Diversity Events

Summer 2020 Events


Smith Summer Reading Dialogue

August 17, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.


Read "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo.




Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Latinx Community LOFT Charla

June 5, 2020

Join us for this LOFT Charla as we provide a platform to share experiences, resources, and programs addressing the food insecurity that is disproportionately impacting the Latino community during the current pandemic. Speakers from all over the country will be joining to share more information about food assistance locations and programs in their respective states.


June 12, 2020
4-5:15 p.m. EST

Join us for this special LOFT Charla as we celebrate pride and provide a platform to discuss Latinx LGBTQ+ experiences, perspectives and ideas.

Smith Summer Reading Dialogue

June 17, 2020


  1. Read A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay | Watch video
  2. Read Dear White America by Danez Smith | Watch video
  3. Read Woke up to Today, Again by Smith Alum Steven Asifo '14

Smith Alumni Open Forum — Solidarity and Solutions

June 29, 2020
5-6 p.m.

Smith alumni are invited to join a virtual open forum facilitated by Victor Mullins, PhD, diversity officer and associate dean of undergraduate programs at Maryland Smith. Our strong and connected Smith alumni community will have the opportunity to come together and join in an open dialogue on racism, educate each other and share a call to action.

Alumni Open Forum Speakers: Victor Mullins, Nadine Payne, Maurice Nick, Foluke Tuakli

Victor Mullins will be joined by:

  • Maurice Nick, '12, MBA/MS '16
  • Nadine Payne, MBA '15
  • Foluke Tuakli '16

We hope you can join us.

Smith faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend.

LOFT Charla hosted Hispanic Heritage Foundation

June 30, 2020
4-5:30 p.m. EST

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is hosting a LOFT Charla sponsored by AARP, which will include an exclusive film screening of “Acuitzeramo.” Join us as we continue to celebrate PRIDE and provide a platform to discuss Latinx LGBTQ+ experiences, perspectives and ideas through film.

“Acuitzeramo” which explores a segment of our community that is rarely taken into account: gay Latinx elders. In many areas of society, it seems like our elders, especially our queer elders, are pushed aside and forgotten. We want to tell this story in hopes of reviving respect for this segment of our community and remind us that it is precisely at this time in their lives that they need compassion and love.



Snider Enterprise and Leadership Fellows (SELF)

July 19-31, 2020

A two-week summer program designed for rising 11th and 12th graders to explore entrepreneurship and business foundations through reality-based learning exercises. Learn more.



Diversity Training for MBA Students ¦ WATCH VIDEO
Facilitator: Kelvin Womack, Retired Principal in Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice

Diversity Training for Master's Students ¦ WATCH VIDEO
Facilitator: Kelvin Womack, Retired Principal in Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice

Diversity Training for Part-Time MBA Students
Facilitator: Carlton E. Green, Director, Diversity Training & Education, University of Maryland

Diversity Open House for African American and Latinx Admitted Students
Victor Mullins and the Smith undergraduate staff host an intimate gathering for newly admitted diversity freshmen and transfers and current diversity students.


Latinx Heritage Month Social and Showcase
See photos from the event ¦ WATCH VIDEO


Smith celebrates Latinx month with our Latinx community happy hour! Great food! Performances! Music and dancing! Simply celebrating! 

An Evening with Dean Mullins and Tonie Leatherberry
See photos from the event

Victor C. Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, in a dialogue with Tonie Leatherberry — this "fireside chat" offered a variety of insights. Leatherberry is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP and the president of the Deloitte Foundation. She has served many Fortune 100 manufacturing, retail, and consumer business clients over the course of her career and recently served on Deloitte Consulting LLP’s board of directors. Consulting Magazine also acknowledged Leatherberry’s leadership in her former role as Deloitte Consulting’s chief inclusion officer by citing the firm for its excellence in diversity. In addition, Consulting Magazine named Leatherberry one of the top 25 consultants in the world, and The Network Journal recognized her in its 2016 list of 25 influential black women in business.

Chinese Name Pronunciation Workshop ¦ WATCH VIDEO

Building a community of mutual respect and camaraderie can begin with a name. Victor Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, and Minglang Zhou, associate professor and director of the University of Maryland Chinese program, had a 45-minute brief workshop bringing together students, staff and faculty who desire to properly address members of our Smith community.

LOFT CharlaSmith Charla ¦ WATCH VIDEO

Facilitated by Victor C. Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School, and Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Smith hosted its first charla during this special month. A charla is an opportunity to share what you want, however you want. The charlas were created to inspire and connect leaders from different backgrounds in a supportive family-like environment. You can expect to make deep connections through your shared experiences at our LOFT charlas. In a series of back to back presentations on everything from technology, entrepreneurship, to wellness, the charlas amplify the impact of innovators by connecting them to the global LOFT network. Speakers with diverse backgrounds and interests each have five minutes to present about anything they would like. Our charlas attract professionals in different stages of their careers who sing, perform and share their personal and/or professional passions during their five minutes. The varied content of the participants and diversity of the attendees create an open, collaborative environment where participants will learn from each other and hopefully create new fruitful relationships. It's more than networking it's family.


