Past Events


January 14, 2021 - 6:00pm

How do you define being an ally, partner, accomplice or co-conspirator? Join the Smith community to learn more about what it means to show up as an ally.

Smith alumni panelists will share examples of effective and ineffective forms of allyship at work. Moderated by Jeanette Snider, Ph.D., associate director of undergraduate programs, this open discussion will provide steps on how to navigate moments where you can show up in the workplace for your team and colleagues.

Alumni Panel

  • Steven Asifo '14, Manager, Information Security, Verizon Media
  • Emmy Lang-Kennedy MBA '13, Manager, Career Growth and Transitions, Deloitte Services
  • Michael Parra MBA '20, Management Associate, Citi

Steven AsifoEmmy Lang-KennedyMichael ParraJeanette Snider

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Allison Schwarz at Requests made by January 7 will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


December 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

In order to help our faculty and staff stay mentally well and respond to the mental health needs of our students, the Counseling Center will be offering workshops exclusively for UMD faculty and staff throughout the fall semester.

This workshop will help faculty and staff navigate strategies for engaging in self-care and coping with stress and other common difficulties we are experiencing as faculty and staff.

December 17, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Hamsa is UMD's Jewish, LGBTQ+ group on campus, open to all denominations and identities. Join them on Zoom at 959-4147-4213 "Nice Jewish Queers". Email them at

December 17, 2020 - 1:00pm

The imperative for a more diverse and inclusive workforce is clear to most leaders. But, the path is less clear. Join us with Zendesk’s chief people and diversity officer, InaMarie Johnson, and MetricStream’s former CEO, Shellye Archambeau, as we explore inclusion and belonging strategies for your 2021 workplace.

December 15, 2020 - 6:30pm

Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness for Making Holiday Conversations BRIGHT (Black liberation-focused, Radical, Inviting, Growth promoting, Honest, and Timed appropriately). The event will cover how to have conversations with your loved ones about what you learned from Academics for Black Survival and Wellness and anti-racism. They will share new strategies, resources, and accountability questions for the holiday season.

December 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

The UMD Division of Student Affairs Queer Christians Affinity Group is a radically inclusive faith community for faculty, staff, and graduate students. As a group, we are deconstructing and queering our faith as we unpack the violence we have experienced in our faith journeys as queer people. Email with questions.

December 11, 2020 - 9:00am to December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

GBY Fest is a free 2-day, virtual event that creates intentional and alternative spaces for the advancement of Black perspectives, scholarship, positions, and conditions on a global scale. The event will convene over 1,000 innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs from around the world.

December 10, 2020 - 1:30pm

How much is the lack of diversity in corporate America costing investors and shareholders?

Countless academic studies show that diverse management teams outperform their homogenous counterparts. Yet, minorities and women only make up a fraction of senior leadership in the Fortune 500 and the investment management community.

Are investors and corporate boards failing in their fiduciary duties by allowing management to continue to operate in a sub-optimal capacity? Join Gilbert Garcia, Robert Raben, and Juan Martinez for a discussion moderated by Professor Russ Wermers on how the lack of diversity costs investors and shareholders from achieving optimal returns.


  • Gilbert Garcia, Managing Partner, Gilbert Hamilton Associates
  • Juan Martinez, VP/CFO & Treasurer, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
  • Robert Raben, Founder, The Raben Group

Moderated by Russ Wermers, Director, Center for Financial Policy.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Value Creation, UMD.

December 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

Join us for an engaging session about responding to conflict in the workplace. During this one-hour session, participants will begin to understand how social identities, such as race gender, sexual orientation, and religion, might influence how we experience and respond to conflict. You will hear different perspectives from campus experts who will offer tips on reworking language, behavior, and relationships in the workplace.

December 8, 2020 - 9:00am

This colloquium from the ARHU Dean’s Colloquium Series on Race, Equity and Justice features Richard Bell, professor of History, who will discuss African American political culture and his book: “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.”


Older Events

Summer 2020


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

A special LOFT Charla celebrating pride and discussing 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

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.


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.

Spring 2020


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 »


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 »


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 or simply walk-in. Contact Lottie Byram at

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 »


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.

Fall 2019


Diversity Training for MBA Students

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

Diversity Training for Master's Students

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


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


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


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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