ISLSI in the areas of diversity and identity education, subscribe to the monthly newsletter. Contact Ebony Nicholson at with questions, comments, or suggestions.

Ebony Nicholson Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 11, 20170 comments
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DACA Support

In response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was being rescinded, Campus Life Services organized listening sessions to solicit feedback regarding how to move forward as a University community to support individuals who are affected directly or indirectly by this announcement. The feedback, compassion, and support toward DACA students and their families expressed in those listening sessions was palpable.

A number of excellent suggestions were provided as a result through those listening sessions. A DACA resources page is available here. Please review the information there to learn how to find help and how to get involved. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. University President Jay A. Perman, MD, has expressed his support for DACA students and their families.

Also be aware of several events:
• The Carey School of Law’s Immigration Clinic will provide free, confidential legal services to UMB students, faculty, staff, and family members for DACA renewals on Monday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. Register here. Individuals who currently have work authorization pursuant to the DACA program that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, may apply to renew their DACA work authorization. The deadline for filing the renewal application is Oct. 5, 2017.

Organizing for DREAMers will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center Green Room. It will include both bystander and know-your-rights information, presented by CASA.

• The UMB Student Counseling Center stands ready to assist any student who is experiencing distress. Counseling services are free, and information will not be shared with anyone without your written permission. Health Sciences and Human Services Library, 4th floor, Suite 440. 410-328-8404. Contact person: Emilia K. Petrillo

Chris Zang Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 21, 20170 comments
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network (EIN) is pleased to present the 1st annual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo (EIX) at UMB.

Join us for a half-day event celebrating all of the entrepreneurial and innovative endeavors at UMB. Events will include talks at the student, faculty, and student levels, as well as a keynote presentation from the President’s White Paper Fellows.

Other events will include tabling sessions from local entrepreneurial entities and groups.

EIX will highlight UMB’s entrepreneurial progress and achievements through presentations by student and faculty entrepreneurs, as well as through panel discussions with key university entrepreneurs. By attending EIX, you will play an active role in aligning and fostering UMB’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Keynote Presentation

UMB president’s fellows white paper presentation

Other UMB Speakers

  • Student entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Faculty and staff entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Entrepreneurial strategists

Event Details

Monday, April 3, 2017
11 a.m.
SMC Campus Center Elm Ballroom A&B


Alex Meltzer Collaboration, People, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 7, 20170 comments
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Women’s Bodies and Concepts of Professionalism

On Wednesday, March 2, Cristina Khan, doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, conducted a lunch and learn presentation entitled, “Dressing the Part(s): Women of Color in the Workplace.” This discussion focused on women and their bodies in traditional office settings. It addressed intersectionality in professionalism, gendered markers of professionalism, dress code language targeted specifically toward feminine presenting people, and the contradicting perception of casual socialization between women verses men.

Khan defined intersectionality as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creative overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”

The presentation covered many markers of professionalism, Khan discussed a few that disproportionately impact feminine presenting people in the workplace such as perceived positive attitude, appropriate dress, and networking in comparison to masculine presenting people.

In discussing appropriate work attire, the focus was on dissecting the lean Eurocentric standards of professional dress, appearance, and body size that serve as the foundation for most dress codes. In Khan’s research she has found that professional women with larger bodies tend to be policed more and this heightened level of observation has negative impacts on career advancement.

The presentation concluded with verbal and written participant reflections. One attendee said: “there needs to be an open dialogue with other professionals about the stigmatization of women’s bodies.” Many expressed new knowledge and understanding of the complexities surrounding intersectionality and professionalism for women.

Please join the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Mailing List to receive monthly updates on cultural competence enrichment programs offered by ISLSI. If you would like more information on what ISLSI is doing or to request a training, please visit or email

Ebony Nicholson Bulletin Board, Education, People, University LifeMarch 7, 20170 comments
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Black Lives Matter Conversation

A Conversation on “Black Lives Matter” and Beyond

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, Farajii Muhammad of the radio show “Listen Up!” facilitated a conversation with members of the UMB community on modern day activism. This group discussion covered the history of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, concepts of being an agent of change, and general activism tips for everyday people.

Muhammad defined a movement as “a momentum of activities created by singular incidents tied to one common cause or goal.” He drew on author Malcolm Gladwell’s concept of a “tipping point” – the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change (Gladwell, 2000) – in his definition of how the BLM movement and similar movements launched.

