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Diversity and Inclusion

Learn more about the success of our diversity, inclusion, and social justice efforts and the resources available to our community members.

Diversity Statement

The College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park values the identities of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  We seek opportunities to provide development in the facilitation of positive interactions among our college and campus community. We support broader campus efforts that affirm equity-centered practices and value diversity in our recruitment and hiring. 

The College of Education remains committed to recognizing and promoting research and innovative pedagogy that highlights dimensions of diversity.   Annually, we review the portfolio of courses open to all students on a variety of topics, including human development, counseling, equitable schooling, education policy, immigration, English learners, exceptional learners, and international education. As a leading learning institution, we pursue shared goals to create an intellectually diverse academic environment.

The College of Education will consistently strive to reduce any barriers that exist across race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, dialect, health, veteran status, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic regions. We welcome the contributions of groups and individuals locally and globally. We aim to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services. We endeavor to engage and develop all of our stakeholders. Our College seeks to create a robustly inclusive and inviting community. 

College of Education Council on Racial Equity and Justice (COREJ)

The mission of the Council on Racial Equity and Justice (pronounced COURAGE) is to elevate research and amplify faculty, staff and student voices on matters of structural and systemic racism, white supremacy, anti-Blackness and the intersecting issues of oppression and power within the College of Education (COE). Members serve as advisors, liaisons, and data gatherers to provide the Dean of COE with recommendations on how to move forward with racial equity and justice initiatives, policies, and practices. Central to the mission of COREJ is having representation from all departments, faculty, staff, and students at all levels. The COE’s values of impact, excellence, diversity, inclusion, innovation, social justice, collaboration and community will undergird the work of the council.

Council Member Responsibilities

  • Operate from a set of principles that are derived collaboratively with other council members
  • Develop an assessment (e.g. equity audit) to research what is being done in each department around racial equity and justice
  • Design a comprehensive plan for COE in addressing inequities, clearly identifying markers of progress, and accountability 
  • Draft a vision for COE to advance racial equity and justice efforts based on data gathered
  • Partner with the COE Senate, COE Faculty of Color, APT Committees, and other COE groups to advance racial equity, and justice goals

Students, staff and faculty from every department and unit within COE who had a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and justice were invited to apply. Members attended bimonthly meetings, engaged in continual self-reflection and learning opportunities on equity and justice, formed into sub teams and collected data on the student experience. Members served this academic year from November 2020- May 2021, and may be eligible to reapply for the following year.

Click on the link below to see the 2021 COREJ council list and information on COE's racial equity audit.

Council on Racial Equity and Justice

In June 2020, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched a Week of Solidarity and Reflection following the spate of police killings of African Americans and the national protests drawing attention to longstanding racial inequities in the U.S. 

#UMDSolidarity events have been organized to express and listen to the pain, frustration, grief and more that many in our communities are now feeling. Next week will be a Week of Action, in hopes to engage in more community-building, truth-telling and action-planning for UMD.

For updates and information on how you can be a part of #UMDSolidarity visit  

From Action to Impact: The 2022 Strategic Plan of the UMD College of Education

The College's five-year strategic plan outlines our mission, vision and values, as well as three pillars of action we will address over the coming years. Diversity and inclusion, along with social justice, are core values of our institution.

Our Eight Core Values are:

Impact: What we do makes a difference.
Excellence: We approach our work with integrity, rigor and a focus on quality.
Diversity and Inclusion: We engage, acknowledge, and honor a wide variety of ideas, voices, and perspectives.
Innovation: We do not rely on the status quo; we are pioneers.
Social Justice: We believe that resources should be equitably available to everyone in society; we believe in the dignity and humanity of all people.
Collaboration: We achieve more when we support one another and work together to reach our strategic goals.
Community: We are each part of something bigger; we engage with and support communities both internal and external to our College. 



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Meet Our Diveristy Officer

Diversity Officer Bridget Turner Kelly

Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly is the College of Education's Diversity Officer, and Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland. She received her master’s degree and PhD in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Maryland. For nine years she was Associate Professor and Program Chair of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to that, Dr. Kelly was Associate Professor of Student Development at Seattle University and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. Her scholarship focuses on marginalized populations in higher education, such as women and faculty of Color. She has authored over 25 publications, including, two articles that have received over 200 citations each and two that have been cited in AMICUS briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases.

For more information about Dr. Kelly, please go to:

Meet our ADVANCE Professor

Patricia Alexander

A former middle-school teacher, Dr. Alexander received her reading specialist degree from James Madison University in 1979 and her Ph.D. in reading from the University of Maryland in 1981. Her research focuses on literacy and reading comprehension, learning and academic development, critical and relational reasoning, epistemic beliefs, and expertise. After completing her Ph.D., she joined the faculty at Texas A&M University before returning to UMD as a professor in 1995. Her honors include the Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contributions to literacy research from the National Reading Conference (2001), the E. L. Thorndike Award for Career Achievement in Educational Psychology from APA Division 15 (2006), and the Sylvia Scribner Career Award from AERA Division C (2007). She has also received university-level honors for both her teaching and her research.