Smith Pride Alliance: Hear My Story

MBA classmates shared their personal experiences with overcoming adversity or discrimination, accepting part of their identity, and the impact that identity has had on their personal or professional lives.

Salsa con LAMABSA

The Latin MBA Association hosted its annual "Salsa con LAMABSA" dance class for the Smith community.

Future Women in Business Conference ¦ WATCH VIDEO

The Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Smith Women in Business Association hosted the seventh annual Future Women in Business Conference and case competition.

Beginning March 18, 2020, the Undergraduate Program Office will be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. For questions related to diversity programming please contact Jeanette Snider at jsnider@rhsmith.umd.edu For information from the university regarding coronavirus please visit umd.edu/virusinfo.


International Game Night

Join the Diversity Empowerment Council for a game night for Smith students. Food will be provided.

Cross-Cultural Charla

This conversational TED-talk style event will allow students of diverse backgrounds to share their experiences, struggles and accomplishments and ultimately teach USG Smith students about how they arrived at where they are today. The goal is to emphasize the value and importance of diversity on campus as well as how to utilize and highlight differences in preparation for interviews and recruitment for internships.

Ladies First Dingman Fridays

Come check out a special Ladies First edition of Dingman Fridays, featuring a lineup of all-female advisors who are available to give feedback on your business ideas. Make an appointment with an advisor at go.umd.edu/dfadvising or simply walk-in. Contact Lottie Byram at lbyram@rhsmith.umd.edu.


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Social and Showcase

Smith celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander month with our community happy hour! Come to relax and enjoy performances of song, poetry, dance and more as we celebrate the diversity of the Asian American community at Smith specifically highlighting the South East Asian Smith community.

2020 Men of Distinction Summit

The Smith Men of Distinction Summit is a diversity conference for current Smith students and prospective high school students. Student leaders and men from local high schools in the DC metro area will come to Smith for a day of empowerment and exploration. Hosted by Smith Business Academy.

Rainbow BBQ

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at Smith with music, drinks and food!

Other Events

Prince George's Case Competition

Each year, the Smith Undergraduate Program partners with the Omega Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity to sponsor a case competition comprised of students from our local Prince George’s County high schools. This is an invitation-only event, and we look forward to hosting more talented students in March 2020.

Concluded Events

BMGT469K: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context
January 5-19, 2020

The course provides opportunities for theoretical engagement, experiential learning and reflection through a combination of case studies, site visits and meetings with social innovators, activists, and local individuals seeking systemic change in the surrounding communities of Cape Town, South Africa. Students are immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies. A diverse group of students is purposefully selected for this course to engage in difficult conversations around issues of race/racism, gender equality, religious expression, socioeconomic opportunity, sexual orientation, politics and cultural diversity in South Africa and the United States. Student reflections »

On Being Mixed Race
February 4, 2020

Ahamefule J. Oluo is an award-winning musician, composer, writer and stand-up comic. His sister, Ijeoma Oluo, is a New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. As Black-identifying, multi-racial siblings raised in Seattle by a white single mother, the siblings’ lives and careers have straddled racial lines and artistic genres —exploring the nuances of race, culture and how we treat each other. Dive into the difficult waters of race, politics and art with the Oluo duo as they tell the story of their origin. Learn more.

Black History Month Social and Showcase
February 13, 2020

Smith celebrates Black History Month with our community happy hour! Come to relax and enjoy performances of song, poetry, dance and more as we celebrate the diversity of the Black/African American community at Smith.

For Terps By Terps: Fireside Chat with Black Entrepreneurs
February 26, 2020

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, Office of Diversity Initiatives at Smith, and the Student Success Leadership Council are sponsoring an event "For Terps By Terps" which includes a fireside chat with dynamic Terps to share their experiences as young, Black entrepreneurs! This chat will be followed by breakout sessions covering key business basics of business. This fireside chat and breakout sessions will offer you creative insights and a toolkit to help you navigate the highs and lows of starting a business. Come ready to hear inspirational stories from your fellow Terps! Read news story »

A Conversation with Suzanne Clark, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
March 2, 2020

The Center for Global Business hosted a conversation with Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in celebration of Women’s History Month at Maryland Smith. The conversation focussed on the U.S. Chamber’s goals for global trade and new workforce development initiatives, Clark’s career path, and the challenges and opportunities for women in international business.

Women Inspire
March 5, 2020

Women Inspire (formerly Women Leading Women) will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. This annual event celebrates female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential. Hosted by Smith's Office of Alumni Relations. Read the news story »

Claiming and Creating Your Space at Smith and Beyond
March 9, 2020

Emanuela Kucik, assistant professor of English and Africana studies at Muhlenberg College gave a talk to Smith students about navigating the University of Maryland as members of underrepresented groups, drawing upon her experiences as a Black woman undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill and PhD candidate at Princeton University.