On the Bright Side:

Uplifting Stories
Share yours at elm.umaryland.edu​/submit​/brightside

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is focused on communicating important information and facts, internally and externally, to help us all deal with the issues we are facing during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As an anchor institution in Baltimore and a leader in health sciences and social justice, UMB understands that staying positive during a global pandemic is important. While the COVID-19 crisis has created many challenges, it also has inspired acts of amazing kindness among members of our UMB community.

Please help us find and spread these uplifting stories. Share the inspiring ways in which a member or group from our UMB community has provided selfless or unexpected support during the pandemic. If you have a good story to share about using technology to stay connected, volunteering your skills, sharing supplies, or assisting others during this crisis, we want to hear about it.

Please use this online form to send content for consideration for this new initiative:


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If you encounter an error which reads, "Your form was not submitted, please contact an administrator or try again later",  please email all of your submission content, including all text, image attachments, and what you would select for each checkbox or radio button on the form, to elmsupport@umaryland.edu.


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If you wish for your announcement to be included in the next Elm Weekly email newsletter (see below), it must be published on The Elm website by the previous Wednesday.

Appropriate Content

We do require that all content remain civil and, on behalf of the University, we reserve the right not to publish content that we believe is inappropriate for any reason. Inappropriate content includes, but is not limited to, material that is defamatory, profane, culturally insensitive, offensive, or under copyright.