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. 

Julie J. Park

Dear College of Education Alumni and Friends,
 
Like so many of you, I have been following the events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I find myself filled with sadness, frustration, and at times, even despair as I witness the intractable racism, discrimination and violence that continues to grip communities, large and small, across the country.
 
Sadly, this is a road well-traveled for our nation. Tragedies like the deaths of George Floyd, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Lt. Richard Collins III, and so many others expose implicit and explicit racism experienced by people of color every day in so many ways. Inequity is pervasive. The current events are unfolding the context of a global pandemic that has revealed stark and troubling inequities in health care, and many of us know well the disparities in education that undermine the life opportunities of black and brown individuals in our communities. The events that we are witnessing today reinforce the important work and commitments of so many members of our College community – to combat inequity and inequality – to push back against the racism and hate that continues to undermine our progress toward a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.

I want you all to know that I recognize the toll that this latest round of national unrest is taking on many of you, and that it is another difficult chapter in our history of fighting for civil rights.  I stand firmly with those on the side of equality and social justice.  Combatting racism requires a great investment from all of us, and I am committed to continuing to engage in this work alongside each of you.  It is all of our responsibility to build an inclusive community of excellence where all individuals feel safe, supported, welcomed, and celebrated.

Take care,

Jennifer

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Jennifer King Rice

Dean and Professor

College of Education

This past week, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched a Week of Solidarity and Reflection following the latest 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 go.umd.edu/UMDSolidarity.  

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. 

 

A collage of three pictures of diverse teachers and learners.
Meet Our Diversity 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: https://education.umd.edu/directory/bridget-turner-kelly

 

Meet our ADVANCE Professor
Patricia Alexander
Meet Our ADVANCE Professor

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: https://education.umd.edu/directory/patricia-alexander

 

 

Cultural and community resources college resources Campus resources academic support

MICA-Multicultural     Involvement & Community Advocacy

Address: 1120  Stamp Student Union                     

                               Phone: 301-314-8600

Email: MICA-contact@umd.edu

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

Email: DiverseTerps@umd.edu

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate       Achievement    Program

                              Address: 2202 Marie Mount Hall 

 

Phone: 301-405-4749

 Email: rnedd@umd.edu

The LGBTQ Equity Center 

Address: 2218 Marie Mount Hall

Email:lgbt@umd.edu

The College of Education Diversity Officer      

Address: 2304B                     Benjamin Bldg. 

Email:eterrell@umd.edu

Office of Graduate Diversity & Inclusion 

Address: 2123 Lee Bldg.

             Email:cperez6@umd.edu 

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.

Email: undoc@umd.edu

Phone: 301-405-5084

UMD Counseling Center: Accessibility & Disability Services

Email: adsfrontdesk@umd.edu

Phone: 301-314-7682

Office of Multi-Ethnic Education (OMSE) Tutoring

 

 

 

 

undergraduate scholarships graduate scholarships graduate fellowships funding for high school students

 

 

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 https://education.umd.edu/admissions/funding-scholarships 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)

We believe it is important to create dialogue to honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. So, we acknowledge the truth that is often buried: We are on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway People, who were among the first in the Western Hemisphere. We are on indigenous land that was stolen from the Piscataway People by European colonists. We pay respects to Piscataway elders and ancestors. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.