Diversity and Inclusion

The Robert H. Smith School of Business strives to ensure that all members of the Smith community feel welcomed, valued, and proud of every aspect of who they are. Through education, knowledge creation, advocacy, programming, and support, Maryland Smith commits to building an inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging among all stakeholders.

Victor C. Mullins, PhD
Diversity Officer
Email: vmullins@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2292

It's time to act. #UMDSolidarity

Virtual Events Focus on Traumatizing Effects of Racism

Upcoming Events

Racial Biases in Artificial Intelligence

October 21, 2020, at 6 p.m.

Diversity & the Bottomline

November 10, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Clubs & Associations

Student clubs and organizations keep you involved with campus life — a vital part of the Smith experience. Participating in the many opportunities for learning and achieving that exist everywhere at Smith will change your perspective, your focus — even your life.

Lemma Senbet
An Interview With Professor Lemma W. Senbet
on Covid-19 and Its Impact on Africa in Tadias Magazine.

Read the interview.


#Academics4BlackLives Initiative
The recent murders of Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor, Riah Milton, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many others have sparked an international outcry to protect Black lives and address anti-Black racism. We know that many of our Black academics and colleagues (faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students) have had to endure the pressure and responsibilities of academia while processing the news of the latest in decades and centuries worth of violence against Black people in America. Many Black academics are coping with extreme trauma, actively resisting anti-Black racism, and taking care of themselves and loved ones. This past Wednesday we supported #ShutDownAcademia and we want to continue our commitment to eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and further support our Black academics, colleagues, and Black communities with the #Academics4BlackLives initiative. Download the call to action.

American Bar Association: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

Anti-racism resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein.

Being an Anti-Racist Educator
Every educator at Maryland Smith has a duty to do the work it takes to be an anti-racist educator. This collection of resources is an incomplete starting point for educators to begin this work.

Buy anti-racist books (and any books!) from black-owned bookstores.

Do Your Diversity Efforts Reflect the Experiences of Women of Color? by Tulshyan, Rushika.

Gathering Purpose, Moving Forward
As tens of thousands of people across the country protest senseless police brutality against African Americans in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is asking important questions. Notably, this one: How do we move forward?

Justice in June
Justice in June cultivates a community rooted in truth, inspires action and is committed to awareness.

Kadir Nelson’s “Say Their Names” by The New Yorker
A closeup examination of the artist’s latest cover, in which the murder of George Floyd embodies the history of violence inflicted upon black people in America.

Resources and Accountability for Black Lives by Carlisa Johnson.

Resources to Combat Structural Racism in America by Christen Cromer and Azalea Millan from the Aspen Institute.

Scaffolded list. This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible.

Smith Departmental Prompts to Discuss Race and Racism [PDF]

TED Talks Playlist: Talks to help you understand racism in America.

The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun.

Video: Ibram X. Kendi on "How to Be an Antiracist"

Video: United against racism. We all can do something against racism. You too. Join UNESCO and leading personalities from all over the world in denouncing mounting racial discrimination. Learn more about UNESCO’s work to counter racism and exclusion.

Black Career Zone
The Black Career Zone is the #1 career and job search site for black professionals.

Black EEO Journal
America's leading African-American Business and Career magazine. Our mission is to be the epicenter of information for African-Americans seeking employment and business opportunities within corporate America.

Black Enterprise
Search for jobs. Knowledge center for job search, career management and professional development articles and advice.

Circle of SistersCircle of Sisters
A support and discussion group that addresses such topics as personal concerns, interpersonal & dating relationships, sexuality, and being a black woman on a predominantly white campus. Contact Dr. Kimberly Y. Campbell at kcampbe6@umd.edu.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
CHCI was created to help increase opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American policymaking process. Features scholarships, fellowships and internships.

Diversity Inc.
DiversityInc's mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. Features include "Ask the White Guy", "Things Not to Say", career advice and a job board.

Diversity Jobs
Search engine with jobs from diversity-friendly companies.

Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN)
EAN, launched by EY, is an immersive education program and evergreen community providing under-served founders with access to capital, networks and resources to scale their business. The program consists of three foundational pillars – business community eco-village, curated growth drivers, and an expansive capital network. 

Equal Opportunity Publications
EOP has led the way in diversity recruitment with a portfolio of seven national magazines (Equal Opportunity, Woman Engineer, Minority Engineer, CAREERS and the Disabled, Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals, Hispanic Career World, and African-American Career World). Includes an online job board and Career Expos for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

Greater Diversity News
Jobs, diversity forums, employment research, and minority-related news stories.

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
A national non-profit organization dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares, and connects Latino Leaders in the community, classroom, and workforce.

Search for jobs at companies recruiting talented Hispanic professionals.

IM Diversity
Where careers, opportunities and careers connect.

A diversity hiring platform that partners with companies dedicated to DEI.

Job board for Hispanic and Bilingual professionals.