For more information about Dr. Alexander, please go to:




Cultural and community resources college resources Campus resources academic support

MICA-Multicultural     Involvement & Community Advocacy

Address: 1120  Stamp Student Union                     

                               Phone: 301-314-8600


Office of Student Services 


Address: 1204 Benjamin Bldg


Phone: 301-405- 2364

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 


Address: 2414 Marie Mount    Hall                               


Phone: 301-405-2838


Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate       Achievement    Program

                              Address: 2202 Marie Mount Hall 


Phone: 301-405-4749


The LGBTQ Equity Center 

Address: 2218 Marie Mount Hall

The College of Education Diversity Officer      

Address: 3232 Benjamin Bldg.

Phone: 301.405.0023

Office of Graduate Diversity & Inclusion 

Address: 2123 Lee Bldg.


Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMSE)

Address: 1101 Hornbake Library

Phone: 301-405-5616

Multiracial               and Multicultural Student Involvement

Native American       Indian Student Involvement

Asian American & Pacific Islander     Student Involvement

Black Student Involvement

Interfaith Programs & Spiritual Diversity

Latinx Student Involvement

Autism               Self Advocacy & Support Group


Undocumented Student Resources

This website provides resources for University of Maryland students who have an immigrant identity and experience. This website also has both on-campus and off-campus resources for the broader campus community.


Phone: 301-405-5084

UMD Counseling Center: Accessibility & Disability Services


Phone: 301-314-7682

Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMSE) Tutoring





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Please contact the individuals listed on the websites above for details. The scholarships and fellowships above are from organizations outside of the University of Maryland College Park. While the University is not responsible for funding these opportunities, please go to for UMD scholarships.

The College of Education has a wealth of news and events related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Below are recent events.

Dr. Ebony Terrell Shockley Co-PI of NSF Grant to create pathways to science research (Oct. 27, 2020)

Math Education Ph.D. Student Francesca Henderson receives American Educator Panels Award (Oct. 23, 2020)

Watch Drs. Diaz McKechnie, Shin, Terrell Shockley, Napp Avelli, & Kelly in Why I Vote and #EdTerpVote Videos. (Oct. 10, 2020)

Drs. Quintos, Galindo, and Napp-Avelli receive 2.5M NSF grant to study math in multilingual classrooms (Sept. 24, 2020)

"We must all rise up to face racial injustice" - President Daryl Pines (Aug 27. 2020)

"Are Campus Leaders Prepared for the Impact of the Racial Crisis?" (Jul 7, 2020)

#UMDSolidarity and the Diversity Gap Podcast (June 5, 2020)

Virtual Sunshine: Video lessons for professional school counselors with Drs. Jessica McKechnie & Natasha Mitchell (May 27, 2020)

Professor Kimberly Griffin Appears in @NewRepublic Article (May 28, 2020)

First Black UMD-COE Grad Elaine Johnson-Coates ('59) Receives Honorary Degree (May 22, 2020)

Fulbright Award from COE Student (May 21, 2020)

Associate Professor Michelle Espino Receives Faculty Mentoring of the Year Award (May 20, 2020)

Celebrating Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Heritage Month (May 12, 2020)

Director & Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Candace Moore on Panel: Emerging Issues in African University (May 12, 2020)

Undergraduate Research Fellows for Project RISE  (led by COE Assistant Professor Shenika Hankerson) (April 23, 2020) 

Anti-Bias Curricula in Early Childhood Education (March 2020)

Researchers to Study COVID 19 Discrimination (March 3, 2020)

Designing Core Practices for English Learners (February 27, 2020)

College of Education Alumni of Color Reception (February 25, 2020)

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast Podcast featuring Professor Fries-Britt (February 25, 2020)

COE Diversity Officer Recognized at Symposium (February 13, 2020)

Study STEAM Education in Mexico (February 12, 2020)

School District Partnership on Improving Schools (January 18, 2020) 

Assistant Professor Richard Prather Interviewed for The New York Times Magazine (January 6, 2020)

Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them, around the world, who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy into making the history that led to this moment.

Truth and acknowledgement are critical in building mutual respect and connections across all barriers of heritage and difference.

So, we acknowledge the truth that is often buried: We are on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway People, who are the ancestral stewards of this sacred land. It is their historical responsibility to advocate for the four-legged, the winged, those that crawl and those that swim. They remind us that clean air and pristine waterways are essential to all life.

This Land Acknowledgement is a vocal reminder for each of us as two-leggeds to ensure our physical environment is in better condition than what we inherited, for the health and prosperity of future generations.

The COE Bias Incident Response Team aids students,faculty, and staff who experienced or witnessed an incident of hate/bias, harassment, and/or discrimination.Our aim is to create a support system with a clear set of options that empowers the individual experiencing harm to choose their own path to healing,reconciliation, and reparations.


Bias Incident Response Team.pdf


Bias Incident Response Team

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