The discussion moved on to explore general concepts of activism. The facilitator outlined four key concepts of activism: (1) critical thinking; (2) consistency in the work and message; (3) being prepared to make people uncomfortable; and (4) having the ability to see “what could be” out of “what is broken.”

He also led an activity, “Activism 101,” where he outlined steps of activism. This event allowed attendees to explore their roles in social change, the importance of intersectional activism, and how to be a more engaged citizen. The program closed with a lively discussion on where to go for opportunities, resources, and how to stay abreast of the issues.

When asked about the event, ISLSI director, Courtney Jones Carney, stated: “in a time when many UMB students, staff, and faculty members are approaching our office searching for ways to get involved, this was a must-attend event.”

For more information on what ISLSI is doing or to request a training, please visit or email

Gladwell, Malcolm. 2000. The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference. Boston: Little, Brown.

Ebony Nicholson Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 13, 20170 comments
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World Hijab Day 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, five UMB Muslim hijabi women shared their experiences as practicing Muslims and the reasons why they chose a life of modesty.

Event moderator, Therwa Hamza, a postdoctoral fellow, shared that her choice to wear a hijab led to a conscious and devoted effort to live and dress modestly. She added that the hijab is not simply a head covering; for her, it is a call to display the principles of her religion.

Unlike the other panelists, Lauren Kareem of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, was not born into a Muslim family. She informed the audience that she is the first Muslim person in her immediate family. For Kareem, in addition to communicating her religious affiliation, the hijab has helped her to feel like part of a community. Many of the panelists stated, they are often greeted with “As-salāmu ʿalaykum,” which means peace be upon you, by strangers, while walking around Baltimore.

Other Panelists

Other panelists included, Hager El-Gendi, a PharmD student from the School of Pharmacy; Bashayer Baras, a PhD student in the Department of Biomaterial Studies; and Duaa Almarzooqui, a PhD candidate at the School of Nursing.


After the panelists and moderator shared their journeys toward wearing the hijab, the conversation was opened to audience questions, such as “What do you wear while swimming?” and “Do you feel safe in this country given the current anti-Muslim rhetoric?”

While none of the participants noted any recent anti-Muslim encounters, one audience member pointed out that her hijab communicates a very intimate detail of her life that is not visible when looking at non-Hijabi women. Her insight highlights the difficult choice of many Muslims to wear a symbol that indicates they practice a religion that is sometimes taboo in this country.


World Hijab Day provided the opportunity for individuals to share their stories, identify differences and similarities, learn from others, and form important allyships. Over 30 people attended this event, many of whom chose to wear a hijab for the remainder of the day.

For more information on ISLSI, or to request a training, please visit or email

Courtney Jones Carney Education, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 7, 20172 comments
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Demonstrating Your Value

UMBrella Lunch & Learn: Demonstrating Your Value

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Noon1:30 p.m.
BioPark – Discover Auditorium

Empirical research demonstrates that women and their work are disproportionately undervalued within organizations. Join us for a robust discussion of this research and proven strategies for ensuring that the value you add to your institution is recognized and rewarded.

This is a brown bag lunch event. Light refreshments will be served.


Paula Monopoli, JD
Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law
Founding Director, Women, Leadership & Equality Program
Francis King Carey School of Law

Camilla Kyewaah Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeJanuary 26, 20170 comments
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American Sign Language

American Sign Language Course

UMB students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply to participate in the Hearing and Speech Agency’s eight-week American Sign Language – Level 1 & 2 course available at UMB this fall.

Fall classes will consist of ASL 1 & 2, which will meet on Mondays at noon. Individuals interested in ASL 3 & 4 for the spring will need to apply after completing ASL 1 & 2. Applicants must be available for all classes in order to apply. For more information, please email

Greg Brightbill Education, University LifeAugust 30, 20161 comment
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Welcome Month

Campus Life Presents: UMB Welcomes You!

Whether you’re brand new to the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), or returning for another year of classes, Campus Life Services would like to welcome you with a series of exciting events.

Join us for ice cream, an outdoor movie, a festival, and more!

Start off the year by making connections with other students, learning about UMB, and getting to know your campus and the surrounding city.

For a full list of events, please visit

Stephanie ZingerABAE, Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB Go Green, University Life, USGAAugust 10, 20160 comments
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