Managing Leaders of Tomorrow

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community

Saludos Web National Job Listings
Specializes in joining the Hispanic bilingual professional with companies looking for diversity in the workplace.

Scholarships & Resources for Hispanic and Latinx Students

SEO Career
SEO Career is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a more equitable society for people of color. SEO Career trains and coaches college students to secure and succeed in highly coveted internships. SEO Career partners with 80+ Fortune companies. This is a great opportunity to receive career guidance, interview preparation, and technical training to help you prepare for your dream internship. 80% of SEO Career interns receive a full-time job offer upon graduating from college. Apply for 2020 internships today! Email Sabrina Ramirez Slade at sslade@seo-usa.org for more info.

Afro Tech (tech focused resource)
AfroTech offers an aggregation of media relevant to Black-owned businesses and the African-American workforce, with a focus on the tech sector. They also host a multicultural tech conference.

Black Founders (tech, innovation focus)
With a mission to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology, Black Founders offers access to networking events, conferences, and funding opportunities.

CODE 2040 (tech, coding focus)
Code2040 connects Black & Latinx tech talent with companies, mentors, and peers, through career and fellows' programs, volunteering and partnership opportunities as well as hosting community events.

Founders Institute Resource List
This website displays a list of people and organizations working to help black American founders build and grow businesses across the United States, throughout each stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

Innovation Uncovered
The Maryland Department of Commerce has launched “Innovation Uncovered,” a multifaceted program to highlight Maryland’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in 2020.  

Minority Business Development Agency (small business resource, government)
Through a national network of business centers, MBDA provides minority-owned businesses with access to capital, technical assistance, contracts and new market opportunities. MBDA also offers loans and grant programs, as well as research results on latest business data on racial and ethnic populations.

NewMe offers entrepreneurship education programs, serving early-stage businesses. They offer bootcamps led by a network of underrepresented business founders.

OHUB offers a variety of programs to facilitate skills development, job placement, and new job creations. They leverage geographically placed technology hubs, citywide communities, and campus chapters.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
These centers offer training and 1:1 business coaching to start-ups and entrepreneurs across Maryland. Note that similar centers exist in most states and can be found by searching for <State> small business development centers.

UMD's Comprehensive Online Guide for Black Entrepreneurs
This link offers a collection of resources available for supporting Black founders, as well as information and content for anyone interested in learning about and understanding systemic racism. It also consists of upcoming #UMDSolidarity events being hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and campus partners, as well as dozens of tangible actions that can be taken to enact lasting change.

Organizations Helping Minority Women Founders

Black Girl Ventures
Black Girl Ventures funds and scales tech-enabled, revenue-generating businesses (under $1M), founded by people who identify as Black/Brown and women. Their pitch program provides coaching, crowdfunding, and community for winning founders.

Resources That Are Geographically Specific

Chicago: 1871.com
The Pipeline program offers one-on-one training, workshops, and coursework for entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business into a mature stage.

For College Students

National Black MBA case competition (for MBA students)
The National Black MBA Association offers a variety of collegiate-level competitions, conferences, scholarships, webinars, partnerships, and other opportunities.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
SEO offers scholarships and fellowships, and hosts community events for their scholars and alumni.

Toigo (for those who want experience in VC or investment banking)
Toigo offers a scholarship program, with a focus on finance MBA students, as well as events and guidance throughout their scholars' career.

University of Maryland Resources

International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)
ISSS assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the most of their academic experience here.

Other Resources

H1B Visa Support
A guide to H1B visas and U.S. visa sponsorship.

Institute for International Education
Resources & scholarship information for students studying abroad or in the U.S.

International Student
A resource guide for those studying in the U.S. featuring American culture.

My Visa Jobs
Featuring H1B visa reports (by state) and job search tools from top visa sponsors.

US Immigration Support
Online guide to U.S. visas, green cards and citizenship.

The LGBT Equity Center is a unit of the University of Maryland, reporting to the chief diversity officer. Visit our resource center and lounge in 2218 Marie Mount Hall.

We envision the University of Maryland as a fully equitable community that empowers innovators and agents of social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The LGBT Equity Center serves the University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Other Resources

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

Echelon Magazine
Offers business news and information targeted to the GLBT community. Also features an employment board.

HRC: Corporate Equality Index

Human Rights Campaign
LGBT student and professional associations by industry.

LGBTQ+ Drug Rehab
Rehab Spot is a web guide providing reliable information on drug and alcohol use, addiction, and treatment options.

Non-Discrimination Laws
State by state information map.

Opioid Prescriptions: What to Ask
A resource published by Georgetown University's School of Nursing. This resource provides conversational tips for patients discussing opioid prescriptions with their doctors. 11 questions to ask a provider are listed include discussing the reason for being prescribed this particular medication, inquiring about pharmacological and non-pharmacological alternatives to opioids, best practices for storage and disposal of extra pills, and more.

Out and Equal
Shaping the future of Global LGBT workplace equality and inclusion; find jobs at diversity-friendly companies and research careers.

