Diversity Events

September

September 14, 2020 (All day) to September 20, 2020 (All day)

The DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) is dedicated to exhibiting quality film, web series and television content by and about people of African descent. We support emerging artists striving to add diversity to the images, tastemakers and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. The DCBFF is committed to playing an integral role in discovering, celebrating and helping films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public. As an inclusive festival, the only stipulation for submitting is that one or more of the above the line crew is of African descent. With that stipulation, we seek to ensure that at least one of the key decision makers or performers in a film are of African descent while keeping the door open for artists of all ethnicities to submit.

September 19, 2020 - 9:00am

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, is kicking off the month with a virtual celebration! You and your family are invited to join us for this year’s events, where we’ll be celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture through dance, music, art, film, food, and panel discussions! Tune into Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams® to view this exciting kickoff celebration! 

Join us as we launch this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Staff from M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation shares the importance of commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 19, 2020 - 10:30am

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, is kicking off the month with a virtual celebration! You and your family are invited to join us for this year’s events, where we’ll be celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture through dance, music, art, film, food, and panel discussions! Tune into Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams® to view this exciting kickoff celebration! 

Learn important facts about historical figures, as well as celebrate the diversity of the Latinx culture.

September 19, 2020 - 1:00pm

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, is kicking off the month with a virtual celebration! You and your family are invited to join us for this year’s events, where we’ll be celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture through dance, music, art, film, food, and panel discussions! Tune into Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams® to view this exciting kickoff celebration! 

Enjoy performances by Grupo Miel Band and also a cooking demonstration.

September 19, 2020 - 4:00pm

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, is kicking off the month with a virtual celebration! You and your family are invited to join us for this year’s events, where we’ll be celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture through dance, music, art, film, food, and panel discussions! Tune into Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams® to view this exciting kickoff celebration! 

Join in for a live panel discussion as Latinx leaders in the community give viewers the scoop on voting, the 2020 Census, and history in the County. Guest speakers include Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Daniel Jones, Omar Eaton-Martinez, Ashanti Martinez, and Celina R. Benitez.

September 19, 2020 - 5:00pm

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, is kicking off the month with a virtual celebration! You and your family are invited to join us for this year’s events, where we’ll be celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture through dance, music, art, film, food, and panel discussions! Tune into Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft Teams® to view this exciting kickoff celebration! 

Hear an important message from Chairman Elizabeth M Hewlett of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and M-NCPPC, and Director Bill Tyler of M-NCPPC, department of Parks and Recreation, and watch as they unveil this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month’s poster by contemporary artist Sandra Pérez-Ramos.

September 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Latina/o Studies is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented, and community-centered academic program. USLT teaches students how to conduct research, engage with a Latinx-centered pedagogy, and be part of a community devoted to securing Latinx empowerment, social justice, and civil rights. Join the USLT Charla with Drs. Sharada Balachandran Orihuela and Perla M. Guerrero. What is Latinadad? What’s the x in Latinx? How do we build alliances across race and ethnicity? How do we work toward Black liberation? Use your UMD email to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Zoom Meeting: 945 9224 8721/Passcode 150806

September 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

Learn from Smith Alumni Leading the Forefront of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Tech

Technology has the potential to level the playing field by creating opportunities for all. Recent events have prompted the world's leading tech companies to reconfirm their commitments to scale their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Smith alumni are among those leading the forefront of these critical efforts in Silicon Valley. Learn from them firsthand as they share what they are doing to help their organizations attract more diverse talent, support their current employees from underrepresented backgrounds and build more equitable and inclusive workplaces for all.

Our distinguished panel includes:

  • Sherika Ekpo, FTMBA '09
    Global DEI Lead for AI and Research, Google
  • Jamin Gallman, FTMBA '15
    Head of D&I, SpaceX
  • Akiva Lewis, FTMBA '05
    Principal Diversity Business Partner, Workday
    Formerly Global DEI Lead in Channels Staffing, Google

Moderator:

  • Jeanette Jordan, PTMBA '09
    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, The Kapor Center

Presented by the Office of Career Services.

September 23, 2020 - 2:30pm

Join the Office of Research at the School of International Service at American University as the Ethnographies of Empire Research Cluster, the Antiracist Policy Research Center, and the SIS PhD Program welcome SIS Ph.D. alumna Dr. Melchor Quick Hall to discuss her new book, "Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework.”

September 23, 2020 - 3:00pm

A weekly time to come together and share in some positive community energies. Sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes but typically start on time and last about 10 to 25 minutes. Please arrive on time. A prompt will be given by the facilitator (e.g. draw something that makes you happy today and share; tell us about a favorite class you have taken as a student; write a poem about queerness; etc.) and you have the opportunity to respond to the prompt if you want to, or just to share in the space together. Not every prompt will focus on "queer" identity/issues, but this is an opportunity to come together with the LGBT Equity Center community, and the sessions are facilitated by one of our staff members - Shantala, Luke, or Shige. Open to UMD students, staff, and faculty. 

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June

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.

LGBTQ+ LOFT Charla

June 12, 2020

A special LOFT Charla celebrating pride and discussing Latinx LGBTQ+ experiences, perspectives and ideas.

Smith Summer Reading Dialogue

June 17, 2020

Homework:

  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

A virtual open forum facilitated by Victor Mullins, 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

Mullins will be joined by:

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

LOFT Charla hosted Hispanic Heritage Foundation

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

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosted a LOFT Charla sponsored by AARP, which included an exclusive film screening of "Acuitzeramo." A celebration of PRIDE and discussing 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.

July

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.

Smith Day of Solidarity

July 31, 2020

The Smith community is invited to pause normal work activities to support our work toward becoming a wholeheartedly anti-racist community. Please take this time to learn, reflect and act as we work toward creating a more just and equitable society, and a more inclusive learning environment at Smith. Read the full letter and see list of suggested activities.

January

BMGT469K: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context

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 »

February

Black History Month Social and Showcase

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

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 »

March

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.

Women Inspire

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 »

April

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.

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.

August

Diversity Training for MBA Students

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Facilitator: Kelvin Womack, Retired Principal in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice

Diversity Training for Master's Students

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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

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Victor Mullins and the Smith undergraduate staff host an intimate gathering for newly admitted diversity freshmen and transfers and current diversity students.

October

Latinx Heritage Month Social and Showcase

See photos from the event ¦ WATCH VIDEO

ALPFA UMD

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

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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

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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.

November

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

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

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