Out For Work
OUT for Work's internship & job board is the only internship and job posting site dedicated to LGBTQA college students.

American Indian College Fund
Features career advice, job postings, internships and scholarship information.

A diversity hiring platform that partners with companies dedicated to DEI.

Native American Jobs
Online job databank available to Native American job seekers, Native American tribes, and tribal organizations.

AFB CareerConnect
Provides employment and job search information developed specifically for the visually impaired job-seeker.

American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Entry Point identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.

Disabilities Gov
Connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.

Viscardi Center
The emerging leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jumpstart their career path and gain a competitive edge.

Getting Hired
A national employment portal that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.

Enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure
A workbook for youth with disabilities.

UMD offers a variety of resources available to lend support to trans students. Many of these resources can be found within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Equity Center at lgbt.umd.edu. Resources include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Community and activities: Check out TransU, a student discussion group within the Pride Alliance. Visit their Facebook group to learn more. Students might also find some of the other student groups to be great spaces to be.
  • Restrooms and locker rooms: Students are able to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity or expression. However, you may also wish to use facilities open to people of any gender. Facilities Management maintains a campus map that displays gender inclusive restrooms at maps.umd.edu/map/. University Recreation and Wellness also maintains two gender inclusive locker rooms. One is in the Eppley Recreation Center and the other is in Ritchie Coliseum.
  • Health and wellness: The University Health Center houses resources about LGBT health, well as a specific page about starting hormone therapy on campus. For any questions about your particular situation, please contact the University Health Center's LGBT Liaison, Jenna Beckwith at 301-314-8130, or the University Health Center Faculty and Staff LGBT Liaison, Joan Bellsey at 301-314-8099. The Counseling Center also offers Rainbow Walk-in Hours for students, staff and faculty who are LGBT or from an LGBT headed family.
  • Incidents, harassment and discrimination: In case of emergency or crime, please contact the Department of Public Safety at umpd.umd.edu. To discuss issues of discrimination or harassment or to file a complaint, contact the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct at umd.edu/ocrsm. Students may also contact a member of UMD’s Conflict Resolvers Network to help explore options.

The Department of Resident Life is committed to making the residence halls a welcoming environment where each person has a rightful place within the community. Resident Life has a staff member dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ students specifically.

Resident assistants and directors have been trained to respond to a wide range of needs covering LGBTQ concerns.

Students living on campus can choose between three different sets of housing options based on their comfort level.

  • Single-gender - Rooms, floors, wings, semi-suites, suites, and apartments that are assigned by sex. Students residing in these assignments share a bedroom and bathroom with students of the same sex or gender. Students residing in these assignments share a bedroom and bathroom with students of the same sex or gender.
  • Mixed-gender - Students live in a room with a student of the same sex or gender, but the room may be next to a room that is occupied by students of different sex or gender. On traditional hall floors, community bathrooms are designated as male or female. Suite and apartment bathroom designations are determined by residents.
  • Gender-inclusive - Students, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity, share the same bedroom. Gender-inclusive traditional hall rooms and semi-suites have a private bathroom. Suite and apartment bathroom designations are determined by residents.


Smith School Resources

Forte Foundation

Forté Foundation
Robert H. Smith School of Business has the distinction of being a Forté Foundation school. The Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to provide a range of resources that help women launch fulfilling, significant careers in business. If you are unfamiliar with the Forté Foundation, please take some time to explore their website and learn more about their initiatives that advance the education and careers of women in business. As a Smith Student – membership does have its privileges!

Lactation Room
A dedicated lactation room is available to Smith School faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  The room is located to your right as you enter the women's bathroom outside of the Frank Auditorium (1524) on the first floor of Van Munching Hall.  The room does not have to be reserved ahead of time and is outfitted with a lock to ensure privacy.

Women Inspire
Women Inspire (formerly Women Leading Women) showcases Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business.

Managing Motherhood — Video Series
Juggling a career and home life is often complicated. Smith management and organization lecturer Nicole Coomber has figured out how to apply business principles to managing her own career and family – and now she has outlined some of the most effective tools to help you, too.

University of Maryland Resources

President’s Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI)
The primary mission of the President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) is to be an advocate for the interests of the entire community of women at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Women’s Studies Department
The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.

Other Resources

Advancing Women
Provides resources and job boards for women, diversity, education and tech candidates.

Career Vanity
Expert career advice for working women.

Feminist Jobs and Internships
A job board that provides feminists with a space to find jobs that progress the status of women or encompass their passion for social justice.

National Association of Women Business Owners - Greater DC

U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau
Formulates standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.

Washington DC's Women's Business

Women Employed
Leading national advocate for women's economic advancement. The group analyzes workplace issues, educates policy makers, and builds support to improve opportunities and incomes.

Women for Hire
Offers a wide variety of career-related information and videos geared to working women, and an online job board that helps leading employers connect with top-notch professional women in all fields.

Robert H. Smith School of Business
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University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
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